High water (Hurst Point) 11.20 – Spring tide.
On a lovely morning Duncan welcomed the group of 16 members with a special welcome to two walks newbies, Barbara and John.
Given the state of tide and the presence of a cool south westerly wind, the leader decided that the group would set off along the Ancient Highway to the Lower Pennington Lane car park (to look over the flooded fields) then to Pennington outfall before returning to Keyhaven. Before leaving the car park we were able to enjoy good views of a female Marsh Harrier.
|Goat Willow |
© Richard Coomber
© Chris Robinson
After a degree of clamouring from the troops, we had our mandatory biscuit stop before setting off for the sea wall and it must be reported that, again, there was a choice of dark and milk chocolate digestives! Chris forewent the biscuits, instead continuing towards the outfall. He returned several minutes later with his reward – an excellent photograph of basking adders.
We had a really close view of a hovering male Kestrel before reaching the seawall where there was a good number of Dunlin and Turnstone. A Spotted Redshank was seen as were two Great Crested Grebes.
On the walk along the seawall there were Reed Buntings, a Rock Pipit and lots of Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Particular worthy of mention are the ‘white’ Ruff on Butts Lagoon, a Chiffchaff, a quartering Marsh Harrier, the pair of Peregrines on the usual stone block, a Spoonbill on Keyhaven Lagoon, the good numbers of Pintail and Shelduck together with another significant flock of Golden Plover.
We arrived back at the carpark at 13.03 and, although, one member made some crack about packed lunches and overnight accommodation being needed for this bird walk, we were privileged to have seen 55 species.
In summary, a most enjoyable walk with good company! (DW)
|Spoonbill at Keyhaven Lagoon with Pintail and (in background) Shelduck|
© Richard Smith