THE MARSHFIELD PATCH

Recent sightings from the patch at Marshfield.


JANUARY 2021

 

Friday 1st

Combined reports: 30+ Fieldfare, Redwing, Pied and Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Linnet, Common Buzzard, 20 Common Gull, Robin, Blackbird, Starling, 20 Jackdaw and 40 Carrion Crow. (Chris Teague, Pete Coslett) Also seen, Woodcock in the Shire Valley, Merlin from Down Road and Little Grebe on Church's Pond. (John Barnett)

 

Saturday 2nd

Combined reports: Northfield and Rushmead Lanes. Two Common Buzzard, Merlin, c.180 Common Gull, 40 Skylark, three Pied Wagtail, seven Common Stonechat, Fieldfare, 40 Corn Bunting, 30 Yellowhammer, 60+ Chaffinch, 80 Linnet, 100 Starling, 200+ Corvid and four Raven. (Pete Coslett, Chris Craig, John)

 

Sunday 3rd

Combined reports: Four Kestrel, seven Common Buzzard, Stock Dove, 80 Yellowhammers, 80 Corn Bunting, c.200 Linnet, c.400 mixed Corvids, ten Golden Plover, c.100 Fieldfare, c.100 Redwing, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Jack Snipe and two Mistle Thrush. (Karle Burford, John)

 

Monday 4th

Eight Mallard on West Littleton Dam. Generally, several Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Common Pheasant, Black-headed, Common and Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Robin, several Common Stonechat, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Blue Tit, several hundred Corvid, c.1000 Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting.

 

Tuesday 5th

A Mute Swan flew over Church's Pond,  Continental Chaffinch amongst a group of c.120 Chaffinch on Down Road c.20 Yellowhammer, Continental Song Thrush seen in several places including Cloud Wood, Down Road and Rushmead Farm, a real influx Continental Blackbird with individuals in Cloud Wood and Rushmead Farm. Across the patch, 150+ Common Gull, four Black-headed Gull from Northfield Lane; Common Stonechat from Northfield Lane with two on Rushmead Farm, a slight increase in Fieldfare numbers and a Little Grebe on Church's Pond. (John)

 

Wednesday 6th

Common Teal on Dunsdown Pond, Siskin and c.20 Yellowhammer from Castle Farm and Copse, three Common Stonechat and Merlin from West Littleton Road and three Kestrel in the area. C.120 Chaffinch and c.120 Goldfinch near the village. (John)

 

Thursday 7th

Fifty Skylark from Down Track, six Grey Heron and four Grey Wagtail in the Shire Valley and 30 Fieldfare from the Tormarton Road. (John)

 

Friday 8th

Greenfinch in the Withymead area, Marsh Tit, two lesser Redpoll and 30 Redwing in the Marshfield Wood area, Marsh Tit, Mute Swan and five Mallard from Church's Pond, two Bullfinch from Cherry Wood, another Marsh Tit from Cloud Wood, Sparrowhawk a few Redwing and c.40 Fieldfare from the Ringswell area. (John)

 

Saturday 9th

Dunsdown Lane area, two Reed Bunting, 200+ Linnet, c.50 Yellowhammer, Common Snipe, Jack Snipe and Mistle Thrush. Two Continental Song Thrush from Middledown Lane, c.120 Chaffinch from Castle Farm and c.80 Fieldfare from Northfield Lane. (John)

 

Sunday 10th

Two Reed Bunting with c.30 Yellowhammer on West Littleton Down, Common Snipe and Marsh Tit in the Castle Farm Copse area from West Littleton Road, six Grey Heron, one on West Littleton Dam and a further five in the Shire Valley, two Mistle thrush, four Continental Song Thrush and c.60 Golden Plover over Shirehill Lane. Twelve Red-legged Partridge and c.100 Yellowhammer from Rushmead Farm. (John)

 

Tuesday 12th

Two Lesser Black-backed Gull from the Castle Farm area and two Common Stonechat from Middledown Lane. Barn Owl, Little Owl from the West Littleton Road area also Merlin and 20 Corn Bunting from Northfield Lane. (John)

 

Thursday 14th

C.150 Redwing near Ringswell Dewpond, Peregrine near Garston Farm, Little Egret at Church Pond along with Mistle Thrush and Little Grebe. (John)

 

Friday 15th

Rushmead Farm; c.200 Linnet, c.80 Yellowhammer, c.70 Corn Bunting and c.50 Skylark. (John)

 

Saturday 16th

C.140 Fieldfare, six Continental Blackbird and c.100 Chaffinch in the Castle Farm Copse area. Moorhen and Grey Heron in the Shire Valley, c.60 Skylark and 30 Yellowhammer from Down Road, c.230 Linnet and c.70 Yellowhammer by the allotments on the Tormarton Road. (John)

 

Sunday 17th

Two Kestrel and 'singing' Stock Dove noted. A small male Merlin from Middledown Lane with possibly up to three individuals noted across the patch, two Continental Blackbird and Common Stonechat from Wallsend Lane, c.130 Yellowhammer just north of West Littleton with c.20 Chaffinch and Reed Bunting plus 20 Yellowhammer on West Littleton Down. (John)

 

Monday 18th

Little Grebe, two Common Stonechat and Marsh Tit from Church's Pond with a further Marsh Tit in Cherry Wood. Three Mistle Thrush, 21 Golden Plover, c.130 Chaffinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker in the Ashwicke area and 44 Pied Wagtail in ploughed fields from Rushmead Lane. (John)

 

Tuesday 19th

A Common Stonechat from Northfield Lane, c.550 Linnet in two groups from Rushmead Farm and from Down Track, c.50 Skylark, c.120 Chaffinch, 20+ Yellowhammer and c.120 Fieldfare. (John)

 

Thursday 21st

Church's Pond; Little Grebe, singing Song Thrush and ten Meadow Pipit. Marshfield Wood; Marsh Tit. Ashwicke area; c.100 Redwing and ten Goldfinch. (John)

 

Friday 22nd

In the Shire Valley; Grey heron, Siskin and Treecreeper singing, near the Allotments on the Tormarton Road, 50 Yellowhammer and 30 Corn Bunting from West Littleton Road, 80 Fieldfare and a few Redwing, from Northfield Lane 30 Yellowhammer. Common Stonechat noted from the Tormarton Road, Northfield Lane with two from West Littleton Road. (John)