|The Spit in Sunny October|
Following yesterday's somewhat disappointing birding trip, I went out to Penny today in bright autumn sunshine. I had agreed to meet Dave Broome at Horrocks Hide because he was getting rid of some old birding magazines and had said I could have them.
|Redwing Eating Berries|
After meeting up with Dave and talking to David Wilson, I carried on round the hides, meeting various other people along the way including Jon Taverner, John Tymon and two other very nice birders whose names I don't know. I spent a good half hour with Jon trying to photograph the elusive Redwing which were eating berries in several locations - I did manage to get some shots, but their quality isn't that great.
|A Closer View|
A kestrel also flew over as we waited patiently for the Redwing.
|Kestrel hunting for food|
Bidding farewell to Jon, I moved on to Teal Hide down a wooded path I haven't tried before. It was clear from some of the holes in the trees that Woodpeckers feed in this area. At Teal Hide my first encounter was with a Robin that just had to be photographed.
|Please take my picture !|
And then I concentrated on the drake Goosander which had been forced closer t the hide than usual due to the high water levels.
|Drake Goosander with duck behind|
|Drake Goosander in the water|
I also had a fleeting glance of two Snipe which I only identified by looking at this photograph later.
|Two Snipe flashed by|
From here I went to the feeding station at Bunting Hide to try to get some better pictures of the Nuthatch. Instead I got some more of the Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Reed Bunting as the Nuthatch wouldn't keep still for long enough.
|Greater Spotted Woodpecker|
I finished off a very pleasant day by talking to John Tymon back at Horrock's Hide about cameras - he's sold all his unused camera gear and got a new hybrid camera toy to play with - naturally he was keen to tell me all about it.
In summary today I saw:
- Grey Wagtail
- Tufted Duck
- Grey Heron
- Greater Spotted Woodpecker
- Willow Tit
- And various Gulls
Yep, we should have taken Grandad Bob to Penny to see the birds - I counted over 30 species here today compared to a rather paltry seven at Mere Sands Wood.
I was also told that there was a Siskin present at the feeding station and although I heard it, I didn't actually see it. One to look out for in the future.
P.S. Thanks for the magazines Dave, they're much appreciated.