Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Caerlaverock

I'm still continuing to post photos from our recent trip to Dumfries and Galloway. On the third day of our visit we went to Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve and the neighbouring WWT Reserve, one of our favourite places to visit, a mosaic of arable land and coastal habitats. 

At this time of year barnacle geese are coming in in their thousands to overwinter and feed in the fields - here is a distant view of just a few of the geese we saw.  

 

Other wildlife highlights included wigeon 

several dragonflies, including this one, which I think is a common darter

and several stonechats (click on the phto below for a better view)

In fact at one point we watched about ten stonechats in the one place, which is more than we've ever seen together!

Back in the hotel that day we had great views of a nuthatch feeding on the sunflower seeds we had put out on the wondowsill 

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9 comments:

Jeff said...

I love that name! Over here, we have had such growth in the number of Canadian Geese. They used to be a treat to see, now they are a headache

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aspiritofsimplicity said...

Lovely wildlife. It looks like a very pretty place.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Jeff, it is a lovely name, it means place of the lark. Yes numbers of geese can get out of hand sometimes...

Thanks spirit of simplicity, it is a lovely place!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

What a lovely place to visit, great bird sightings. I love the Nuthatch.
Pretty captures of the dragonflies. Take care, enjoy your day!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Love those nuthatches!

Lowcarb team member said...

Beautiful photographs here.

All the best Jan

Rambling Woods said...

I love the wildlife...makes moving toward winter easier to take...

betty-NZ said...

An awesome variety of creatures! I can't imagine so many geese all in one place!

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Caroline Gill said...

How wonderful to be in Caerlaverock, with the geese. We love the reserves and also the castle (with the wooded area at the rear being good for damselflies in summer).