Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Reed Bunting - Pennington Flash

When my Mum and Dad came up to see me a few weeks ago, I was determined to take them to Pennington Flash, probably the prime bird site in Manchester. It's also one of my favourite spots. You get such variety every time with such varied habitats. It rarely lets you down, even on a so called quiet day.
It was a cold wet morning (sounds familiar for this part of the world), but we were lucky, in that the rain moved away quickly and left us with bright sunshine. So with my daughter Eleanor in toe we headed for the hides. There was so much activity in all the trees and hedges. I couldn't have planned it better. My Mum picked out a stunning male Bullfinch, and I guess we could have gone home then as this is the jewel in the crown for her. I was so pleased she spotted it herself.
A few Redwings, Nuthatches, Song Thrush and Long Tailed Tits later we were sat in the hide watching an amazing show, as dozens of birds were feeding in front of us. Lots of different species but lots of Reed Buntings. I'd not seen that many recently, but there seemed to be a real abundance on this day. So while all eyes were on the Bullfinches and Willow Tits I looked after the Reed Buntings. A handsome little fellow.

The female.

The male.


19 comments:

  1. Beautiful birds ! Your shots are always perfect !
    Greetings

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  2. Nicely done. These turned out great. I like the male and female for comparison. Congrats!

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  3. Pretty birds dressed in greys or blacks, browns and whites!

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  4. Wonderful, rich, distinctive markings. Thank you for sharing, Adam.

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  5. Pretty birds! Sounds like you all had a great day.

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  6. Lovin' this couple. Always comparing the male with the female is so educational for me. You did a mighty fine job getting perfect photos for us.

    Thanks for sharing this link this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'!!

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  7. Great time with family! Wonderful photos!

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  8. Oh these are beautiful Adam!:) Both male and female have lovely markings and I like their soft muted colouring.

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  9. These are beautiful little birds.

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  10. Yes I too enjoy seeing the male and female for comparison... great shots.. Thank you for linking into Nature Notes Adam... Michelle

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  11. Your birds are just gorgeous and your photos of them are awesome!

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  12. Pretty shots of your Reed ?Bunting! The male is gorgeous! Thank you for linking up, sorry I am late commenting!

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