Saturday, 2 October 2010

Pennington Flash

I popped out to Penny mid-morning today whilst the rest of the family were out playing badminton in Bolton.  The highlight of the trip was seeing my first Nuthatch close up, but I also enjoyed seeing a group of six Snipe, a Grey Heron which flew right over me and some female Goosander which had returned after breeding.  Here's a summary of today's sightings in the order I visited the hides:

Bunting Hide

Nuthatch at Bunting Hide Feeding Station
  • Nuthatch
  • Chaffinch
  • Greenfinch
  • Bullfinch
  • Robin
  • Magpie
  • Moorhen
  • Mallard
  • Willow Tit
  • Great Tit
  • Blue Tit
Puffed up Blue Tit at Bunting Hide Feeding Station
Teal Hide

Two female Goosander and a male Shoveller at Teal Hide
  • Goosander
  • Shoveller
  • Tufted Duck
  • Lapwing
  • Coot
  • Gadwall
Male Gadwall at Teal Hide

Ramsdale's Hide

Juvenile Black Necked Grebe
  • Juvenile Black Necked Grebe (thanks to Rob Thorpe)
  • Gadwall
  • Coot
  • Moorhen
  • Mallard
  • Mute Swan and juveniles
Juvenile Mute Swan at Ramsdale's Hide
Horrocks Hide

Six Snipe in front of four Canada Geese
  • Common Snipe
  • Teal
  • Cormorant
  • Lapwing
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Canada Goose
  • Various Gulls
  • Grey Heron
Grey Heron Flying over Horrocks Hide
There was nothing much to see at Pengy's, Lapwing and Tom Edmonson's Hide whilst I was there today. I'm sure there were other birds around, but none that I could identify on my own.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks to Rob Thorpe who identified the Black-Necked Grebe for me. Here's his reply ....

    The photo in your link is 100% certainly the juvenile Black-necked Grebe that's been hanging around for a while. Little grebes don't have the white on the face, throat and neck, they're more of a buff almost yellowish colour.

    Also check the headshape and the contrast between the black "cap" and the pale cheeks, these are the best way of separating black-necked from little grebes.

    You might also want to look at juvenile and winter plumage slavonian grebes, they can be difficult to separate from black-necked, but should show a smaller black "cap" and a different head shape.


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