Trip reports

RSPB trip to Pennington Flash and Burton Mere Wetlands on 20th May 2018

RSPB trip to Pennington Flash and Burton Mere Wetlands on 20th May 2018
Robert Haigh Publicity

Sunday, 20 May 2018

We left springwood car park at 8am. The weather was lovely and warm all day. We arrived at Pennington Flash at 9am were there was plenty to be seen including Garden Warbler, Common Tern and Little Ringed Plover. There was a large number of Grey Herons on the pools along with waterfowl such as Widgeon, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan and Greylag goose. We left Pennington at 11 am arriving at Burton Mere one hour later. Where again there was a good number of water birds adding Shelduck and Shoveler to our list and also the special sighting of a Garganey. Also nesting at the sight were Herons and Little and Great Egrets although they proved difficult to see due to the foliage the baby Egrets could be heard using there strange gargling sound. There was a large number of Black Headed Gulls nesting alongside Avocets and there were good views of their chicks. If you searched hard enough among the Black headed Gulls, Mediterranean Gulls could be spotted. Sandwich and Common Terns was also present and Little Gull before or at the far hide. The whole site was filled with the songs of White throat, Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers. We left Burton Mere at 5.pm a good day was had by all. 29 people attended at a cost of £14 each over 70 species of Birds were seen.