07 February 2016 Keyhaven Bird Walk

In the lull after Storm Imogen, Brian + 10 set off from Keyhaven following the 5km Brent Trail clockwise with a short detour to take in the Western Balancing Pond. With much bird activity the walk was to last all of 3 hours.

Selected sightings:

Western Balancing Pond: Greylag Goose
Along the "Ancient Highway": Common Buzzards being mobbed by Carrion Crows, Raven, male Stonechat, Kestrel
Pond/lake at the end of Lower Pennington Lane: Gadwall, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull
Pennington Marsh/Shoveler Pools: large numbers of Golden Plover
Fishtail Lagoon: 5 Spoonbills (4 in a short flight and all 5 feeding), Common Snipe (bottom)
Spoonbills in flight
Keyhaven Lagoon: another Spoonbill
Iley Point: Reed Bunting
Offshore: Red-breasted Meganser, Knot, Long-tailed duck

The minimum number of species sighted was 50 with a few others not corroborated and some debate over the various species of pipits.
Common Snipe