Pennington Flash

Sunny intervals, but with a coolish wind blowing off the Flash

Despite the traffic that many of us encountered en route, our first meeting of the new season was well attended, and, as ever, did not fail to disappoint. Following what now appears to be our established clockwise route round the hides, we first called at the Horrocks Hide from where the Spit showed plenty of activity with Lapwings, Cormorants, Mute Swan and Gadwall all clearly in evidence. A little more patience was required, however, to make out a Teal and a Snipe, probing for food at the water’s edge.

Moving on to the Edmondson Hide new treats were in store: a Green Sandpiper was visible probing in the shallows and clearly illuminated in the bright sunlight, and a less obvious Snipe was moving round at the base of some willows; a Kingfisher was glimpsed flashing across the water in front of the hide (though sadly missed by most of the group); Chiffchaff and Black Caps were flitting back and forth in the brambles close to the hide; and then a small group of four or five Roe Deer suddenly appeared, bouncing along through the long grass to the left of the hide.

Several more Snipe  were seen from the next hide we visited (perhaps evidence of the start of the arrival of these birds from northern Europe, boosting the resident population over the winter), but the highlight here was a bright Kingfisher resting in the bushes overlooking the water, and this time everyone was able to catch sight of this spectacular bird. A long walk round to the Teal Hide, through woodland beginning in places to show the colours of autumn, yielded little else in the way of sightings, but once settled there, sharp eyes made out yet another Kingfisher resting a little way back in the bushes on the far side of the lake.

Having struggled a little to make out this bird, its mate obligingly came to rest on one of the posts in the centre of the shallow lake, where we had no trouble viewing it. Before moving on to Bunting Hide, we were treated to the spectacle of a Heron fishing (and having a little difficulty in swallowing its prey!).  At Bunting Hide the well-stocked feeders were bringing in the usual mix of woodland birds, many of which were looking a little dowdy, apart from the Nuthatch whose plumage was bright and colourful. Amongst the sightings, however, Bullfinch were notable by their absence, but with thoughts of lunch beginning to come to the fore, most of the group decided to give up the wait and make their back towards the car park: a lucky few who tarried were rewarded for their patience by the sight of a pair of these fine-looking birds!

Bird List (BP)

  1. Great- Crested Grebe
  2. Cormorant
  3. Grey Heron
  4. Mute Swan
  5. Canada Goose
  6. Gadwall
  7. Teal
  8. Mallard
  9. Shoveler
  10. Tufted Duck
  11. Moorhen
  12. Coot
  13. Lapwing
  14. Snipe
  15. Green Sandpiper
  16. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  17. Black-headed Gull
  18. Wood Pigeon
  19. Kingfisher
  20. Pied Wagtail
  21. Wren
  22. Dunnock
  23. Blackbird
  24. Chiffchaff
  25. Blackcap
  26. Robin
  27. Long-tailed Tit
  28. Great Tit
  29. Blue Tit
  30. Coal Tit
  31. Nuthatch
  32. Magpie
  33. Starling
  34. Chaffinch
  35. Greenfinch
  36. Bullfinch
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One thought on “Pennington Flash

  1. Hi Clive + T.T team.Please see photos of the day together with Big Birds especially for our recorder. Also spotted by other members.The Haymaking scene was delightful.Hope all enjoy. We may have enough photos from our team to make a Calendar for next year . Perhaps our Hilary who is a Calendar making expert could give us some tips!!! Best Wishes John Hancock

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