50 species recorded today! A Barn Owl over the A420 west of
Marshfield. West Littleton Dam, Nine Mallard on West Littleton
Dam. Four Grey Heron, 25 Golden Plover, c.250 Fieldfare and
three Mistle Thrush in the Shire Valley, C.60 Corn Bunting on
Rushmead Farm and nearby Merlin and c.100 Lapwing over Rushmead
Lane. C.50 Fieldfare on Northfield Lane. A pair of Common
Stonechat from West Littleton Road and around Garston Farm Air
Strip: c.100 Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting and c.60 Linnet.
Also; Red-legged Partridge, Common Pheasant, Common Buzzard,
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Black-headed and Common Gull, Woodpigeon,
Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Skylark,
Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin,
Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Long-tailed, Blue
and Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw,
Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, House Sparrow, Starling, Chaffinch,
Goldfinch and Yellowhammer.
Combined reports; Barn Owl, c.200 Corn Bunting, 50 Yellowhammer,
three Raven, c.200 Common Gull, Stock Dove, c. 300 Linnet, two
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, three Common Buzzard, 30 Golden Plover, 50
Lapwing, seven Skylark, 50 Starling, c.300 Fieldfare with a few
Redwing, Common Stonechat, three Pied Wagtail and c.35 Meadow
© Dan White
A Common Snipe at West Littleton Dam and at Ringswell, Water
Rail at the sewage works (the first ever here) plus Bullfinch
and Moorhen. Grey Wagtail and a pair of Mallard in the Shire
C.300 Common Gull, four Yellowhammer, two Common Stonechat, four
Common Buzzard and c.200 Fieldfare/ Redwing.
Of note, 68 Lapwing, 100 Common Gull, Common Buzzard, c.150
Linnet and Raven from Down Road. Three Common Buzzard and three
Raven from Rushmead Lane.
A Little Egret to the west of Shirehill Bridge, In the Shire
Valley, two Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Mistle Thrush, 12 Raven,
two Bullfinch and lots of Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit in a
At least one Brambling with Chaffinch in Withymead Car Park,
Marshfield throughout the day.
Rushmead Lane: 150 Corn Bunting, 70 Lapwing, two Golden Plover,
12 Stock Dove and a pair of Common Stonechat.
A Woodcock in woods near Motcoombe Farm, two Herring Gull from
West End Lane, c.150 Redwing and c.180 Fieldfare around the
area, a few Meadow Pipit and Common Stonechat around West
Tawny Owl calling near Withymead Road in the evening.
Reported today; Three Grey Heron,
three Common Buzzard, c.100 Lapwing, eight Black-headed Gull,
c.130 Common Gull, nine Herring Gull, four Lesser-black-backed
Gull, female Kestrel, three Raven, 35 Skylark, 70 Starling,
c.200 Fieldfare, c.20 Redwing, Song Thrush, 30 Pied Wagtail, 30
Meadow Pipit, c.50 Goldfinch, c.60 Corn Bunting and c.50
At least one Brambling amongst a hundred+ Chaffinch at Withymead
playing fields this afternoon.
© Pete Coslett
C.180 Lapwing over Rushmead Lane.
Rushmead Farm; Two Common Stonechat, Merlin, c.100 Corn Bunting,
c.250 Fieldfare and Grey Heron. Down Track; Several Continental
Song Thrush and Continental Blackbirds plus Sparrowhawk. South
of the village; Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, two Bullfinch, c.190
Fieldfare and many Skylark. Very few Redwing... anywhere!
Shire Valley: Grey Heron, two Marsh Tit, singing Mistle Thrush,
several singing Treecreeper plus Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. Two
Jack Snipe at Dunsdown Pool, West Littleton... our highest count
for the patch!
One Jack Snipe on Dunsdown Pool and six Mallard (four ♂ two ♀)
on West Littleton Dam. At Ringswell, ten Pied Wagtail, two Grey
Wagtail and two Common Chiffchaff at the Water Works plus 20
Chaffinch at Withymead Playing Fields. C.300 Fieldfare in fields
on the south side of Shirehill Lane with a further c.200 from
Rushmead Lane. Also from Rushmead Lane c.1000 Common Gull.
In addition around the patch; Common Buzzard, Black-headed,
Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull, Barn Owl, Green and (2)
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Redwing, Long-tailed,
Great, Blue and Coal Tit.
One of two wintering Common Chiffchaff at Ringswell Water Works.
Both birds showing yellow tones indicative of Phylloscopus
collybita. | © TBOSG
Still two wintering Common Chiffchaff at Ringswell Water Works
along with five Pied Wagtail and Sparrowhawk also plenty of
finches, Thrush and Tits in the area. Common Stonechat and a
further five Pied Wagtail from Northfield Lane.
Reported today around the lanes this afternoon; Very quiet bird
wise, two Common Buzzard, Kestrel, ten Common Gull, a few
Fieldfare, at least six Continental Blackbird and two Raven.
A blustery and wet patch; Six Golden Plover, two Common Buzzard,
Common Stonechat, six Pied Wagtail, 13 Skylark, six Redwing, 40
Fieldfare, 53 Corn Bunting, three Yellowhammer, 23 Linnet, Reed
Bunting and c.100 Chaffinch.
At least one Brambling with the Chaffinch flock in Withymead
playing field trees and nearby gardens this afternoon, also
© Denise Whittle.
At least one Brambling still present with the Chaffinch in
Withymead playing field trees this morning.
Brambling still present and feeding well with Chaffinch in
Withymead playing fields today.
Red Kite, 100+ Fieldfare and Grey Heron in the Shire Valley,
Common Snipe by Dunsdown Pond, 40 Pied Wagtail, 20 Yellowhammer,
20 Meadow Pipit and Common Stonechat from West Littleton Road
and Greenfinch by Ringswell Dew Pond.
Down Road area; Two Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 30 Stock Dove,
c.100 Woodpigeon, two Little Owl, a few singing Skylark, Common
Chiffchaff, 40 Fieldfare, 40 Linnet, c.200 Starling, three Raven
and two Brown Hare.
Two Grey Heron, +200 Fieldfare in the Shire Valley also Kestrel
and two Common Stonechat from Rushmead Lane.
Quiet on the patch today; Two Common Buzzard, Kestrel, two
Little Owl, 25 Stock Dove, c.200 Linnet, a few Skylark and
Yellowhammer plus three Raven.
Singing Common Chiffchaff, Grey Heron and a Small Tortoiseshell
Four Lapwing and lots of singing Skylark from the Down
Road/ Track area. a Merlin from Shirehill Lane, fifteen Meadow
Pipit from 5 Northfield Lane and 100+ Corn Bunting from the
Rushmead Farm area.
Bit windy for much at Marshfield this afternoon but 58 Golden
Plover off Tormarton Road was a nice find.
© Pete Coslett
This morning in the Shire Valley; two pairs of Grey Wagtail, a
pair of Mistle Thrush, five Grey Heron and Common Chiffchaff.
A Little Grebe was present on West Littleton Dam.
A wet and windy Marshfield this afternoon; Ten Stock Dove, two
Common Stonechat,13 Corn Bunting and Common Buzzard from Down
Road. Another 80 Stock Dove from the Tormarton Road.
This morning; Goshawk over the village and then drifted south.
Northfield Lane; c.30 Yellowhammer and two Stock Dove. Rushmead
Lane; Peregrine and two Brown Hare. Shire Valley; Four Grey
Wagtail, two Mistle Thrush and four Grey Heron. Rushmead Farm;
c.100 Linnet. General; several Raven, a few Fieldfare and lots
of Skylark singing.
One Jack Snipe on show around the edge of Dunsdown Pool this
This morning, lots of singing Skylark and Corn Buntings which
seem to be establishing territories also a Little Grebe still on
West Littleton Dam.
Two Little Owls on show at dusk.
One Little Owl at dusk.
Lots of Skylark (20+) from Down Road this morning, also 40
Linnet, three Corn Bunting on territory, three Common Buzzard,
Kestrel and Raven. Two Northern Wheatear (the first of the year)
from Orchid Lane.
© Pete Coslett
Three Northern Wheatear just behind the horse
field on Rushmead Lane. Greenfinch by the mill in the Shire
Valley plus six Grey Heron there. South of the village,
Greenfinch near Ringswell Dew Pond also of note at least 15 Song
Thrush singing in a 3 km area south-west to south-east of the
Combined reports from the patch
today; Two Raven, five Common Buzzard, lots of singing Corn
Bunting, Yellowhammer, Skylark,
Golden Plover in fields from the West Littleton
Road, two Northern Wheatear from Northfield Lane, several Meadow
Pipit and c.60 Corn Bunting. Greenfinch around the village
market square, singing Blackcap south of the village plus two
Redwing, two Fieldfare and a
Red Kite and
Little Owl from
Quick walk along
Northfield Lane this morning. Lots of singing Skylark 30+, at
least 20 Corn Bunting, ten Yellowhammer, 40-50 Meadow Pipit
(mostly by Rushmead Barn) Linnet, Goldfinch, eight Pied Wagtail,
Common Buzzard and Raven.
Two Swallow over
Shire Bridge this afternoon also Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush,
three Nuthatch, two Common Chiffchaff and two Common Buzzard.
Twenty-two Stock Dove from Down Road and two Sand Martin north
over West Littleton Down.
Combined reports today: Greenfinch in several areas in the
village. Little Owl from West Littleton Road and eight Golden
Plover on West Littleton Down. Blackcap and Common Chiffchaff
singing in the Shire Valley, also three Grey Heron, Mistle
Thrush and a few Fieldfare. Northern Wheatear on Northfield Lane
also 30+ Yellowhammer, 30+ Skylark, ten Corn Bunting, two Pied
Wagtail, Common Chiffchaff, three Common Buzzard, Red Kite
(which drifted towards West Littleton) and three Raven.
© Pete Coslett
Northern Wheatear on Northfield Lane this afternoon, also 30 Corn
Bunting, 20 Skylark, ten Yellowhammer a few Linnet and Meadow Pipit and
12 Stock Dove. C.100 mixed Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gull from the
Tormarton Road, with Swallow and Peregrine over West Littleton.
A Hobby, the first of the year, was present briefly in the Shire Valley,
along with a female Reed Bunting , two pairs of Grey Wagtail, several
Blackcap and c.25 Stock Dove. West Littleton Dam, two Canada Geese.
Ringswell Dewpond area; male Common Redstart, several Greenfinch three
House Martin, two Swallow and several Willow Warbler. Moorhen on
Ringswell Dewpond: Grey Heron, Swallow, four House Martin and Willow
Ringswell Dewpond, male Common Redstart still also six House Martin and
A male Common Cuckoo and a single Grey Partridge reported from the
Rushmead Lane area, five Northern Wheatear, Willow Warbler, two Kestrel
Common Whitethroat from Down Road.
Combined reports today: At least eight Northern Wheatear on the patch
this afternoon including those of the 'Greenland' form. All the usual,
Skylark, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, three Common Buzzard and two Raven.
Garden Warbler at Ringswell, two Common Whitethroat in the Shire Valley
and 30 Fieldfare just north of the valley.
© Pete Coslett
Five Northern Wheatear at Marshfield this afternoon including those of
the 'Greenland' form plus lots of singing Skylark, ten Corn Bunting and
a few Yellowhammer.
Reported from the patch today: Broadmead Brook (Shire Valley): Three
Mallard, two Grey Heron, five Common Buzzard, Moorhen, Great Spotted
Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Raven, four Skylark, two Swallow, c.10
Common Chiffchaff, two Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, three Nuthatch,
three Mistle Thrush, four Grey Wagtail, four Chaffinch and two Linnet.
A very smart looking Northern Wheatear on Northfield Lane this
afternoon, also in the the same field female Northern Wheatear, three
Skylark, five Yellowhammer, seven Pied Wagtail, 12 Corn Bunting three
Common Buzzard, two Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.
At least three pairs of Bullfinch at Ringswell, a couple of
Common Whitethroat and this evening a Hobby over the village!
Today south of Bellum at the west end of the village; Four
Common Whitethroat, two Willow Warbler and a pair of Lesser
Not strictly the 'Marshfield Patch' but worth inclusion here
because of the proximity and rarity status! Three Dotterel, two
males and a female, in Pea Fields on the north side of Drifton
♀ and ♂ Dotterel © TBOSG
Dotterel miss, how close is that!
Fourteen Common Buzzard, Red Kite, c.70 Lesser Black-backed and
ten Herring Gull, four Yellow Wagtail, six Pied Wagtail and a
Northern Wheatear following a tractor ploughing at the top of
Down Road this afternoon. Also Kestrel, four Common Whitethroat,
c.30 Yellowhammer, ten Corn Bunting and ten Skylark in the area.
Additionally several House Martin at Ebbdown Farm and a Northern
Wheatear on Rushmead Lane.
© Pete Coslett
A male Whinchat in the Down Road/ Track area and a Red Kite over
Plough Farm. Elsewhere, Grey Heron, c.25 Common Buzzard,
Moorhen, several Lesser Black-backed Gulls, several Stock Dove,
Little Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, two
Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, eight Wheatear (mostly Greenland),
Common Whitethroat, Long-tailed Tit, Skylark, Corn Bunting and
♂ and ♀ Greenland Wheatears from Rushmead Lane | © TBOSG
A few singing Common Whitethroat
from Down Road this afternoon, also distant Red Kite. Lots of
singing Skylark and a few Meadow Pipit from Tormarton Road. Corn
Bunting and Yellowhammer from Northfield Lane plus six Stock
A Peregrine over Down Road.
A Hobby over the A420 near Cold
Nuthatch family in Shire valley this afternoon with at least
four juveniles also Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted
Woodpecker, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff and Bullfinch. Nearby a
few Linnets from Down Road also three Corn Bunting, two
Yellowhammer, ten Skylark, two Common Whitethroat, Blackcap,
Common Chiffchaff, two Buzzard and three Raven.
Also a Little Owl was noted from Dunsdown Lane.
35 Stock Dove from Down Road, good numbers of House Martin at
Ebbdown Farm and in the village and 40 Linnet from Rushmead
From Down Road this morning, Common Buzzard, 10 Skylark, three
Corn Bunting, several Yellowhammer, six Bullfinch (including
four juveniles) Goldfinch, three Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff,
three Common Whitethroat and three Raven.
Yellow Wagtail on the path crossing fields opposite Marshfield
Primary School and 40 Linnets nearby.
At least 20 House Martin around Withymead playing field and in
the Shire Valley a family of Grey Wagtail, Grey Heron and two
A Spotted Flycatcher was present in Shire Valley this afternoon
(the first of the year) along with three Grey Heron, two Canada
Geese, four Common Buzzard, three Great Spotted Woodpecker,
Nuthatch, Treecreeper, two Grey Wagtail, four Pied Wagtail, two
Swift, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, Jay and three Raven.
© Pete Coslett
Down Road area; Three Common Buzzard, Hobby, 12 Swift, two Great
Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, five
Common Whitethroat, Common Chiffchaff, ten Yellowhammer, 12 Corn
Bunting, 20 Goldfinch, 30 Linnet and six Raven. Nearby in the
village, 22 House Martin, 21 Swift and 12 Swallow. In the Shire
Valley; two Spotted Flycatcher, two Grey Heron, two Canada Geese
and lots of Great Spotted Woodpecker action with at least two
Shire Valley: Grey Heron, three Common Buzzard, four Stock Dove,
four Great Spotted Woodpecker, four Raven, two Swallow, 14 House
Martin, six Long-tailed Tit, four Common Chiffchaff, five
Blackcap, Mistle Thrush and four Grey Wagtail. Rushmead Lane: 12
Skylark, 16 Starling, 10 House Sparrow, eight Linnet, seven Corn
Bunting and four Yellowhammer.
A windy Shire Valley this afternoon: Four Grey Heron, Little
Egret, two Common Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swift,
Nuthatch, Mistle and Song Thrush, two Blackcap, Common
Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, two Jay and two Raven.
Finally caught up with the Marshfield Little Owl! Also lots of
Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer singing. Also heard at least two
Quail audible from the poppy fields along the left hand side of
Down Road around 10:30.
One calling from Down Road, Marshfield from north end of large Poppy
field late evening on the 20th.
A Quail was heard calling for around ten minutes from a cereal crop to
the south of Middledown Road, Marshfield on the 21st. No
sound of any from Down Road late evening but plenty of Corn Bunting,
Yellowhammer, Linnet and Goldfinch as well as Common Buzzard, two Raven,
Sparrowhawk and a nearby Little Owl.
(the first for at least three years) was heard 'reeling' several
times from the Down Road/ Down Track area at Marshfield this
evening. Also a Common Quail calling
from fields behind Rushmead Farm, Marshfield.
A Quail was heard
again from fields on the south side of Middledown Road this
In the Shire Valley,
still one pair of Spotted Flycatchers by the second pond, Grey
Heron and lots of Painted Lady butterflies. Also
today an unconfirmed report of Quail calling from the Down Road
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