21 April 2012 - Trip to Pennington flash

23rd April 2012
Neill Carden and myself visited Pennington Flash on Saturday morning as he had just acquired a 500mmNikon lens and he was desperate to try it out. The other reason being that we both wanted to improve on our existing Bullfinch photographs.

As we drove up the M6 it was raining quite hard but the weather forecast was for grey cloud with intermittent rain so we continued on in the hope that the rain would abate.

When we arrived sure enough the rain had stopped and although not sunny and bright it was light enough! The best hide for the Bullfinches is the Bunting hide but when the trees are fully leaved it can reduce the light quite a lot but luckily not too many leaves.


Pair of Bullfinch

There were quite a few Bullfinches around along with Willow, Blue, Great and Coal Tits. There were also Greenfinch, Magpies, Wood Pigeon, Dunnock & Robin and a Wood mouse also put in an appearance just for good measure.


Male Bullfinch


Female Bullfinch


Chaffinch


Dunnock


After spending some time at the Bunting Hide we had a bit of a wander around but we didn’t see an awful lot although we did find a Wren singing in a thicket that we did manage to snap. The Blackcap and the Chiffchaff that I attempted to photograph failed miserably.


Singing Wren

After that we decided to have a look at the hide Neill and I have put up back in Warrington. We put it up last weekend and filled all the feeders to attract the birds and just left it for the birds to get used to it. We know most of the common birds are around and Neill has seen a Goldcrest and a few other less common birds. We only stayed about 30 minutes but these are my first two photos taken from the hide.


Great Tit on feeder


Great Tit

We are on the look out for some more natural or photogenic perches now!!

For those interested this is what was recorded on No3 bed at Woolston Eyes on Saturday.

Woolston Eyes Saturday 21st April 2012
Highlights being: One Cuckoo, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 adult Little Gulls on the scrape in front of the Morgan Hide, 2 Kingfishers, 3 Common Snipe, 2 Water Rails and all three hirundines. In addition Kieran Foster and his team ringed the first Grasshopper Warbler and Reed Warbler of the year.

Cheers

Andy

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