M A R S H F I E L D  D I A R Y








APRIL 2018



Thursday April 19th

A Redstart was seen briefly around East End Dew Pond, Marshfield this morning. (John Barnett)


Wednesday April 18th

Combined reports: In the Shire Valley; Grey Heron, Mallard, at least two Red Kite, six Buzzard, Stock Dove, Grey and Pied Wagtail, several Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest. Top field; Three 'Greenland' Wheatear and several Raven. A Goshawk was seen with two Buzzard soaring over Down Road around mid-day before drifting north towards West Kington. Also Little Grebe was noted on West Littleton Upper Pond, Willow Warbler on the Lower Pond, Little Owl plus 'plenty' of Chiffchaff in the valley south of the village at Ringswell. (John Barnett, Dominic Singleton, TBOSG)





Monday April 16th

Combined reports: In the Shire Valley; Three drake Mallard, several Buzzard, Stock Dove, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey and Pied Wagtail, Song and Mistle Thrush, at least five male Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed, Blue, Great and Coal Tit, Treecreeper, three Nuthatch and small numbers of Goldfinch. Also a Wheatear in the sheep field on Rushmead Lane this evening. (TBOSG, John Barnett)


Wednesday April 11th

Combined reports: In the Shire Valley; A pair of Mallard, several Buzzard, c.50 Stock Dove, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, at least three House Martin, two Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, female Redstart, two Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, several Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit, two Nuthatch, Treecreeper, several Raven and two Greenfinch. Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam and Moorhen on West Littleton Pond. (TBOSG, Nigel Warren, John Barnett)


Sunday April 8th

Two Swallows on Rushmead Lane today, the first of the year! Also several Blackcap and Chiffchaff south of the village at Ringswell. (John Barnett)


Thursday April 5th

Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff and female Blackcap in Shire Valley, Lapwing from Down Road plus a few Fieldfare lingering. 800+ Linnet from Down Road and at least 350 elsewhere on Rushmead Farm. Also Brimstone and three Small Tortoiseshell on the wing. (John Barnett)


Sunday April 1st

Combined reports today; A Quick walk around Northfield and Rushmead Lanes this morning. Lots of singing Skylark and Yellowhammer plus a few Corn Bunting, six Pied Wagtail, Kestrel, four Buzzard, five Raven six Lesser Black-backed and one Herring Gull. (Pete Coslett) Two Canada Geese still at West Littleton Dam, two Sparrowhawk, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, c.140 Fieldfare and Chiffchaff in the Shire  Valley and several hundred Linnet in trees on Downthorns Farm Parkland. (John Barnett)


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