Monday, 19 September 2016

Pennington Marshes - 17th September

On a grey and dreary September day in a strong north-west wind I had a wander around Pennington Marshes while Sarah enjoyed the spa at the Limewood Hotel before we met to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. It was thin pickings on the marsh with the highlights being five Yellow Wagtail, six Wheatear, one Reed Warbler, one Little Stint and six Sandwich Tern. Wigeon numbers were up to 45 and there was the usual range of waders. A steady stream of Hirundines overhead was estimated at around 250 Swallow with far smaller numbers of House Martin and Sand Martin. I felt a little underwhelmed by the whole experience and was quite pleased to meet Sarah in the Limewood for a glass of Champagne before heading to The Pig for wine and a lovely lunch!

Yellow Wagtail (1st winter) - Pennington Marshes

Whinchat (1st winter) - Pennington Marshes

Little Grebe - Pennington Marshes

Little Grebe a fairly late chick on Jetty Lagoon - Pennington Marshes

Turnstone - Pennington Marshes

Monday, 5 September 2016

Pennington Marsh - 2nd September

A grey and windy September morning found me at Pennington Marsh once more. A quick look at Efford Lagoon produced little but for a single Common Sandpiper and 15 Swallow. I headed to Fishtail Lagoon where there were five Little Stint and three Curlew Sandpiper but otherwise it was fairly quiet. So cutting along the north side of Butts and Jetty Lagoon I headed out to the seawall where I spent some time getting fairly close views of two Wood Sandpiper, two Little Stint and a Curlew Sandpiper. Also here were 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Teal, six Wigeon, two Pintail and eight Shoveler.

Wood Sandpiper - Jetty Lagoon, Pennington Marsh

Wood Sandpiper - Jetty Lagoon, Pennington Marsh

Curlew Sandpiper - Jetty Lagoon, Pennington Marsh

Curlew Sandpiper - Jetty Lagoon, Pennington Marsh

Little Stint - Jetty Lagoon, Pennington Marsh

Little Stint - Jetty Lagoon, Pennington Marsh

From the seawall at Butts Lagoon there were at least 80 Grey Plover, 20 Turnstone and 25 Ringed Plover. It was pretty cold and the strong winds made viewing difficult so I headed for Fishtail Lagoon where there was little but for a Common Sandpiper and around 35 Teal. Out to Keyhaven Lagoon a single Wheatear was the highlight. In the bushes there were few warblers, three Reed Warbler, a single Sedge Warbler and no more than five Chiffchaff. It was time to head off and it was some relief to get to the shelter of the car.

Common Sandpiper - Fishtail Lagoon, Pennington Marsh

Common Gull - Fishtail Lagoon, Pennington Marsh

Northern Wheatear- Keyhaven Lagoon, Pennington Marsh