Recent sightings from the patch at Marshfield.



Tuesday 1st

A Little Grebe on West Littleton upper dam and c.70 Swallow passing over, Northern Wheatear and eight Common Whitethroat from Wallsend Lane, a Little Egret and at least nine Spotted Flycatcher in the Shire Valley, two Little Egret and Sparrowhawk from Rushmead Lane and three Common Quail disturbed by crop harvesting on Rushmead Farm! (John Barnett)


Wednesday 2nd

The distinctive call of Dotterel was heard half a dozen times as it flew west over Down Road. (First patch record since three were reported 'near Marshfield' in 1995) Two Sparrowhawk from Northfield Lane, also Meadow Pipit. A small passage of Swallow over Rushmead Lane with Common Stonechat and three Whinchat in the area. South of the village a Red Kite was seen in Ringswell Valley. (John Barnett)


Saturday 5th

RED-BACKED SHRIKE! The first ever record of this species, a juvenile/ 1st winter, was found this morning at ST: 784 752 at the junction of the Tormarton Road and Rushmead Lane. (Nigel Kempson) Also today, four Whinchat in paddock's from West Littleton Road. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)


Red-backed Shrike | Allan Chard


Sunday 6th

The juvenile/ 1st winter Red-backed Shrike was still present and on show at the junction of the Tormarton Road and Rushmead Lane. A Yellow Wagtail was heard over there and a Red Kite was also present. (Chris Teague, Gary Hughes) Nearby, three Whinchat from West Littleton Road near the paddocks and a Little Egret on Church's Pool. (John Barnett) In the Shire Valley; Female Common Redstart and Kingfisher. (Gary Hughes)


Monday 7th

The juvenile/ 1st winter Red-backed Shrike was still present at the junction of the Tormarton Road and Rushmead Lane. Also, 20 Swallow, Common Chiffchaff, four Common Whitethroat, four Northern Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Linnet, Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer.


Tuesday 8th

The juvenile/ 1st winter Red-backed Shrike was still present at the junction of the Tormarton Road and Rushmead Lane.


Wednesday 9th

The juvenile/ 1st winter Red-backed Shrike was still present at the junction of the Tormarton Road and Rushmead Lane.


Thursday 10th

Couple of hours at Marshfield mid morning; Three Common Buzzard, three Kestrel, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail. Common Whitethroat, Common Chiffchaff, two Stonechat, four Whinchat, Mistle Thrush, Yellowhammer, Linnet, Corn Bunting and Raven. (Pete Coslett)


Friday 11th

Ten Pied Wagtail and Kestrel from West Littleton Road, Meadow Pipit arriving in some numbers now with at least 20. Common Quail flushed, four Whinchat and two Common Stonechat from Northfield Lane, two Northern Wheatear from Rushmead Farm and Swallows passing through. (John Barnett)


Sunday 13th

Skylark numbers beginning to increase, Yellow Wagtail from Rushmead Farm and Common Stonechat from Northfield Lane. (John Barnett)


Tuesday 15th

Reported from the Shire Valley; Three Grey Heron, three Common Buzzard, Tawny Owl, four Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Green Woodpecker, two Kestrel, Skylark, two Coal Tit, six Long-tailed Tit, five Common Chiffchaff, three Nuthatch, Treecreeper, three Spotted Flycatcher, two Whinchat, five Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer. (Avon Birds)


Sunday 20th

Two Whinchat from Northfield Lane this afternoon also two Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Stock Dove, 12 Meadow Pipit, c.80 Linnet and five Common Stonechat. (Pete Coslett)


Whinchat | Pete Coslett


Monday 21st

This morning in the Shire Valley; Three Grey Heron, Kestrel, good numbers of Meadow Pipit, Swallow, Blackcap, eight Grey Wagtail and Jack Snipe! (John Barnett)


Wednesday 23rd

Three Kestrel from Northfield Lane. From Garston Farm, c.150 Skylark, c.80 Meadow Pipit, five Common Stonechat and a Northern Wheatear. (John Barnett)


Thursday 24th

Shire Valley; Eight Raven, nine Grey Wagtail, five Grey Heron, three Common Chiffchaff and c.40 Meadow Pipit. (John Barnett)


Friday 25th

This morning; 50 Meadow Pipit on Garston Farm, 50 on Northfield Lane, three Swallow and ten Common Stonechat from Down Road, Common Quail flushed on Rushmead Farm, four Whinchat, 50 Linnet and two Kestrel from Northfield Lane. (John Barnett)


Saturday 26th

A Little Egret around Shire Hill Bridge this afternoon. (Pete Coslett)


Little Egret | Pete Coslett


Sunday 27th

Combined reports; Six Common Buzzard, four Kestrel, two Sparrowhawk, Red Kite (Down Road), c.80 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 100+ House Martin, 50+ Swallow, three Common Chiffchaff, seven Common Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Yellowhammer, c.180 Linnet and three Raven. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)


Tuesday 29th

Combined reports; In a ploughed field from the Tormarton road; Ten Common Buzzard, c.20 Common Gull, a few Black-headed Gull, c.50 Herring Gull and a single Lesser Black-backed Gull. From Northfield & Rushmead Lanes, two Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, Skylark, 22 Meadow Pipit, five Pied Wagtail, two Swallow, five Dunnock, Common Chiffchaff, five Common Stonechat, Yellowhammer, c.90 Linnet and two Raven. Also present, a Clouded Yellow. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)