Walk report: 05 January 2020 Keyhaven to Sturt Pond

Fourteen of us met up for the first Lym Nats walk of the decade. Beneath grey skies with little or no wind we set off from the sluice at Keyhaven to the seawall and westwards to Cut Bridge, where we followed the stream up to Sturt Pond. From the MCV hide we scanned the pond and adjacent marshes. The driving drizzle that passed through from time to time did little to dampen our spirits.

Reed Bunting
© Chris Robinson

The tide was falling and on the mud beyond the seawall feeding Curlew, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Redshank, Teal and Wigeon were noted, but there was little really out of the ordinary, unless one counts the flowering Herb Robert and Wild Carrot left over from last summer!

We enjoyed some good comparisons especially between Mediterranean and Black-headed Gulls at Sturt Pond, and also the differences between adult and juvenile Brent Geese in both the fields near Cut Bridge and from the hide at Sturt Pond. As we returned a Peregrine was perched out on the saltings offering views through the ’scopes. Back at Keyhaven a Greenshank fed on the Avon Flood and then as we reached the cars some saw a fly-by Kingfisher. RC

Mediterranean Gulls (centre)
with Black-headed Gulls
© Chris Robinson
Brent Geese - adult and 
© Chris Robinson