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