My Patch

This page is about my patch, Pennington and Keyhaven Marshes, its not so much my 'local' patch as its a 30 minute drive to site from home, but its certainly my favourite birding site in Hampshire and I try to get to site at least once a week. The area I bird consists of lagoons, scrub, salt marsh and the Solent shore. The plan below shows the route I usually walk, it usually takes around four hours or so to complete and takes in a nice range of habitats at the site. There is little woodland within my route and therefore species such as Treecreeper and Nuthatch are hard to come by for the annual patch list.

Keyhaven Lagoon from the south-east - April 2016

Fishtail Lagoon from south-west - April 2016

Hurst Castle from West High Down, Isle of Wight - April 2016

Hurst Castle and Lighthouse from Pennington - May 2016


MY PATCH LIST(species in bold are British Birds Rarities with dates shown the date the individual stayed rather than the date that I saw the bird, species in brackets are escapes)

Mute Swan
(Black Swan - 5 in April 2016)
White-fronted Goose
Bean Goose
Greylag Goose
Brent Goose
(Barnacle Goose (Escape))
Red-breasted Goose (winters of 2012/13 & 2013/14)
Shelduck
(Bar-headed Goose (Escape))
Mallard
Gadwall
Pintail
Shoveler
Wigeon
Teal
Garganey
Pochard
Tufted Duck
Eider
Long-tailed Duck
Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pheasant
Red-legged Partridge
Red-throated Diver
Black-throated Diver
Great Northern Diver
Slavonian Grebe
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Fulmar
Manx Shearwater
Gannet
Cormorant
Shag
Night Heron
Little Egret
Grey Heron
Spoonbill
Osprey
Marsh Harrier
Montagu's Harrier (31/08/14)
Common Buzzard
Honey Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Goshawk
Kestrel
Hobby
Peregrine Falcon
Merlin
Water Rail
Moorhen
Coot
Oystercatcher
Avocet
Black-winged Stilt (27th May-9th June 2012)
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Lesser Sandplover - 22nd-26th July 2013 (image from The Birds of Sussex).This bird was of the race mongolus this was the 4th British record of the species, five of the seven British records have been confirmed as this species with one record of a bird of the atrifrons group and the final bird a female of an undetermined race.


Grey Plover
Golden Plover
Lapwing
Knot
Sanderling
Turnstone
Dunlin
Curlew Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper (22nd-23rd May 2016) - I saw this bird on both days of its stay, the image below is from the 23rd May.






Little Stint
Semipalmated Sandpiper (24 Sept-2nd Oct 2011 & 6th-7th Sept 2013)
Baird's Sandpiper (14th-18th Sept 2011)
Wood Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank
Lesser Yellowlegs (5th-9th Sept 2014)
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Curlew
Whimbrel
Snipe
Ruff
Pectoral Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher (31st July-19th Nov 2013, 20th Jan-14th April 2014, 23rd Sept 2015-April 2016) 
Great Skua
Arctic Skua
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Kittiwake
Little Tern
Sandwich Tern
Common Tern
Roseate Tern
Black Tern
Guillemot
Razorbill
Feral Pigeon
Stock Dove
Wood Pigeon
Collard Dove
Cuckoo
Great-spotted Cuckoo - 1st summer, 2nd-17th April 2000 first at Keyhaven on 2nd and then at Pennington Marsh from 8th-17th April, I saw this bird in the Bramble close to Shoveler Pools.

Photo by Michael Malpass

Swift
Kingfisher
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
Skylark
Sand Martin
Swallow
House Martin
Rock Pipit
Water Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Tree Pipit
Richard's Pipit (21/09/14)
Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
Dunnock
Robin
Redstart
Wheatear
Whinchat
Stonechat
Song Thrush
Redwing
Fieldfare
Mistle Thrush
Blackbird
Blackcap
Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat
Dartford Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Cetti's Warbler
Reed Warbler
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Goldcrest
Firecrest
Wren
Spotted Flycatcher
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Coal Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Bearded Tit
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Magpie
Jay
Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Rook
Raven
Starling
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Brambling
Linnet
Lesser Redpoll
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Siskin
Bullfinch
Common Crossbill
Reed Bunting

Total = 173

LINKS
Here are a range of links related to the Keyhaven and Pennington area;
  • Lymington Tide Data
  • Lymington Weather
  • Hampshire County Council Reserve leaflet here
  • Western Solent Coastal Defence Strategy here
  • Coastal Management Strategy here
  • Colonel Peter Hawker (1786-1853) was a diarist and one of the 'great shots' of the early 19th Century. His haunts were the marshes at Keyhaven and the wider area. While a little blood thirsty for our times his diaries provide a fascinating account of his exploits. The Diary of Colonel Peter Hawker 1802-1853