Trip reports

Keyhaven, Hampshire

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island
RSPB Image

Thursday, 9 September 2021

10 members met at the car park for the first field trip since the start of the covid lockdowns. In overcast weather and an increasing wind we followed the walk along the sea wall.
As we walked to the start of the seawall there were several Black-tailed godwits and a Snipe on the HOS reserve and redshank over the quay. Lesser and Great black-backed gull, Black-headed gulls were all seen. On the sea side, waders included Lapwing, a single Golden plover and Curlew with a Peregrine perched on a concrete slab. Also two Dark Bellied Brent geese. In the scrub we saw a Wheatear, Stonechat, Linnet and Whitethroat. The Keyhaven lagoon held good flocks of Grey plover with a few Knot mixed in plus Oystercatcher and Dunlin, a few Greenshank, Redshank, Curlew, Little egret, Mallard and Shoveler.
We then went on to look in the Fishtail lagoon in which there were some very watchable birds. Firstly, we had good close views of two Spotted redshank and an Avocet feeding and briefly a Wood sandpiper. Some Yellow wagtails were flitting around on the far side and Meadow pipit were seen in the grass. Huge flocks of the ever-present Canada geese were on the lagoon. Two more dark bellied brent geese which seemed to be freshly arrived and probably were the vanguard of the wintering flocks. Luckily the Wood sandpiper appeared again in a settled position and we all had good views of this lovely bird. Rob found a little stint but it proved to be very illusive.
We stopped behind the bund next to the lagoon to eat our lunch in the shelter and where we could watch the many Oystercatchers and Dunlin. After lunch, and as the weather was deteriorating, we decided to make our way back to the carpark. In total, including a calling Cetti's warbler we saw around 50 species in what was a very enjoyable trip.