Visit to Pennington Flash – 11 April 2017

By | June 21, 2017

One of our regular sites which we often visit at this time of year when some of the winter visitors are still present and summer visitors have started to arrive for the breeding season. There is also always a chance at this time of the year of spotting migrating birds flying overhead or dropping in to feed before continuing their journey. Unfortunately the weather conditions – mostly cloudy with a strong and blustery northerly wind prevented any migrant sightings on this visit.

The feeding station near the woodland hide virtually guarantees sightings of bullfinches and many other woodland and garden birds.

The lack of leaves at this time of year makes it easier to locate birds heard singing in the trees, but they are still difficult to photograph as this picture of a Chiffchaff taken by Bill Hale illustrates:

 

Despite the weather conditions this visit was well attended, 15 members of the group being present.

 

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A total of 49 species were recorded on this visit:

 
Species Number Seen Comment
Black-headed Gull Hundreds  
Blackbird Several  
Blackcap A few  
Blue Tit Several  
Bullfinch Several  
Buzzard One Others heard only
Canada Goose Many  
Carrion Crow Several  
Chaffinch Several  
Chiffchaff Several  
Coal Tit Two PM only
Coot Many 1 on nest
Cormorant Several  
Dunnock A few  
Gadwall c10  
Goldcrest One PM only
Goldfinch A few  
Great Black-backed Gull One  
Great Crested Grebe A few  
Great Tit Several  
Grey Heron One  
Herring Gull One  
Hybrid Duck A few  
Lapwing A few  
Lesser Black-backed Gull Several  
Little Grebe One  
Little Ringed Plover One Peter C
Long-tailed Tit One  
Magpie Many  
Mallard Hundreds  
Moorhen Several  
Mute Swan Many  
Nuthatch Two  
Oystercatcher A few  
Pheasant One  
Redshank One  
Reed Bunting Several  
Robin Several  
Sand Martin Many  
Shelduck A few  
Shoveler Several  
Song Thrush Heard only  
Stock Dove One  
Teal Several  
Tufted Duck Many  
Willow Tit Two PM only
Willow Warbler Heard only  
Woodpigeon Many  
Wren One PM only