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The Marshfield Patch year list currently stands at 94: The most recent additions - Whinchat, Wood Warbler, Common Whitethroat.

 

 

Monday April 24th

Combined reports today; Grey Heron, seven male Mallard, thirteen Canada Geese - including nine goslings, Red Kite, Moorhen, male Great Spotted Woodpecker, good numbers of House Martin and Swallow, three Grey Wagtail, at least five Northern Wheatear, four Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, two Common Whitethroat, half a dozen Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, several Raven plus plenty of Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer. (TBOSG, John Barnett)

 

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Saturday April 22nd

Wheatears continue to show across the patch today with at least five from Down Road alone. (Pete Coslett)

 

© TBOSG Another shot of the Wood Warbler south of Marshfield on April 21st thanks to John Barnett.

 

Friday April 21st

Combined reports; A spring male Wood Warbler in full song was present throughout the day in Grange Plantation on Ashwicke Road, 1.5 kilometres south of the village at ST: 785 717. A Whinchat was seen on Down Road, two Common Whitethroat and at least six Northern Wheatear were logged across the patch. (John Barnett, Pete Coslett)

 

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© Pete Coslett

 

Tuesday April 18th

Combined reports; In the Shire Valley this morning, at least two Grey Heron, 16 Mallard including a brood of nine ducklings, Sparrowhawk, six Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Moorhen, a flock of c.50 gulls mostly Lesser Black-backed and Herring, several Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, half a dozen Sand Martin, Swallow and House Martin, several Pied Wagtail, c.10 Blackcap, plenty of Common Chiffchaff with a smattering of Willow Warbler, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch and several Raven. At least five Wheatear species still from Down Road and a Common Redstart in the Doncombe Valley south of the village. (TBOSG, John Barnett)

 

Monday April 17th

Combined reports; At least five Wheatear from Down Road today including several 'Greenland' beasts. (Pete Coslett, Chris Teague)

 

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Sunday April 16th

Combined reports; A male Common Redstart around the small pond in Doncombe Valley south of the village first thing. Four Northern Wheatear from Down Road this afternoon also two Barn Swallows through. (John Barnett, Pete Coslett, Lee Gardiner)

 

© Lee Gardiner

 

Saturday April 15th

Combined reports; At least eight 'Wheatear' in ploughed fields from Down Road this afternoon six of which were 'Greenland'. (Pete Coslett, Nigel Warren, TBOSG)

 

Thursday April 13th

Combined reports; In the Shire Valley - Grey Heron, Kestrel, two Canada Geese, four Swallow and House Martin. Two 'Wheatear' spp. still in fields from Down Road and two Willow Warbler south of the village. By the way there are a lot more Linnet and singing Stock Dove this year, it seems. A single Grey Partridge in ploughed fields from Down Road this afternoon. A Common Stonechat at Castle Farm and Barn Owl near The Folly this evening. (John Barnett, Nigel Warren, Pete Coslett)

 

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Tuesday April 11th

A quick visit to Marshfield this afternoon yielded a pair of Wheatear on Down Road that were thought to be 'Greenland' and another male at Rushmead  Lane 'Barn'. Driving back a Ring Ouzel flew across in front of the car by the roundabout at the junction of the A46/ A420 near Pennsylvania then low north across the fields. (Pete Taylor)

 

Sunday 9th April

In the Shire Valley this afternoon; Two Canada Geese, Swallow, Marsh Tit and a singing Coal Tit. (John Barnett)

 

Friday 7th April

A quite day on the patch with no visible migration however there were two Swallows on wires at Newhouse Farm. In the Shire Valley; Three Grey Heron, Mallard, Canada Goose, several Common Buzzard, Moorhen, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Grey and Pied Wagtail, several Song and Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, several Raven and small numbers of Goldfinch. Also around 150 Woodpigeon in fields from Rushmead Lane.

 

Wednesday 5th April

A Peregrine was seen from Down Road and in the Shire Valley, two Swallow, two Canada Geese, lots of Grey Wagtail and a singing Bullfinch. (John Barnett)

 

Tuesday 4th April

This afternoon; Little Grebe on West Littleton Dam, Northern Wheatear on Rushmead Lane and Canada Goose on 'Big Pond' in the Shire Valley. (John Barnett)

 

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