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Wednesday 22nd March

This afternoon; 20 Meadow Pipit from Middledown Lane and 40 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Two Canada Geese in the Shire Valley also four Common Chiffchaff. A Barn Owl hunting along Rushmead Lane also c.30 Corn Bunting, 40 Yellowhammer a few Skylark and 14 Fieldfare, three Common Buzzard and the usual corvids. Northern Wheatear and two Common Stonechat from West Littleton Road. (John Barnett, Pete Coslett)


© Pete Coslett


Monday 20th March

This afternoon; Common Chiffchaff at Ringswell, Peregrine near West End Farm and 40 Lesser Black-backed Gulls from Middledown Lane. (John Barnett)


Wednesday 15th March

This afternoon; a mixed flock of of c.250 Yellowhammer, Chaffinch and Linnet from Down Track, also five Fieldfare and c.90 Stock Dove. A Sparrowhawk at Rushmead Farm plus Painted Lady and several Small Tortoiseshell. (John Barnett, Nigel Sluman)


Monday 13th March

From the patch today: Two Grey Heron, a pair of Mallard, ten Common Buzzard, too many Red-legged Partridge and Common Pheasant, Moorhen, c.200 Common Gull plus small numbers of Lesser Black-backed, Herring and Black-headed Gull, c.150 Stock Dove, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, a good showing of singing Skylark, five Grey Wagtail, c.40 Pied Wagtail, three Mistle Thrush, singing Chiffchaff plus a large flock of mixed 'finches' including c.200 Linnet.  Also at least three Small Tortoiseshell. (TBOSG)




Sunday 12th March

The first returning 'patch' Northern Wheatear from Down Road this morning. (Pete Coslett, Phil Smith)


© Phil Smith


Saturday 11th March

From Down Road; At least one probably two White Wagtail in ploughed fields with c.75 'alba' wagtail late morning. Also several Common Buzzard, c.10 Black-headed Gull, c.100 Common Gull, c.75 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c.30 Herring Gull, c.50 Stock Dove, male Common Stonechat, an enormous number of 'corvid' largely Jackdaw, six Reed Bunting and good numbers of Corn Bunting. (TBOSG)




Wednesday 8th March

Today; three Common Stonechat on Rushmead Lane, c.120 Corn Bunting on Rushmead Farm with a further c.50 from Down Road. A pair of Canada Geese on 'Big Pond' in the Shire Valley. (John Barnett)


Monday 6th March

This morning on the Tormarton Road, Greenfinch by the barns. Shirehill Lane - 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull. In the Shire Valley, two Grey Heron, two Grey Wagtail, c.50 Fieldfare and two Bullfinch. From Down Track, two Common Stonechat, c.250 Linnet and a mixed flock of c.200 Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and Chaffinch. (John Barnett)


Saturday 4th March

Reported from the patch today; At least 20 Red-legged Partridge, Little Owl, two Kestrel, six Skylark, 14 Yellowhammer and six Corn Bunting.


Thursday 2nd March

A Peregrine on Rushmead Lane this afternoon. (Pete Coslett)


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