Recent sightings from the patch at Marshfield.



Sunday 4th

This afternoon; Sparrowhawk from Down Road, Marsh Tit, Mistle Thrush and Tawny Owl from the Shire Valley, several Meadow Pipit and Common Snipe from Northfield Lane. (John Barnett)


Monday 5th

Mistle Thrush and six Siskin from the Ashwicke area, Common Stonechat near Ringswell Dew Pond also several Common Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Jay around. (John Barnett)


Tuesday 6th

Across the patch today; Two Grey Heron, several Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, several Common, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, good numbers of Skylark, several Swallow, several Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Robin, two Common Stonechat, Blackbird, at least five Mistle Thrush, half a dozen Common Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit, several Nuthatch, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, several Raven, c.100 Starling, several small flocks of Linnet, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting.


Wednesday 7th

Around Withymead tennis courts; At least ten Continental Blackbirds and a Continental Song Thrush with a couple of 'ordinary' Thrushes, Blackcap and Common Chiffchaff. (John Barnett)


Thursday 8th

This afternoon; Down Track; c.100 Skylark in the fields opposite the school, also 300+ Linnet and another flock of 300+ near Down Road. Nearby 50 Stock Dove, ten Common Stonechat on Northfield Lane. (John Barnett)


Saturday 10th

Barn Owl on Rushmead Farm at dawn. (John Barnett)


Sunday 11th

Combined reports: West Littleton Road; Five Common Stonechat, two Sparrowhawk, singing Skylark and Corn Bunting. West End area; Blackcap and three Bullfinch. Northfield Lane; c.180 Linnet and 20 Pied/ alba Wagtail. (John Barnett) Others reported, Merlin and ten Redwing.


Tuesday 13th

Barn Owl again from Rushmead Farm around mid-night. (John Barnett)


Wednesday 14th

Across the patch this morning: Five or six Grey Heron, several Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, two Moorhen, Black-headed, c.200 Common, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, good numbers of Skylark and Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, two Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, several Common Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, six Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow and several Raven, c.100 Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, several small flocks of Linnet along with several small flocks of Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting.


Thursday 15th

Several Common Chiffchaff, ten Fieldfare in Ashwicke, c.150 Redwing at Withymead and small groups elsewhere, four Continental Blackbird at Ringswell, good numbers of Coal Tit in Cherry Wood, Lesser Redpoll and Common Crossbill calling over Cherry Wood. (John Barnett)


Saturday 17th

Lapwing, 110 Common Gull, Red Kite, three Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Skylark, c.180 Starling, two Continental Blackbird, eight Common Stonechat, 30 Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer.


Sunday 18th

Combined reports: C.500 Golden Plover in fields from the A420 at Cold Ashton. Marsh Tit, Common Buzzard, Kestrel and Raven in the Shire Valley. Common Stonechat everywhere at the moment with two 'showy' males from Rushmead Lane. (Pete Coslett) Northfield Lane; c.300 Linnet and c.300 Starling. Another c.300 Starling on Rushmead Farm plus Northern Wheatear, c.100 Fieldfare, a few Redwing and c.70 Corn Bunting. (John Barnett)


Common Stonechat | Pete Coslett


Monday 19th

Northfield Lane; Common Stonechat, c.300 Starling, c.300 Linnet and three Swallow. Orchid Lane; Two Common Stonechat. Tormarton Road; 40 Goldfinch. Shire Valley; Six Grey Heron, Common Chiffchaff, 50 Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Kingfisher by first pond. Garston Farm; c.500 Common Gull, a couple of Black-headed Gulls and 20 Pied Wagtail. (John Barnett)


Saturday 24th

A wet and windy Down Road this afternoon: 22 Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Stock Dove, Skylark, c.200 Fieldfare, Corn Bunting, 40 Linnet, c.600 Starling and c.200 mixed Corvids. (Pete Coslett)


Sunday 25th

Combined reports from across the patch; c.210 Golden Plover, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, c.250 Fieldfare, c.100 Corn Bunting, Linnet, Jay, 200+ Corvid, Yellowhammer, ten Common Stonechat, Little Grebe, Kingfisher, six Grey Heron, two Mistle Thrush, 80 Chaffinch, 40 Goldfinch five Greenfinch and 3500+ Starling. (Pete Coslett, Chris Teague, John Barnett)


Monday 26th

Fantastic murmuration of 3-4000 Starlings over Down Track late afternoon. (John Barnett)


Wednesday 28th

Reported from the patch today; Three Grey Heron, 60 Golden Plover, Sparrowhawk, two Common Buzzard, Kestrel, two Raven, 18 Fieldfare, two Redwing and nine Common Stonechat, c.90 Linnet, up to 3,500 Starling and 60 Skylark. (John Barnett)


Thursday 29th

Mute Swan and Common Stonechat from Church's Pond, Merlin over Down Track and two groups of Starling each around 1,500 - 2,000. (John Barnett)