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Yesterday, whilst out working with some of the rangers from the National Trust’s Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, we spotted a large flock (100+) of Waxwing. These incredibly cool looking winter visitors with distinctive Mohican tufts are a favourite of mine!

Large numbers can arrive in the UK when there is a shortage of food in their Scandinavian breeding grounds. So seemingly, this year and into the next, with the abundance of berries available there could be (hopefully) more encounters to come…

Saltholme in winter

Canada Geese on the iced-over main lake at Saltholme Wildlife Reserve & Discovery Park, Decemeber 2010.

This month I completed a 3-week volunteer residency at the Saltholme Wildlife Reserve & Discovery Park in Teeside. This involved working with the Estate Team (carrying out general maintenance and improvement of the site), the Visitor Centre Team (greeting visitors, recruiting RSPB members & retail work) and the Education Team (taking part in reserve events and shadowing a hide guide).

During my time at Saltholme I spotted 52 species of birds, as follows:

● Skylark 
● Barn Owl
● Redshank
● Goldfinch
● Greenfinch
● Wren
● Woodcock
● Short-eared Owl
● Moorhen
● Coot 
● Canada Goose
● Blackbird
● Blue Tit 
● Chaffinch
● Great Tit
● Carrion Crow
● Curlew
● Common Gull
● Herring Gull
● Great Black-backed Gull
● Dunnock
● Grey Partridge
● Lapwing
● Magpie
● Mallard
● Mute Swan
● Reed Bunting
● Robin
● Sparrowhawk
● Starling
● Stonechat
● Teal
● Wigeon
● Waxwing
● Water Rail
● Fieldfare
● Pochard
● Tufted Duck
● Kestrel
● Stock Dove
● Greylag Goose
● Gadwall
● Shoveler
● Pintail
● Ringed Plover
● Great Spotted Woodpecker
● Little Grebe
● Pied Wagtail
● Goldeneye
● Long-tailed Tit
● Redwing
● Grey Heron