News archive

October 2011

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Snipe perched on fence post

News Flash ..... Pennington turns up the goods, yet again !!

With the darkness of the drizzly weather only been temporarily lifted when we found the 'bacon Butty van' we set off in the drizzle for a days birding. Visibility on the lake was poor due to the weather but we did manage to see Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye and several Great Crested Grebe. The graceful Gadwall seemed to be everywhere and many of the inlets contained Teal and Shoveller feeding on the vegetation. The odd Grey and Pied Wagtail fed on the waters edge or on the weed / rocks. A trip to the Bunting Hide, with its feeding station, rarely disappoints and so it proved today. Several Bullfinch graced the feeders, with some amazingly raspberry coloured males, in amongst the more common Chaffinch and Greenfinch. Blue, Great and Coal Tits flicked between the trees and the feeders and our patience was rewarded with several visits of Willow Tit to the feeders - providing all with superb views of this rare Tit. Pennington Flash must be one of the best places in the North West to see this dainty Tit. Other hides produced a pair of Blackcap and a lovely Snipe .... who was chased into full view by a very obliging Coot ! A flash of blue announced the arrival .... and equally quick departure ..... of a Kingfisher. So fast and low over the water was the bird flying that a large part of the group completely missed it! Did the drizzle dampen our enjoyment of the birds ? No, as one of the group said 'It is October you know' but we do wonder what weather November has in store for us !!