The Birds Of

  South Gloucestershire













Monday October 1st

This morning; c. 60 Linnet from Down Road, c.50 Skylark in the Rushmead Lane area also Golden Plover over. Good numbers of Meadow Pipit scattered around the patch. (John Barnett)


Tuesday October 2nd

Very autumnal at Marshfield this morning; 30 Yellowhammer, 20 Skylark, several Corn Bunting, ten Linnet, a field of mixed corvids and a Stonechat along Northfield Lane.


Pete Coslett


Sunday October 7th

This morning at Marshfield; Little Owl, c.150 Corn Bunting, 30 Yellowhammer and a Redwing over. (Brian Thompson, Karle Burford) This afternoon; The remains of a Barn Owl in a field off Down Road! Live birds included Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, four Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, 40 Common Gull, ten Black-headed Gull, ten Skylark, 60 Linnet, at least 150 Corvids, Jay and five Raven. (Pete Coslett)


Monday October 8th

This morning in the Shire Valley; Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, 14 Raven, two Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, several Common Buzzard, Meadow Pipit and Grey Wagtail. (John Barnett) This afternoon, 37 Golden Plover on West Littleton Down. In the Rushmead Lane area; A mixed flock of c.450 gulls ,mostly Common with a few Herring, Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed following a plough. (Pete Coslett)


Pete Coslett

Tuesday October 9th

In the Shire Valley; Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, a dozen or so Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, small movement of Skylark over, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, several Pied Wagtail over, two Mistle Thrush over, two Common Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, c.20 Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Jay, a dozen Raven, Chaffinch, several Goldfinch, small numbers of Linnet over, Also plenty of Common Darter and a Migrant Hawker. From Rushmead Lane; c.600 mixed gulls mostly Common with a sprinkling of Black-headed, Herring and Lesser Black-backed. (TBOSG)




Tuesday October 16th

In the Shire Valley; Four Siskin, six Raven, four Common Chiffchaff and two Grey Heron. From Northfield Lane, Golden Plover, c.80 Linnet, c.60 Common Gull, two Stonechat and 30 Corn Bunting. (John Barnett)


Thursday October 18th

From around the patch today; C.120 Red-legged Partridge, two Sparrowhawk, half a dozen Golden Plover in the Rushmead Lane area with c.160 over West Littleton, c.200 Common Gull, three Kestrel, ten Raven, 20 Skylark, three Nuthatch, c.300 Starling, c.90 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, six Goldfinch, two Siskin and 12 Yellowhammer. (Robert Hargreaves)


Friday October 19th

C. 230 Golden Plover in fields off the A420 at Cold Ashton mid morning also 20 Skylark there. C.150 Common Gull off Tormarton Road following a plough. (Pete Coslett)


Saturday October 20th

In the Shire Valley this afternoon; Grey Heron, seven Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldcrest, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tit, Jay, seven Raven and zillions of Pheasant and Red-legged Partridge. (Pete Coslett)


Sunday October 21st

Still over 200 Golden Plover between Cold Ashton and Marshfield this morning. (Pete Coslett)


Monday October 22nd

A quiet day on the patch; Two Grey Heron in the Shire Valley, Sparrowhawk from Rushmead Farm, four Stonechat and Merlin from Northfield Lane. (John Barnett, Les Williams)


Les Williams




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