Trip reports

Keyhaven, Hampshire

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland
RSPB Image

Monday, 25 September 2017

Ten members arrived at a very damp and overcast Keyhaven, first looking at the harbour by the car parking area.. Here were Black-tailed Godwits, Dunlin, Grey Plover and some well camouflaged Turnstones and Rock Pipits. A Kingfisher was perched on a high wire in the distance. We walked eastwards along the harbour path and soon found Stonechats. Some time was spent trying to locate a previously reported Wryneck; in the end we had to admit defeat and assumed our suspect to be a skulking female Pheasant. The usual array of waders and ducks were present further on with plenty of Pintail, Teal, Shelduck, Grey Plovers, Redshank, Curlew and Ringed Plover. Most of the party turned back when the drizzle became too insistent but some went on and added 3 Spoonbills and a Dartford Warbler. The odd Swallow was still swooping around prior to departing for its winter break. After lunch we moved to Hurst Spit and walked towards Sturt Pond, a rather scruffy piece of water but attractive to the birds. Plenty of Goldfinches were feeding on weed seeds and a scan of the pond revealed Snipe, Greenshank, Mediterranean Gulls and Bar-tailed Godwits. We admired some very dapper sheep, black with white tails, feet and face stripes.

The approximate total of birds for the day was 51 including usual common species of hedgerow and field areas.

Mary Robins