Friday, 8 September 2017

Pennington Marsh - 3rd September

I had a little time on Sunday morning before I needed to do some work so on a rather cloudy and windy morning I was up early and headed down to Pennington. Walking towards Jetty Lagoon from the car park I heard a couple of Yellow Wagtail fly over and then a flock of six Spoonbill came off the lagoon and flew east. On Pennington Lagoon there were around 30 Teal and two Greenshank. The sea was pretty choppy on the rising tide and with the strong winds it was difficult to scan to sea but around 25 Common Tern and six Sandwich Tern were present.

I spent a short while scanning from Butts Lagoon but other than a small passage of Sand Martin and Swallow there was little to be seen as the waves were breaking over the last remaining areas of mudflat. On to Fishtail Lagoon it was evident that there had been an influx of ducks since my last visit with around 55 Teal and a single Pintail present. Also here were three Spotted Redshank, one juvenile and two non-breeding birds.

Onto Keyhaven Lagoon there around 175 Grey Plover on the lagoon with my first Golden Plover of the season, an adult in near summer plumage and a single juvenile Knot, also my first of the season. There were around 125 Teal and my first six Wigeon of the season and a further five Pintail.

Spoonbill - These all appeared to be juvenile birds

Spoonbill - An adult and a juvenile

Stormy skies over the jetty looking towards the Isle of Wight

Curlew - On the foreshore by the jetty

Curlew - Same bird as above, in heavy wing moult

Black-tailed Godwit on Jetty Lagoon hungering down in the rain

Spotted Redshank, two non-breeding birds and a juvenile (left bird) - Fishtail Lagoon

Juvenile Spotted Redshank  - Fishtail Lagoon

Non-breeding Spotted Redshank - Fishtail Lagoon

Grey Plover and three Dunlin - Keyhaven Lagoon

The Mornings Totals
Teal - 230
Pintail - 6
Wigeon - 6
Grey Plover - 250
Golden Plover - 1
Ringed Plover - 25
Knot - 1
Lapwing - 15
Curlew - 30
Black-tailed Godwit - 125
Turnstone - 75
Dunlin - 150
Snipe - 3
Common Sandpiper - 3
Greenshank - 2
Spotted Redshank - 3
Spoonbill - 6
Common Gull - 2
Common Tern - 25
Sandwich Tern - 6
Peregrine -1
Reed Warbler - 2
Swallow - 25
Sand Martin - 5
Chiffchaff - 6
Whitethroat - 2
Wheatear - 1
Meadow Pipit - 25
Yellow Wagtail - 4