Monday, 13 September 2010

Pennington Flash, Gtr Manchester - 13th September 2010

The day before my visit, a Wryneck joined Black Necked Grebe and Red Necked Grebe at Pennington Flash so a planned visit to Brockholes Quarry with Nick Patel changed to a Pennington visit. Sadly the Wryneck wasnt seen after the initial sighting on the first day. While we were there, we located the Red Necked Grebe but the Black Necked Grebe decided to play hide and seek. A trip to Buntings Hide proved to be very productive with the usual Finches aswell as my best recent history views of Willow Tit on the near tables and a couple of Chiffchaff around the hide. (a very wet adult and a very yellow juvenile.) There was also a singing male around the reserve.
Juv Red Necked Grebe
2 Willow Tit

Female Chaffinch
Juv Bullfinch
Male Bullfinch wearing a 'pied' Redpoll mask!

After the trip back, I felt hungry for more and decided the bad weather was exactly the magnet to attract me to Brockholes Quarry. Bill Aspin and I spent in total 5 hours between us overlooking No1 pit (mainly) and the rest of the site. Apart from a decent Hirundine Passage (mainly Swallow), literally no birds passed through the site. A possible reminder that the site is certainly not the passage site that it used to be?

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