Walk Report: 04 November 2018 Normandy Bird Walk

Setting off in conditions markedly improved on his summer walk (i.e. just "wet"), Brian led a small party around Normandy on a route that followed Normandy Lane, the Pinckney Path, part of the Solent Way, Normandy Dock, Normandy Marsh/Lagoon, Maiden Dock and 8 Acre Pond, before returning to Maiden Lane.

Fields/Hedgrows: Flocks of Curlew, Starling and Goldfinch; Pheasant ( and ), Jay and Moorhen.
Normandy Dock: The recent work of the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve Conservation Volunteers in laying a length of hedge, clearing scrub and creating a dead hedge along the footpath improves both access and the views across to Normandy Farm.
Lymington River/Oxey Lake: A Kingfisher fishing from the breakwater; Great Crested Grebe (5+); Canada Goose.
Solent Way: A memorial bench at Normandy included a plaque commemorating Roy Freeman, Brian's uncle who died in 2004.
Normandy Marsh: Blushing red drifts of the succulent, upward-pointing fingers of Common Glasswort (Salicornia europaea).
Normandy Lagoon: Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pintail ( and ), Red-breasted Merganser (), Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Little Grebe (5+), Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Redshank and Turnstone. BM