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October 2018

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Flash ...... saviour of the birding world!

Flash ...... saviour of the birding world!

The cold wind driving across the lake into our faces didn't deter us for looking for birds and we were rewarded with a Whooper Swan plus 5 Goosanders in amongst the large numbers of Tufted Duck, 21 Great Crested Grebe and Coot on Pennington Flash. At this time of the year the lake holds a variety of wildfowl and so it proved today with Pochard, Goldeneye, Gadwall and Teal adding to the already mentioned birds. We've never been here and not seen Kingfisher and today was no exception, with several sightings and one particular bird landing on a branch right in front of the hide ! Another bird we wanted was the Willow Tit and rather unusually we didn't find this lovely bird at the feeding station but came across 3 feeding in trees off one of the paths .... brilliant views and no man-made feeders in sight !!!! Other birds amongst the berry laden bushes and trees included Jay, Redwing, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting. We cheated a bit on the way home and called in to St Helens to find the Rosy Starling that had been reported there .... what a lovely bird and a great way to finish off a brilliant days birding !!