Reports, with Bird Lists, of our Meetings, Walks and Outings

Keyhaven and Pennington 2018
Sunday all day walk

Date: Sunday 4 November 2018 at 09:30

Details:

We left home on a very damp morning heading to Keyhaven and it got gradually wetter. Arriving at Keyhaven it was high tide, so it was decided to go to the small hide at Milford on Sea until the weather improved.

After 10:30am the weather did improve so we made our way back to Keyhaven and walked along the path where we saw rock pipit and Canada geese. As we walked on towards the wet marshy area it was more productive and we saw pintail, wigeon, shoveler and teal but no tufted or pochard. Out towards the coast there were curlew, turnstones, redshank, avocet, knot, dunlin, black-tailed godwit and grey plover.

We didn’t walk as far because we started late, but on the way back we saw a great white egret in the top of a dead tree. A buzzard and kestrel flew over.

The five people that went saw 60 species and a rabbit. We then adjourned to The Gun pub for refreshments before driving home.


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Keyhaven, 4/11/2018, variable

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Brent Goose

Egyptian Goose

Shelduck

Wigeon

Gadwall

Teal

Mallard

Pintail

Shoveler

Pheasant

Cormorant

Little Egret

Great White Egret

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Common Buzzard

Moorhen

Coot

Avocet

Oystercatcher

Grey Plover

Lapwing

Ringed Plover

Curlew

Black-tailed Godwit

Turnstone

Knot

Dunlin

Greenshank

Redshank

Snipe

Black-headed Gull

Mediterranean Gull

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Wood Pigeon

Kestrel

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Rook

Carrion Crow

Raven

Skylark

Wren

Starling

Blackbird

Song Thrush

Robin

Stonechat

Dunnock

House Sparrow

Pied Wagtail

Rock Pipit

Linnet

Goldfinch

Reed Bunting

60 Bird Species seen

Other Wildlife

Rabbit

5 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 (Jan 2018)
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 2017 visit

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