About Me

When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Thursday and Saturdays, New Years day and May Day. How many walk? Walks take place as long as there are at least 2 wanting to walk on that day. More walk on a Thursday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, and usually about 8 mid-week and 3-4 on Saturday. Where do we walk? Saturday: Anywhere in North and Mid-Wales, Peak District, Shropshire and the Long Mynd and as far North as the Trough of Bowland. Thursday: Anywhere within about 40 miles of Chester. Type of walk: Distance: 6 – 14 miles. Climb: up to 4000’ (but usually very much less!). Those involved in 2017:- Martyn Harris, Fran Murphy, Sue and Michel Pelissier, Annie Hammond, Sue and Dave Pearson, Mike Dodd, David and Anne Savage, Celia de Mengle, Wendy and Ian Peers, Roger and Margaret Smith, Tim and Carol Dwyer, Paul Collinson, Phil Marsland, Sylvia and Dave Jenkins, Sheila McNee, Ed Meads, Elaine and John Greenhalgh.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Pennington Flash and Martin Mere 22nd August 2011

Willow tit at Pennington Flash feeding station.
Bullfinches at Pennington Flash feeding station.
Male Bullfinch at Pennington Flash feeding Station.
European robin at Pennington Flash feeding station.
Juvenile Cuckoo at Martin Mere.
Walk stats: Distance: 5.0 miles. Climb:129'.
Time: 3 hours 24 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.7 m.p.h. Overall walk average:1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Sue Powell.
Not the original walk planned, but this turned out to be a glorious day for walks around Pennington Flash and Martin Mere, although the bright sunshine often meant that many of the colours on the birds were difficult to see.
It started off well with large numbers of Greenfinch and Bullfinch visiting the feeders at Pennington Flash, but the star bird of the day was a Juvenile Cuckoo showing well at Martin mere. A couple of Willow tits at Pennington Flash feeding station and two Whooper swans at Martin mere were a bonus and the latter unexpected too.
Birds seen or heard today included: Common coot, Moorhen, Mallard, Canada goose, Mute swan, Great crested grebe, Tufted duck, Great tit, Blue tit, Bullfinch, European robin, Woodpigeon, Common pheasant, Black-billed magpie, Lapwing, Great cormorant, Common cuckoo, Whooper swan, Tree sparrow, Barn swallow, Black-headed gull, Grey heron, Ruff, Feral pigeon, Herring gull, Chaffinch, Greylag goose, Great black-backed gull and Kestrel.
A good day birdwatching as we walked around these two very popular venues, finishing with an enjoyable meal at Sue's.

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