the birds of south gloucestershire

The Marshfield Patch Recent Reports


Red-flanked Bluetail TBOSG







Thursday 1st:

A short walk along Northfield Lane this morning; Three Common Buzzard, Quail audible near Orchid Lane, a few Skylark, five Swallow, four Yellowhammer, two Greenfinch, 20 Linnet, 40 Starling and two Corn Bunting. (Pete Coslett)


Friday 2nd:

One audible form Rushmead Lane still. (Keith Vinicombe)


Saturday 3rd:

Two Quail flushed from the footpath south of Star Farm this afternoon - a first for this area; and lots of Holly Blues about. (John Barnett) Also today one Quail audible from the Rushmead Lane area. (Avon Birds)


Sunday 4th

A Common Sandpiper was found on a small pool at the east end of Cloud Wood by John Barnett today. It represents the first ever record of this species for the 'Marshfield Patch' and takes the patch total to 161 and 100 for the year!!


Also today in the Shire Valley; Three Grey Heron, five Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, three Lesser Black-backed Gull, two Stock Dove, 20 Common Swift over south, Green Woodpecker, three Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, ten House Martin, five Swallow, three Spotted Flycatcher including two juveniles, two Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, two Jay, 200+ mixed Corvids and three Raven. (Pete Coslett)


Pete Coslett


Saturday 10th

A Hobby was seen over Rushmead Lane this morning. (John Barnett)


Sunday 11th

An hour in Shire Valley this afternoon in between the showers; Grey Heron, four Common Buzzard, Hobby, two Kestrel, 18 Common Swift, five Swallow, at least 40 House Martin, two Common Chiffchaff and two Raven. (Pete Coslett) South of the village three Sand Martin with 30 House Martin over Ringswell dewpond in the evening. (John Barnett)


Monday 12th

Common Buzzard, Little Owl, Kestrel, Hobby, 12 Skylark, ten Swallow, eight Pied Wagtail, c.80 Starling, c.85 Linnet, two Greenfinch, at least ten Yellowhammer and at least ten Corn Bunting were seen across the patch today.


Tuesday 13th

Combined reports today: Northern section; Little Owl, several Common Buzzard, Hobby, Kestrel, Grey Heron, Spotted Flycatcher, nine Skylark, five Pied Wagtail, ten Swallow, c.50 House Martin, Common Swift, several Common Chiffchaff. five Mistle Thrush, c.150 Linnet, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, two Raven. From the southern section; Common Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler around Ringswell dewpond. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett, TBOSG)




Sunday 18th

A Quail was seen to run across Rushmead Lane in front the observer today. (John Barnett)


Tuesday 20th

A Northern Wheatear Rushmead Lane/ West Littleton Road, juvenile Yellow Wagtail in the fields from the Tormarton Road and Spotted Flycatcher in the Shire Valley plus another the valley below Cold Ashton. (Jon Angell)