Low water 12.00 – Neap tideGiven the state of the ebbing tide and the presence of a cold westerly wind, the leader decided that the very select group of keen birding members and one visitor would set off along the sea wall to Pennington outfall, then down to Lower Pennington Lane carpark (to look over the flooded fields) before returning to Keyhaven along the ancient highway.
© Richard Coomber
We listed 33 species during the walk including good numbers of Shoveler, Dunlin, Shelduck, Lapwing, Wigeon, Brent Geese and Pintail. A particular highlight was seeing two Peregrines at rest followed by one of them dive bombing a duck into the water! Other birds of note included Greenshank, Mediterranean Gull (3), Rock Pipit, Greenshank and two Marsh Harriers.
We had our mandatory biscuit stop just after leaving the sea wall and it must be reported that, following additional training (see Exbury Gardens report), there was a choice of dark and milk chocolate digestives!
Although there were very few people on the walk, it was most enjoyable and it enabled easy communication within the group. (DW)