M A R S H F I E L D  D I A R Y








JUNE 2018




A Hoopoe was both seen and photographed on the outskirts of Marshfield mid May. (Alex Mackintosh)



Saturday June 16th

Down Road; Common Buzzard, Pheasant, Red-legged Partridge, five Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20+ Sky Lark, Pied Wagtail, ten Swallow, two Common Whitethroat, ten Yellowhammer, ten Corn Bunting and Raven. In the Shire Valley; Grey Heron, three Common Buzzard, two Red Kite (were feeding on dead sheep), Hobby, Pheasant, Red-legged Partridge, three Common Swift, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, ten Swallow, eight House Martin, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Mistle Thrush and a few of the usual corvids. A Painted Lady near Shirehill Bridge. (Pete Coslett)


© Pete Coslett


Wednesday June 13th

Six Tufted Duck, Mallard and Canada Goose on West Littleton Dam, Moorhen on Lower West Littleton Pond. In the Shire Valley, several Common Buzzard, Moorhen, Lesser Black-backed Gull, several Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, small numbers of Swallow and House Martin, three Grey Wagtail, Common Whitethroat, several Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit, Nuthatch, Raven, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch.


Butterflies; Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Large Skipper. Also present in good numbers were both Beautiful and Banded Demoiselle.




Saturday June 9th

In the Shire Valley this morning; Three Grey Heron, five Common Buzzard, Peregrine, four Swift, Green Woodpecker, four Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Grey Wagtail, ten House Martin, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Song & Mistle Thrush, three Nuthatch, Treecreeper and four Raven. A Red Kite drifted north over the valley this afternoon. (Pete Coslett)


© Pete Coslett


Friday June 8th

Six Tufted Duck now on West Littleton Dam along with two Canada Geese and four goslings. Also Lesser Whitethroat on the track from West Littleton to the Shire Valley. (John Barnett)



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