Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Keyhaven and Pennington 2017
Sunday all day walk

Date: Sunday 19 November 2017 at 09:30

Details:

On a nice calm day with some sunshine, ten members met and had a good days birding.

We left the car park at 9:30am and walked along the sea wall to see Brent geese, curlew, redshank and turnstones close in. Further out there were flocks of dunlin, grey plover and lapwings.

The best bird of the day for me was the peregrine falcon sitting on a post along the seafront.

On the other side of the path, in the more marshy areas, we saw water pipit and meadow pipit, plus most of the normal ducks with pintail and spoonbill being the more elegant birds.

Walking along the sea wall there at least two or three pairs of bearded tits, which was quite an attraction for us and for the other walkers that we pointed them out to.

Heading inland by Pennington Marshes we did see a flock of golden plovers, linnets and also a raven and a buzzard.

One or two people saw a Dartford warbler in the bramble bushes but only briefly.

We then headed back to the car park in Keyhaven and lunch in the pub.

We saw a total of 71 species and that makes it one of the best birding spots on our programme, although it is further to travel.

Click Here to see our photos from the visit

Keyhaven Marsh, 19/11/2017, overcast then sunny

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Brent Goose

Shelduck

Wigeon

Teal

Mallard

Pintail

Shoveler

Tufted Duck

Pheasant

Cormorant

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Spoonbill

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Marsh Harrier

Common Buzzard

Moorhen

Coot

Oystercatcher

Golden Plover

Grey Plover

Lapwing

Ringed Plover

Curlew

Black-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit

Turnstone

Knot

Dunlin

Redshank

Snipe

Black-headed Gull

Mediterranean Gull

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Wood Pigeon

Kingfisher

Peregrine

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Raven

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Bearded Tit

Skylark

Cetti's Warbler (H)

Long-tailed Tit

Dartford Warbler

Wren

Starling

Blackbird

Song Thrush

Redwing

Robin

Stonechat

Dunnock

House Sparrow

Pied Wagtail

Meadow Pipit

Water Pipit

Chaffinch

Bullfinch

Greenfinch

Linnet

Goldfinch

Reed Bunting

71 Bird Species seen plus 1 heard

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel

Rabbit

10 People

 
---- Original Programme Information ----

Keyhaven MapArea of our walk, probably as far as Butts Lagoon

Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve, managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Meet at 9.30 am in the pay-and-display car park opposite The Gun Inn, Keyhaven Rd, SO41 0TP. OS SZ306914 lat/long: 50.7220,-1.5676

Click here for a map of the Car Park location The car park is £6 for up to six hours (Feb 2017)
Note - There is limited free 4-hour parking on the unnamed road running East, across the top of Keyhaven inlet, but it fills up early.

Heyhaven habitat

A sea wall separates mud flats and salt marshes on one side from brackish lagoons and pastures on the other. Hope to see Dartford warbler, linnet, stonechat, wheatear, kingfisher alongside Brent geese, turnstone, dunlin, plover, little egret, black-tailed godwit, shoveler, teal, wigeon, gadwall and pintail.

Click here for a report of our 2016 visit

Click here for a report of our 2015 visit

Click here for a report of our 2014 visit

Facilities: toilets at the car park and food at the pub opposite. The Solent Way path along the sea wall is level and well surfaced. It goes all the way to Lymington, 4.5 miles away. We shall not be going that far, but a round trip of five miles is likely. There are footpaths into the pastures - these are not surfaced and can be muddy.

Click here for PDF leaflet about Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes