Recent sightings from the patch at Marshfield.



Tuesday 3rd

Across the patch today; Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, c.180 Golden Plover, c.40 Common Gull, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, several Grey Wagtail, several Common Stonechat, several hundred Fieldfare with smaller numbers of Redwing, two Mistle Thrush, Common Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Blue and Great Tit, two Nuthatch, Jay, increasing numbers of corvids, several thousand Starling in various groupings, a small number of Chaffinch and steady numbers of Linnet, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting.


Common Chiffchaff | TBOSG


Wednesday 4th

Combined reports today: C.200 Golden Plover, five Common Buzzard, Kestrel, two Merlin, c.200 Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, 20 Meadow Pipit, three Pied Wagtail. eight Common Stonechat, Fieldfare, 20 House Sparrow, 3000+ Starling, c.400 Linnet, c.70 Corn Bunting, c40 Yellowhammer, good numbers of Skylark and 2 Raven. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)


Friday 6th

Rushmead Lane: Red Kite over; Cold Ashton: c.120 Golden Plover; Church's Pond: Mute Swan and Little Grebe; Star Farm: 20 Yellowhammer; West Littleton Down; 500+ Gulls mainly Common but several Black-headed and Herring; West Littleton Dam: An adult Yellow-legged Gull on a fence by the Dam. This is just the second ever record of this species for the patch and the first for the observer. (John Barnett); West Littleton Lane: 70 Fieldfare and 12 Greenfinch; Middledown Lane: Common Chiffchaff!; General: Two Kestrel and a total of ten Common Stonechat. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)


Saturday 7th

C.120 Golden Plover still present in fields from A420 at Cold Ashton this morning. (Pete Coslett) Two Merlin over Down Track and Peregrine over the Tormarton Road. (John Barnett)


Sunday 8th

A Merlin and Reed Bunting were both seen on Rushmead Farm. (John Barnett)


Monday 9th

Combined reports today: Two Mistle Thrush at Ringswell plus 100+ Fieldfare, c.180 Redwing, c.180 Common Gull and three Marsh Tit in Cloud Wood. A Merlin from Down Road and c.50 Golden Plover from Hyde's Lane/ A420. (John Barnett, TBOSG)


Tuesday 10th

Combined reports today from the Shire Valley, Northfield and Rushmead Lanes; Five Grey Heron, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, seven Lapwing, small numbers of Common Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, three Great Spotted Woodpecker, good numbers of Skylark, small numbers of Meadow Pipit, two Grey Wagtail, six Pied Wagtail, a number of Wren, Dunnock and Robin, six Common Stonechat, a number of Blackbird, several hundred Fieldfare and Redwing, two Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit, several Nuthatch, Treecreeper, three Jay, building numbers of Jackdaw, Rook and Carrion Crow, several Raven, 3000+ Starling, small numbers of House Sparrow, Chaffing and Goldfinch, several Greenfinch, c.120 Linnet and the usual number of Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer. Nearby c.150 Golden Plover and two Lapwing from Hyde's Lane/ A420 junction. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett, TBOSG)


Greenfinch | TBOSG


Wednesday 11th

Of note around the patch today; A total of eight Common Stonechat, three Continental Song Thrush, a small build up of Chaffinch and three Kestrel. (John Barnett)


Thursday 12th

Noted this morning. Two Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 20 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, two Pied Wagtail, six Common Stonechat, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, c.100 Linnet, c.3000 Starling and 50+ Golden Plover. (Pete Coslett)


Friday 13th

Still 3000+ Starlings in the area and a build-up of Woodpigeon. Two Common Stonechat on Rushmead Lane, Rushmead Farm and Down Road. Little Grebe and Mute Swan on Church's Pond. (John Barnett)


Sunday 15th

Combined reports today; Merlin, Stock Dove, several Common Stonechat, c.200 Fieldfare, Chaffinch, c.400 Starling, 150 Corvid flock, four Raven, Mistle Thrush, c.170 Linnet plus several singing Corn Bunting. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)


Tuesday 17th

Two Common Stonechat and a Mute Swan around Church's Pond. Marsh Tit and four Bullfinch in Marshfield Wood. (John Barnett) Also a Woodcock in the Shire Valley. (Nick Hawkridge)


Wednesday 18th

Two Kestrel from West End and a Merlin from the Tormarton Road near the cemetery. (John Barnett)


Thursday 19th

In the Shire Valley environs today: Three Grey Heron (two much alive, one very much dead,  three Common Buzzard, two Raven, Skylark (singing), 15 Redwing, c.100 Fieldfare, two Nuthatch, two Pied Wagtail, ten Long-tailed Tit, 50 Starling, 60 Corvid, Jay and Coot. (Chris Woods)


Sunday 22nd

Combined reports today; Four Grey Heron on West Littleton Dam, 52 Golden Plover from Wallsend Lane, a late Swallow at West Littleton and a Song Thrush singing in the Shire Valley. 500+ Fieldfare/ Redwing mainly Fieldfare over the whole area, six Common Stonechat and c.220 Linnet. Three Peregrine from Down Road near Downthorns Farm and c.300 Golden Plover over Cold Ashton. (Rob Laughton, Jonathan Lewis, John Barnett)