Pennington Flash 11/06/22

The car park was busy when we arrived, a fun run was just ending, and the adjacent golf course was busy. Very few birds on the main lake were seen from the car park, some Canada geese, coots, mallards, black-headed gulls, and mute swans. The first stop was the Horrocks hide that looks out onto a spit of land that runs away from the hide. It is always cool in this hide and in winter it can be freezing. Today the weather was warm but not so much in the hide.  Close in were a couple of Egyptian geese, a lapwing with young feeding on the edge of a small pool, and the usual woodpigeons and black-headed gulls. Out in the distance beyond the end of the spit was where most of the birds were to be seen. There was gadwall, great crested grebe, common tern, but surprisingly no sign of swallows or martins.

Leaving Horrocks hide we enjoyed the sun as we walked to Edmonson hide. Here we heard reed bunting and eventually got to see it, blackcap, and not much else. At this time of year with the foliage so thick seeing birds is difficult so listening is vital to finding them. Blackcaps were singing everywhere but impossible to see, chiffchaff, willow warbler, and whitethroat also sang but only the whitethroat was seen. Unfortunately for us, the bird feeding station food was gone. About three stock doves and as many squirrels and one rat were clearing the remains. A robin and great tit put in brief appearances.

We eventually saw tufted duck, grey heron, cormorant, and a flock of house martins feeding over on lake. The species total was about 30 by the end of the day and we parted in good spirits until the next Saturday short walk that will be in September.

Duncan Turner