Visit to Saltholme RSPB Reserve TS2 1TU 9th September 2023

14 of us enjoyed the easy walking from the visitor’s centre around the reserve on a very hot sunny Saturday. We saw finches in hedges near the paths on our way to the hides,

watched two Kestrels hovering above the fields and were thrilled to see a Marsh Harrier gliding past. 

Pools Hide

At Saltholme Pools Hide where we had good views of birds on the water, telescopes were shared when a sought after rare American migrant, a Buff-Breasted Sandpiper was spotted amongst many other waders including Curlew Sandpipers, poking into mud for food.

Although distant, it was exciting to see the Buff-Breasted Sandpiper.

Some of the other waders seen were Redshank, Blacktailed Godwit, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper and Lapwing

It was interesting to identify numerous ducks such as Gadwall, Pochard, Teal, Wigeon and Shoveler, as well as Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe and Cormorant.

Going through a gateway near the visitor’s centre leads to the walled garden with a raised pond.

The garden was looking very colourful and alive with bees, butterflies and other insects.

Afterwards we were ready for a drink and most of the group enjoyed refreshments on the café balcony with a view of the lake and many birds.  At least 54 species had been seen that morning.