THE MARSHFIELD PATCH

Recent sightings from the patch at Marshfield.


FEBRUARY 2021

 

Monday 1st

A Little Grebe still present on Church's Pond, two Herring Gull on Garston Farm, c.60 Fieldfare/ Redwing and Marsh Tit around Ringswell, 25 Yellowhammer at Ashwicke and a Lesser Redpoll from Cherry Wood. (John Barnett)

 

Wednesday 3rd

Two Common Stonechat and c.200 Linnet from Rushmead Farm, 40 Chaffinch on Rough Ground, five Greenfinch in the Village plus Marsh Tit and Bullfinch in the Ringswell dew pond area. (John)

 

Thursday 4th

Two Lesser Black-backed Gull and three Common Stonechat from the Tormarton Road, Stock Dove singing in the Shire Valley and Song Thrush singing everywhere! (John)

 

Sunday 7th

Sixty-two Golden Plover from West Littleton Down, at least 200 Yellowhammer and Chaffinch plus a Brambling from Dunsdown Lane, c.80 Chaffinch at Castle Farm and at least six Greenfinch in the Marshfield churchyard area. (John)

 

Monday 8th

Shire Valley; two Grey Heron, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper, several Continental Blackbird and c.50 Chaffinch/ Goldfinch. Tormarton Road; two Common Stonechat plus huge numbers of Jackdaw/ Rook with well over a thousand birds. Northfield Lane; 25 Chaffinch. (John)

 

Tuesday 9th

Rushmead Farm; Red Kite, two Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, at least 100 Fieldfare, a few Redwing, Common Stonechat, c.70 Chaffinch, over 300 Linnet, c.80 Yellowhammer, c.170 Corn Bunting and in excess of 2000 Corvids. From Rushmead Lane twelve Pied Wagtail and Continental Song Thrush. Around the Allotments; 40 Skylark, Yellowhammer and Kestrel. (John)

 

Wednesday 10th

Church's Pool: Little Grebe and two Mistle Thrush. Cloud Wood; Marsh Tit and 40 Redwing. Ringswell; several Greenfinch and a Bullfinch. (John)

 

Thursday 11th

Four Lapwing over south-west of the village, at least ten Greenfinch in the village and around Ringswell, at least 40 Goldfinch and three Bullfinch. (John)

 

Friday 12th

From the Marshfield Riviera today; Down Track; Meadow Pipit and c.60 Skylark. Rushmead Farm; 80 Yellowhammer, two Common Stonechat, 50 Linnet, 70 Chaffinch and c.30 Corn Bunting with the various flocks. (John)

 

Saturday 13th

28 Lapwing over West Littleton, two Greenfinch in the churchyard at Marshfield, Common Snipe from Dunsdown Lane. Also, the flock of finches/ buntings on Dunsdown lane has grown to over 250; mainly Yellowhammer c.150, Chaffinch c.80, three Reed Bunting and newly joined by c.20 Corn Bunting. (John)

 

Monday 15th

Church Pond; Little Grebe and two Greenfinch. Dunsdown Lane; c.120 Fieldfare, Yellowhammer/ Chaffinch/ Corn Bunting flock of c.250 still there. Castle Farm; 100+ Chaffinch and a few Yellowhammer. Rushmead Lane; 40 Corn Bunting and several singing Skylark. (John)

 

Tuesday 16th

Shire Valley; Three Grey Heron, two Mistle Thrush, 24 Meadow Pipit, Marsh Tit and Corn Bunting singing, back again this year. Two Common Stonechat from West Littleton Road. (John)

 

Wednesday 17th

Northfield Lane; five Lesser Black-backed Gulls over, c.80 Fieldfare and two Common Stonechat. Rushmead Farm; 45 Linnet with Skylark and Corn Bunting singing everywhere! There's been a marked dispersal in the last couple of days. (John)

 

Thursday 18th

Little Grebe on Church Pond, Marsh Tit and 30 Redwing in Marshfield Wood including one singing. c.100 Redwing and six Mistle Thrush at Ashwicke. Raven and Common Buzzard in Cherry Wood and a Bullfinch singing at Ringswell. (John) In addition a Barn Owl was seen from a moving vehicle crossing west over the A46 near Marshfield Bakery. (Rob Laughton)

 

Friday 19th

West Littleton Road; two Common Stonechat and 28 Corn Bunting. Dunsdown Lane; 16 Yellowhammer, c.90 Chaffinch a few Corn Bunting, at least ten Fieldfare and 30 Redwing. Wallsend Lane; 43 Golden Plover, West Littleton Down; seven Lesser Black-backed, two Herring and an adult Yellow-legged Gull! (John)

 

Saturday 20th

Shire Valley; 25 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and two Mistle Thrush. Down Road; two Red-legged Partridge, lots of singing Skylark and two Meadow Pipit. Tormarton Road; 55 Fieldfare. (John)

 

Sunday 21st

South-west of Marshfield; Red-legged Partridge, several singing Song Thrush, 20 Redwing and several Greenfinch. Middledown Lane area; three Common Snipe, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull with a couple of Herring Gull, five Stock Dove, lots of Skylark and Corn Bunting singing plus Bullfinch. Castle Farm; c.100 Chaffinch/ Yellowhammer. (John)

 

Monday 22nd

Shirehill Lane; c.150 Lesser Black-backed/ Herring Gull; roughly equal in number and nearly all adult plus two Common Stonechat. Rushmead Farm; two Common Stonechat, c.100 Chaffinch, Linnet c.400, c.100 Yellowhammer and c.50 Corn Bunting. Rushmead Lane; c.100 Linnet/ Corn Bunting. (John)

 

Tuesday 23rd

Around forty species across the patch this morning; Grey Heron, several Mallard, five Canada Geese, several Common Buzzard, three Kestrel, Common Pheasant, Common, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Pied and Grey Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, three Mistle Thrush, Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, c.600 Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting.

 

Treecreeper | TBOSG

 

Thursday 25th

West Littleton Down; Red-legged Partridge and two Grey Heron. Shire Valley; Mistle Thrush and four Stock Dove singing. Tormarton Road; good numbers of singing Skylark and Corn Bunting. (John)

 

Friday 26th

Down Road; two Common Stonechat. Wallsend Lane; 18 Golden Plover. (John)

 

Saturday 27th

Rushmead Lane; Ten Common Buzzards, 200+ Gulls - Black-headed (30), Herring, Common but mainly Lesser Black-backed and c.30 Pied Wagtail. A pair of Bullfinch were present at Ringswell. (John)

 

Sunday 28th

Church Pond; Two Little Egret and Grey Heron. Cherry Wood; Five Common Buzzard, two Raven, two Mistle Thrush, three Canada Geese over and Bullfinch. West Littleton Pond; Five Canada Geese. Rushmead Lane; A conservative estimate of 800 gulls in field being ploughed; c.300 each of Herring and Lesser-black-backed with most of the rest Black-headed. (John)