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Drake Garganey at the top of the spit this morning.

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Thought I'd try the Flash for a change now the wind has dropped slightly. The car park was almost full, and hundreds of folk wandering about everywhere - surprisingly, almost all keeping sensible distances - easier with the Golf Club closed

Numerous Blackcaps singing, Chiffchaff, couple of Whitethroat, Bullfinch

On the spit, Oystercatcher, not much else. Very distant Tern, couldn't quite decide if Common or Arctic. Also, a couple of idiots walking along the shore who decided to walk onto the spit - they came back after a polite shout from me

Over the Flash, 50-70 Swifts, and maybe a couple of Sand Martins - too distant to be sure. Gave up completely when some berk sat on the bench near me playing loud "music"

Next visit won't be on a warm Sunday afternoon. I went out to lose stress, not gain it

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11 Arctic Tern present by 09:30, including a first summer bird.

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9 Arctic Terns present this morning.

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A pair of Whimbrel seen briefly on the end of the Spit yesterday 08.30 - they flew off when disturbed by a family of the now ubiquitous Canada Geese/Goslings.

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Very breezy with only the Swifts seeming to cope in the conditions.

2 Common Tern on the spit, then whoosh a Sandwich Tern powered through heading NW about 4:30



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Both Avocet flew off SW at 08:08

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2 Avocet on the spit this morning.

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All hides closed so viewing by Horrocks Hide restricted, maybe best viewed from Ramsdales Ruck to ensure social distancing etc. Main car park only open at 9am and western end car park remains closed.



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Quick lunchtime visit after Bickershaw.

On the spit- 2 Common Terns

Overhead a few swifts but no hirundines.

1 Garden Warbler 



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Early this morning's highlights:

! Ringed Plover

8 Common Tern

3 Shelduck

2 Oystercatcher

4 singing Cetti's Warbler

110 Swift

 

 



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Also this morning, cuckoo calling somewhere between Tom Edmondson hide and Teal hide, plus two garden warblers singing and 3 common terns.

Pennington Flash is my nearest open space and I continued to visit the place for my daily walk right through lockdown. I don't want to post a lot of backdated records here, but if anybody is interested there's a post on my blog with details and photographs of some of the scarcer birds I saw and first arrival dates for migrants. These include osprey, little gull, Arctic terns, pied flycatcher, black-necked grebes, garganey, little tern, greenshank, kittiwake and whimbrel. If you can click on the link in my signature it will take you there, if not copy and paste. You'll need to scroll down to 12th May.

  



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Sanderling and Ringed Plover on the spit this morning.

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Gents, these problems need to be posted on the 'Pennington Flash Issues and Concerns' thread on the discussion forum so they may at least be catalogued and at some point they might be used to try and do something about it. I know Dave Shallcross does his best and a fine job too, but it will take more than just one person to even get anywhere near resolving these issues I feel.



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Yesterday evening (Wednesday) while stood by Ramsdales Hide 2 guys walked out over scrapes to the middle island and out of view, they weren't carrying anything. When later on the point I looked at the spit and couldn't see them. Maybe these were the same people.

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This morning 7:30 - 9:30

Ringed plover 1 yacht club

Garden warbler 1 singing east bay

Shelduck 3

Swift 50

Depressingly, when I arrived in East bay at 7:30 there was a temporary hide on the end of the spit. It wasn't a angler, it was the type of hide either photographer or a shooter uses. At about 7:45 the person in the hide got out and took the hide down and left. I didn't see either a gun or a camera but whatever he had it was in his large rucksack. 



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Please note, the car parks at the flash (both ends) and all hides remain closed but access is permissible by foot or bicycle.



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Circular bike ride around the flash very early this morning:

4 singing Cetti's Warbler, one or two missing from usual territories but one heard in a new one so maybe there's been a bit of moving about

500 Sand Martin

320 House Martin, including 160 in a single tight flock resting around the sailing club

180 Swallow

Very few Swift

4 Sedge Warbler

12 Reed Warbler

6 Whitethroat

17 Bullfinch



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Pennington Flash is now closed to visitors and today at least, the entrance off St. Helens Road has been coned off and a Police car present to turn away those who are stupid enough to ignore the current health warnings and Government guidelines.

With this in mind, there should be no further posts of any nature on this thread until the lockdown is lifted.



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Just for information, the car park here is now closed and will remain so while the current COVID-19 lockdown remains in place.



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Highlights early this morning:

Little Ringed Plover

220 Sand Martin

3 Redshank

2 Greylag Geese



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The adult Iceland Gull roosted again this evening and 90+ Sand Martin were feeding.

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Yes John, you are right the Hides are all closed untill further notice. the hides were locked this morning at 0945hrs stickers on the doors.

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Apparently the council are at Pennington flash closing the hides for the foreseeable future 2nd hand news but thought it may stop people travelling. 



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This evening's highlights (also with Phil Rhodes viewing from Ramsdales Ruck though):

Usual adults of Iceland and Yellow-legged Gull

84 Sand Martin

31 Goldeneye

10 Oystercatcher



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Additional sightings from this morning:

Curlew through SE

1 Redshank

12 Snipe

Info thanks to Barry Hulme



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This morning:

22 Sand Martin

15 singing Chiffchaff (nature reserve area only)

10 Goosander

 

 



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Adult Iceland Gull roosted this evening and 44 Sand Martin present.

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Adult Iceland Gull on the spit at about 1.30 today. Flew off over the sailing club after washing and preening. Also 17 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher and at least 30 Sand Martin in the area of the sailing club.



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This evening along with Phil Rhodes:

1 Sandwich Tern which probably flew off west after being harassed by Black-headed Gulls (photo on website galleries)

28 Sand Martin feeding off the sailing club and Sorrowcow Farm

Usual adult Iceland and Yellow-legged Gulls

2 Little Egret flew low east along the length of the flash

26 Goldeneye

Male Cetti's warbler belting out song from Sorrowcow Pond

Goldcrest on territory



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Highlights from early this morning:

2 Curlew

1 Redshank

1 Black-tailed Godwit over west

3 Sand Martin

2 Shelduck


Yesterday:

2 Raven

1 Sand Martin

 

All info thanks to Bill Harrison 

 



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1 Adult Iceland Gull in the roost this evening, also 2 Sand Martin.

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Highlights from this morning included:

2 Chiffchaff

1 Sand Martin

1 Little Egret

Info thanks to Barry Hulme



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Adult Iceland Gull & 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull in the roost this evening. Also 5 Sand Martins. 



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Circuit round the flash this morning produced the following highlights:

Sand martin feeding over main flash

2 Curlew west

Redshank

2 Grey Partridge

5 singing Male Chiffchaff 

Several Skylark on the rucks

Single Shelduck 

5 singing Male Cettis warbler

 

 

 



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Two adult Iceland Gulls roosted this evening.

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Single Black-tailed Godwit east over Horrocks Hide this mooring, also 10 Goosander on the flash.

Info thanks to Bill Harrison



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Adult Iceland Gull and 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull this evening.

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This evening:

Adult Iceland Gull

Dunlin flew west

Sand Martin feeding

Redshank along the sailing club shore

Info thanks to Phil Rhodes

 

 

 



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Adult Iceland Gull in the roost fairly briefly this evening and 2 Little Egret flew SW at 6:20pm.

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Earlier this morning:

3 Little Egret

11 Lesser Redpoll

6 Oystercatcher

9 Goosander

Info thanks to Barry Hulme

 



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1 Sand Martin through east at about 10.30



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Single Knot on the spit at 09:45

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This morning’s highlights:

3 Little Egret

31 Snipe

9 Oystercatcher

10 Goosander

Info thanks to Barry Hulme



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Early this morning:

 

1 Curlew

41 Snipe

5 Oystercatcher

 

Info thanks to Barry Hulme 



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Highlights from this morning:

Curlew

8 Oystercatcher

8 Wigeon

Info thanks to Bill Harrison



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This morning:

 

34 Snipe

36 Redwing

1 Little Egret

2 Shelduck

10 Goosander

 

Info thanks to Barry Hulme



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Adult Iceland Gull and an adult Herring Gull with practically white primaries (!!) roosted this evening.

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This Morning

A Probable Siberian chiffchaff (Phylloscopus (collybita) tristis) was present for a short while at the front of Horrocks hide this morning,unfortunately it didn't call

Little Egret

Cetti's Warbler - 1 Male

Oystercatcher-10



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The adult Iceland Gull was in the roost this evening, plus a first winter Yellow-legged Gull.

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This morning:

 

20 Snipe

22 Redwing

8 Oystercatcher

2 Shelduck

2 Redpoll

 

Info thanks to Barry Hulme



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