Bird sightings from previous months from The Marshfield Patch



Wednesday 1st

Reported from the patch today; Peregrine, c.150 Corn Bunting, 15 Yellowhammer, Kestrel (Karle Burford); A drake Common Teal on West Littleton Dam and Mute Swan on 'Second Pond' in the Shire Valley. (John Barnett)


Friday 3rd

Merlin near West End Farm. (John Barnett)


Sunday 5th

Combined reports; 40+ Corn Bunting, 10+ Yellowhammer, Grey Wagtail and 6+ Skylark. (Nigel Tucker) Also, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Common Teal, Mallard, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Merlin, Moorhen, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Wren, Dunnock, Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Stonechat, Goldcrest, Long-tailed, Coal, Blue and Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Starling, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet and House Sparrow. (John Barnett)


Friday 10th

Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Common Pheasant, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, c.50 Skylark, c.10 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, c.8 Common Stonechat, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Blue and Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, c.5 Raven, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, c.150 Linnet, Yellowhammer and c.250 Corn Bunting. (TBOSG)


Corn Bunting and Common Stonechat | TBOSG


Sunday 12th

A Merlin was seen around the junction of Tormarton Road and Rushmead Lane this afternoon. (Kevin Smith)



13th South of the village; Woodcock, seven Bullfinch, c.70 Redwing and three Mistle Thrush. (John Barnett)


Sunday 19th

Two Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, two Kestrel, c.50 Skylark, ten Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, nine Common Stonechat, 22 Redwing, Greenfinch, eight Chaffinch, ten Goldfinch, Yellowhammer, >300 Linnet, c.200 Corn Bunting and three Raven.


Monday 20th

Grey Heron, Mute Swan, several Mallard, several Common Buzzard, four Kestrel, Merlin, c.200 Golden Plover, a mixed flock of c.1000 gulls most of which were Common, Tawny Owl, Stock Dove, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, three Pied Wagtail, at least six Common Stonechat, c.200 Fieldfare, several Chaffinch, several hundred Linnet and Corn Bunting with small numbers of Yellowhammer.


Tuesday 21st

100's Corn Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Raven, Common Stonechat, Yellowhammer, a 'large' flock of Linnet, Skylark, Stock Dove, Merlin, Dipper, five Grey Heron, Mute Swan and 12 Mallard. (Phil Barlow, John Barnett)



Monday 10th

C.80 Fieldfare from Shirehill Lane, ten Lesser Black-backed and two Black-headed Gulls from Tormarton Road, Sparrowhawk in the Shire Valley and 20 Stock Dove from Rushmead Lane. (John Barnett)


Friday 14th

Reported today: Two Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, eight Skylark, 12 Fieldfare, five Redwing, four Common Stonechat, three Pied Wagtail, 91 Corn Bunting and two Yellowhammer.


Sunday 16th

A single Grey Partridge this afternoon, just to the west of Rushmead Barn. (John Barnett)


Thursday 20th

Some birds at last! Two Kestrel, 21 Golden Plover in fields opposite Marshfield School. On Rushmead Farm; c.140 Stock Dove, c.120 Skylark, c.70 Yellowhammer and 25 Meadow Pipit. (John Barnett)


Thursday 27th

This afternoon; Male Blackcap in a village garden three calling Greenfinch from different places near the village church. Two Common Stonechat from Rushmead Lane and one from Middledown Lane. A pair of Treecreeper, five Grey Heron and c.280 Fieldfare in the Shire Valley. (John Barnett)


Saturday 29th

Very wet and windy on Down Road this afternoon: Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 11 Stock Dove, Skylark, c.60 Linnet, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting and two Raven. (Pete Coslett)

MARCH 2020


Sunday 1st

Combined reports: Two Common Buzzard, three Kestrel, c.50 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Snipe by Broadmead Brook below Middledown Lane, several small groups of Stock Dove, c.12 Common Stonechat (two West Littleton Road, two Rushmead Lane, two Northfield Lane and six from Middledown Lane), plenty of singing Skylark, many Meadow Pipit, 20+ Yellowhammer, 45+ Corn Bunting including singing birds and a few lingering Redwing. (John Barnett, Mike Jackson)


Thursday 5th

A Merlin over Down Road this afternoon. Also 25 Pied Wagtails and two Common Stonechat from Rushmead Lane. (John Barnett) Friday 6th Two Red Kite over Rushmead Farm. Around the patch, c.150 Lesser Black-backed Gull and a similar number of Common Gulls plus a few Herring Gulls, good numbers of Common Buzzard in the warmer weather, and finally... the return of the Little Owls! (John Barnett)


Sunday 8th

Combined reports: A Marsh Tit was seen in the Shire Valley. C.100 Chaffinch and Yellowhammer from the Down Track area including lots of Continental Chaffinch. C.220 Linnet from Rushmead Farm. 30 Yellowhammer from Northfield Lane also Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, six Skylark, two Meadow Pipit, nine Pied Wagtail, 15 Fieldfare, 12 Corn Bunting, 30 Starling two Raven and a single Golden Plover in fields opposite Marshfield School. (John Barnett, Pete Coslett)


Wednesday 11th

Three Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam. (John Barnett)


Friday 13th

Rushmead and Northfield Lane: Three Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 12 Lesser Black- backed Gull, at least ten Skylark, three Pied Wagtail, 16 Common Stonechat with 12 together from Orchid Lane, c.80 Fieldfare, 20 Corn Bunting, 30 Yellowhammer, 60 Linnet, 70 Starling and Raven. (Pete Coslett)


Common Stonechat | TBOSG


Sunday 15th

This evening; Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam, Barn Owl from Shirehill Lane and Tawny Owl calling from trees behind Marshfield village church. (John Barnett) Monday 16th Combined reports: Grey Heron, three Mallard, four Red Kite (two from Rushmead Lane and two over Shirehill Bridge, several Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, c.50 Lesser Black-backed and 20 Herring Gull plus a few Common Gull, c.20 Stock Dove, good numbers of Skylark and Meadow Pipit, several Pied Wagtail, at least four Common Stonechat, several Common Chiffchaff, several Raven plus small numbers of Linnet, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting. (John Barnett, Pete Coslett, TBOSG)


Red Kite | Pete Coslett


Tuesday 17th

Loads of Common Chiffchaff at Ringswell plus several Greenfinches around. (John Barnett) News from the patch of up to three Short-eared Owls in an area with no public access. They have possibly wintered in the area which is best viewed looking south from Shirehill Lane. (TBOSG)


Wednesday 18th

Combined Reports: Two Short-eared Owl, Red Kite, three Common Buzzard, Kestrel, lots of Corn Buntings singing including one in the Shire Valley! Up to 100 Yellowhammer in various areas, 60 Linnet near Down Track, 35 Fieldfare on West Littleton Down and a further 50 in the Shire Valley, 33 Stock Dove, five Northern Wheatear on Rushmead Lane and Rushmead Farm, lots of Common Chiffchaff in Shire Valley and scattered elsewhere, good numbers of singing Skylark and two Raven. (John Barnett, Pete Coslett, TBOSG)


Northern Wheatear | TBOSG


Thursday 19th

At least four Northern Wheatear still present in fields from Rushmead Lane today. (John Barnett) Saturday 21st Combined reports: Shire Valley - Grey Heron, male Blackcap, four (two pairs) Mistle Thrush, Kestrel and a few Fieldfare. Two Canada Geese still on West Littleton Dam but no sign of any Northern Wheatear and it seems that all the Common Stonechat have gone. (John Barnett) At least eight Common Buzzard, three Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, two Kestrel, c.70 Lesser Black-backed and four Herring Gull, 18 Stock Dove, Barn Owl, Skylark, two Redwing, 19 Fieldfare, Yellowhammer, 40 Corn Bunting, 30 Linnet and five Raven. (Pete Coslett)


Barn Owl | Pete Coslett


Sunday 22nd

Combined reports: Red Kite over Down Road also Kestrel and three Common Buzzard. 50-60 Golden Plover over Tormarton Road. (Pete Coslett) Several singing Common Chiffchaff and Blackcap south of the village. Four (two pairs) Mistle Thrush, Red Kite and Goshawk from Ashwicke and Sparrowhawk from Ringswell. A mixed flock of c.100 Chaffinch and Yellowhammer also c.60 Linnet and c.50 Golden Plover between West Littleton and the Shire Valley and two Canada Geese still on West Littleton Pond. (John Barnett)


Monday 23rd

A Red Kite, c.100 Linnet, c.100 Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting on Rushmead Farm. From Northfield Lane, c.300 Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (John Barnett) Tuesday 24th Five Canada Geese at West Littleton Dam also Grey Heron, c.150 Herring/ Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Red Kite over Ebbdown Farm. (John Barnett)


Wednesday 25th

Combined reports: At least eight Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 200+ Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gull, 10+ Sky Lark, 12 Meadow Pipit, five Pied Wagtail. two Common Chiffchaff, two Common Stonechat, Corn Bunting, two Short-eared Owl, three Grey Heron, several Blackcap, a couple of Fieldfare, c.60 Linnet , c.60 Yellowhammer, 40 Chaffinch, two Canada Geese and good numbers of Greenfinch in the village. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)


Thursday 26th

A Red Kite from Rushmead Lane also three Pied Wagtail. White Wagtail from Down Road plus 700+ Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull. Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam and c.20 Fieldfare on West Littleton Down. (John Barnett) Friday 27th Shire Valley; Little Egret, three Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush, Corn Bunting, several Common Chiffchaff and four Fieldfare. West Littleton Down; Peregrine and 30 Fieldfare. West Littleton Dam; two Canada Geese. Middledown Lane; c 40 Linnet. Northfield Lane; A few Pied Wagtail, Common Stonechat and Merlin. (John Barnett)


Little Egret | TBOSG


Sunday 29th

A Bullfinch calling to the south-west of village, a couple of Redwing and around 30 Fieldfare in the Ashwicke area. C.90 Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull from Northfield Lane and lots of Skylark singing north of the village. (John Barnett)


Tuesday 31st

In the Shire Valley; Marsh Tit, three Mistle Thrush, five Grey Heron, singing Corn Bunting, Redwing and two Canada Geese new in on the second pond. Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam and 70 Herring/ Lesser Black-backed Gull from Middledown Lane. Generally lots of Skylark singing and increasing numbers of both Blackcap and Common Chiffchaff. (John Barnett)

APRIL 2020


All reports this month are from John Barnett... a huge thank you to him for his heroic efforts during 'lockdown'!


Wednesday 1st

C.250 Fieldfare near Ashwicke and nearby in the trees 100+ flock of Fieldfare and Redwing, also singing Mistle Thrush. A pair of Canada Geese on Church's Pond with two still on West Littleton Dam. Also two Kestrel on the patch.


Thursday 2nd

The first ever record of Common Scoter for the patch in an unprecedented nocturnal movement across the area. Several groups of birds were audible as they passed over Marshfield Village! Also today; c.70 Redwing, Swallow (the first of the year), two Mistle Thrush and Kestrel at Ashwicke. C.80 Linnet plus loads of Skylark singing everywhere on Rushmead Farm. Common Stonechat and good numbers of Blackcap and Common Chiffchaff singing from Orchid Lane.


Friday 3rd

Two Lesser Redpoll at West Littleton with Goldfinch before they flew off, two Canada Geese still on the dam at West Littleton and small numbers of Fieldfare on West Littleton Down. Also several Meadow Pipit around.


Saturday 4th

A Whimbrel was heard calling (four times) at it flew over Middledown Lane late afternoon. Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam and two still on Church's Pond along with two Grey Wagtail. C.40 Linnet and c.40 Yellowhammer were noted on West Littleton Down and three Kestrel were logged.


Grey Wagtail | TBOSG


Sunday 5th

Two Northern Wheatear on Rushmead Lane, two Canada Geese on Small Pond in the Shire Valley along with four Mistle Thrush and two Grey Heron. Two Mistle Thrush plus a few Redwing and Fieldfare at Ashwicke, c.70 Fieldfare at Ringswell, several Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker calling and drumming south of the village early morning as well as two Swallow.


Monday 6th

Two Canada Geese still present on West Littleton Dam, 45 Fieldfare on West Littleton Down, Common Stonechat from Orchid Lane and Swallow over the village.


Tuesday 7th

Two Little Owl at West Littleton and two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam still. Two more Canada Geese on Small Pond in the Shire Valley, two Mistle Thrush and a Goshawk heard calling from Gunnings Wood. A White Wagtail was seen in horse paddocks from Rushmead Lane, Swallow from Northfield Lane along with several Meadow Pipit. A Tawny Owl mobbed by small birds at Ringswell; Swallow and three Willow Warbler around Ringswell Dew Pond.


Wednesday 8th

Hobby over the east end of the village this evening also two Swallow at Ringswell Dew Pond and seventeen Fieldfare south of village. Common Stonechat at Orchid Lane.


Thursday 9th

Two Canada Geese and Grey Heron on West Littleton Dam and two Swallow at Ringswell Dew Pond.


Friday 10th

Grey Heron; two in the Shire Valley and one at West Littleton Dam. Canada Goose; two in the Shire Valley on the Small Pond and two at West Littleton Dam. Red Kite; one over Rushmead Lane. Sand Martin; one over the village was new for the year. Swallow; four at West Littleton and two at Ringswell Dew Pond. Common Stonechat; one from Orchid Lane. Song Thrush; several singing in the valleys north of the village. Mistle Thrush; three in the Shire Valley and one in the village. Blackcap and Common Chiffchaff; 'lots' singing everywhere. Willow Warbler; two singing in the Shire Valley. Bullfinch; one on West Littleton Down, Linnet; they really are everywhere you look! Corn Bunting; a lot singing especially from the Down Road area.


Saturday 11th

Two Northern and one Greenland Wheatear from Middledown Lane, two Canada Geese on Church's Pond and a Goshawk over Beek's Lane, Marshfield.


Greenland Wheatear | TBOSG


Sunday 12th

A Peregrine over a garden in the village with it or another over Rushmead Lane, Willow Warbler near Motcombe Farm and five Mistle Thrush singing over a wide area south of the village.


Monday 13th

Highlight; at least seven ducklings for the Mallard pair on Ringswell Dew Pond! Two Swallow over Ringswell Dew Pond, two Canada Geese on Church's Pond and a further two in the Shire Valley plus two Mistle Thrush singing and two Grey Heron. Corn Bunting/ Yellowhammer a flock of 100+ on Rushmead Farm.


Tuesday 14th

A White Wagtail at West Littleton Dam plus Canada Goose and Swallow. Nine ducklings, Grey Wagtail and two Swallow at Ringswell Dew Pond.


Wednesday 15th

A pair of Marsh Tit in Cherry Wood; Swallow, two over Ringswell Dew Pond and two at Ashwicke; Blackcap appears widespread; Common Chiffchaff, even more than a couple of days ago; Willow Warbler, three at Ringswell and one from Ayford Lane; Mistle Thrush, two at Ashwicke; Bullfinch, singles at Ringswell and Ashwicke plus two at Cherry Wood.


Thursday 16th

A Common Whitethroat from Rushmead Lane plus three Northern Wheatear. Four more Northern Wheatear from Orchid land and another Common Whitethroat from Dunsdown Lane. A Red Kite over West Littleton, two Canada Geese, two Swallow and Grey Heron on West Littleton Dam.


Friday 17th

Singing Willow Warbler south of the village, nine Mallard ducklings doing well on Ringswell Dew Pond also two Swallow there, Northern Wheatear from Rushmead Lane in horse paddocks, good numbers of Corn Bunting from on Northfield Lane, c.60 on Rushmead Farm, two Mistle Thrush and Common Whitethroat on Ringswell Common.


Saturday 18th

A Yellow Wagtail in horse paddocks from Rushmead Lane also five Northern Wheatear and several Pied Wagtail. From West Littleton Dam, two Canada Geese, four Swallow and Fieldfare. On Church's Pond, two more Canada Geese. Common Whitethroat from Down Road and Shirehill Lane.


Sunday 19th

A few Swallow around including from Rushmead Lane where there were also two Sand Martin and four Northern Wheatear in the horse paddock. A Lesser Whitethroat near Beek's Lane, eight ducklings at Ringswell Dew Pond, Bullfinch from Cherry Wood, Common Whitethroat at West End Lane and Ayford Lane plus large numbers of Blackcap in the whole area.


Monday 20th

Fourteen House Martin, a few Swallow and calling Tawny Owl at Ringswell. Two Canada Geese over the village at dawn, five Northern Wheatear from Orchid/ Rushmead Lane and a couple of Common Whitethroat noted.


Tuesday 21st

Highlight; Sparrowhawk taking a Pigeon and then fighting off Common Buzzard and Crow! In the Shire Valley, four Grey Heron and two Canada Geese with a further two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam. From West Littleton Down; Sparrowhawk and Red Kite. From Northfield Lane; two Meadow Pipit with five Northern Wheatear from Rushmead Lane paddocks and Peregrine from Middledown Lane. At Ringswell; six House Martin, lots of Swallow and three Common Whitethroat.


Wednesday 22nd

Highlight; Garden Warbler, one heard and another seen in Cherry Wood also several Blackcap there. Lots of Swallows south of the village, two Mistle Thrush singing in the Ashwicke area. Two Meadow Pipit and two Common Whitethroat from Beek's Lane.


Thursday 23rd

Highlight; A Goshawk circling over Withymead, Marshfield! Five Northern Wheatear in Rushmead Lane horse paddocks and one on West Littleton Down. Two Canada Geese, Grey Heron and Grey Wagtail on West Littleton Dam. 20 Linnet at Ringswell and four Common Whitethroat seen today with birds noted from eight or nine locations across the patch.


Friday 24th

Shire Valley; Two Canada Geese, two Mistle Thrush, two Grey Heron and House Martin. Rushmead Lane horse paddock held six Northern Wheatear. Generally a few Swallow around and four Common Whitethroat.


Saturday 25th

Hobby and Common Buzzard over the village. Lesser Whitethroat from the Tormarton Road near Shire Valley. Six Common Whitethroat today. Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam and Church's Pond.


Sunday 26th

A quiet day with several Swallow and House Martin, four Common Whitethroat and a Northern Wheatear from Star Farm paddocks.


Monday 27th

Northern Section: Whinchat from Rushmead Lane and Northern Wheatear from Orchid Lane. Southern Section: Three Common Whitethroat, four Lesser Whitethroat, two Mistle Thrush, Grey Heron, two Willow Warbler, Bullfinch and Tawny Owl.


Whinchat | TBOSG


Tuesday 28th

Two Northern Wheatear from Rushmead Lane paddocks and 30 Linnet from Northfield Lane. Two Canada Geese on Ringswell Dew Pond along with six Swallow, Grey Heron and five Mallard ducklings still.


Wednesday 29th

A Northern Wheatear from Rushmead Lane horse paddocks, two White Wagtail from West Littleton Road near the A420 and c.70 Starling from Northfield Lane. A Bullfinch at Ringswell also eight House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat and two Swallow.


Thursday 30th

Ringswell Dew Pond; Lesser Whitethroat, two Swallow and Bullfinch, A pair of Marsh Tit at Cloud Wood, two Canada Geese at Church's Pond, 12 House Martin and Tawny Owl (calling at 13:00!) at Ringswell.

MAY 2020


All reports up to the 12th are from John Barnett!


Friday 1st Canada Goose; Two in the Shire Valley and two on West Littleton Dam. Grey Heron; One in the Shire Valley. Mallard; Seven males on West Littleton Dam. Swallow; good numbers around. House Martin; Six from Ebbdown Farm. Mistle Thrush; Six in the Shire Valley. Sedge Warbler; A singing male in scrub from the Tormarton Road near the Shire Valley Bridge. Lesser Whitethroat; One at Ringswell Dew Pond and one from Orchid Lane. Common Whitethroat; Four around the patch. Northern Wheatear; One from Northfield Lane, three from Rushmead Lane and paddocks and one from the Tormarton Road.


Saturday 2nd

Two Swallow and ten House Martin at Ringswell Dew Pond, three Common Whitethroat and a Northern Wheatear from Down Road.


Sunday 3rd

Mallard and three ducklings on Cherry Wood pond also three Bullfinch, several Blackcap and lots of Song Thrush. Two House Martin, ten Swallow and Lesser Whitethroat at Ringswell Dew Pond. Three Common Whitethroat in the area, two Northern Wheatear in Rushmead Lane horse paddock and six Mistle Thrush around Ashwicke.


Monday 4th

Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam but water getting very low. Swallow - several passing through this evening. House Martin - six over the village. Northern Wheatear - two still in horse paddocks from Rushmead Lane. Eight Common Whitethroat today.


Tuesday 5th

Two Yellow Wagtail from Down Track and 35 Linnet from Northfield Lane. Grey Heron - one from the Tormarton Road with a further two in the Shire Valley along with four Mistle Thrush and two Canada Geese. A Lesser Whitethroat at Ringswell Dew Pond. At least eight Common Whitethroat today with up to twenty across the patch. A few House Martin and Swallow.


Wednesday 6th

West Littleton Dam - two Canada Geese with at least one gosling, Grey Heron, Moorhen and four Mallard. West Littleton Down - Lesser Whitethroat. Shire Valley - three Red Kite. Rushmead Lane - Northern Wheatear, Cuckoo and Sparrowhawk. West Littleton Road - Little Owl.


Thursday 7th

Two Canada Geese in the Shire Valley along with Mistle Thrush, Red Kite, several Raven and two Grey Heron. Tawny Owl south of village at dawn. Two Northern Wheatear and Whinchat from Northfield Lane. Two House Martin at Ebbdown Farm and a few in the village. Thirteen Common Whitethroat around (14 yesterday!). Lesser Whitethroat at Ringswell Dew Pond and 15 Swift over Marshfield.


Friday 8th

South-west of the village - Tawny Owl calling, five Bullfinch, Marsh Tit and at least a dozen Blackcap. Castle Farm - Spotted Flycatcher and a pair of Mistle Thrush. A few Swallow, two Swift and Lesser Whitethroat at Ringswell Dew Pond.


Spotted Flycatcher | TBOSG


Saturday 9th

Down Road; Red Kite and 40 Herring/ Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Ringswell Dew Pond; seven Swift, two House Martin, 12 Swallow and 40 Starling.


Sunday 10th

Shire Valley; Two Canada Geese, three Mistle Thrush, Kestrel, two Grey Heron and two pairs of Grey Wagtail. Lesser Whitethroat around Ringswell Dew Pond, Little Owl from West Littleton Road also two Swallow and six Common Whitethroat.


Monday 11th

A surprise Wood Sandpiper was both seen and heard when it was disturbed from Doncombe Brook on Ringswell Common. It was seen to fly towards Cloud Wood. This is the first sighting of this species for the Marshfield Patch.


Tuesday 12th

Wallsend Lane: A pair of Common Stonechat constantly calling. West Littleton Dam: Two Canada Geese, Grey Heron and Red Kite over. West Littleton Down: Lesser Whitethroat. Rushmead Lane: Northern Wheatear. Also a total of eight Common Whitethroat.


Wednesday 13th

Combined reports: Across the patch today - Several Grey Heron, several Mallard, at least two Canada Geese, several Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gull, 21 Collared Dove, Little Owl, several Swift, at least three Green Woodpecker, good numbers of Skylark, plenty of Swallow and House Martin, at least two Grey Wagtail, three Mistle Thrush, at least six Common Whitethroat, several Blackcap, Several Common Chiffchaff, Long-tailed , Blue and Great Tit, Nuthatch, several Raven, lots of singing Chaffinch, good numbers of Linnet, at least three Bullfinch and good numbers of Yellowhammer. (John Barnett, TBOSG)


Little Owl, Long-tailed Tit and Yellowhammer | TBOSG


Thursday 14th

Three Swift over Ringswell Dew Pond also Lesser Whitethroat, two Bullfinch from Brookhouse Lane (west end), Northern Wheatear from Middledown Lane, a pair of Mistle Thrush at Castle Farm, Swallows, House Martin and Common Whitethroat scattered around. (John Barnett)


Saturday 16th

Combined reports: Rushmead Farm BBS: Two Red-legged Partridge, two Mallard, 53 Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, 28 Skylark, two Swallow, Blackcap, three Common Whitethroat, two Northern Wheatear, 23 Linnet, 26 Corn Bunting and six Yellowhammer. Elsewhere, two Canada Geese on Church's Pond, Lesser Whitethroat at Ringswell Dew Pond and Beek's Lane, Common Stonechat - a pair still on Wallsend Lane and Bullfinch from the Ashwicke Road. (Robert Hargreaves, John Barnett)


Sunday 17th

Shire Valley: Grey Heron, Swift, twelve Mistle Thrush including a group of seven. two Spotted Flycatcher and Greenfinch. (John Barnett)


Sunday 24th

Shire Valley: Three Grey Heron, five Mistle Thrush, two Bullfinch and three pairs of Spotted Flycatcher. Down Track: At least one Yellow Wagtail. Around Ringswell and the Dew Pond; Lesser Whitethroat, eight Swift and 15 House Martin. (John Barnett)


Monday 25th

Combined reports: At least four Red Kite, 16 Buzzard, Kestrel, plenty of Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Linnet, Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer as well as at least two Hobby. (Robert Hargreaves, Nigel Warren, Pete Coslett)


Red Kite | Robert Hargreaves


Thursday 28th

Combined reports: Spotted Flycatcher in the Shire Valley (Pete Coslett). Elsewhere, three Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, two Common Buzzard, two Raven, at least ten Skylark, seven Swallow, eight House Martin, seven Blackcap, five Common Whitethroat, Nuthatch, Yellow Wagtail, nine Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer.


Saturday 30th

Reported from the patch: Swift, Red Kite, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gull, three Common Buzzard, six Skylark, Swallow, three Common Chiffchaff, two Common Whitethroat, a dozen or so Chaffinch and two Yellowhammer.


Sunday 31st

In the Shire Valley; two Grey Heron, two Spotted Flycatcher, two Mistle Thrush, two Canada Geese and Red Kite. A Yellow Wagtail from Down Track. (John Barnett)

JUNE 2020


Thursday 4th

Combined reports, In the Shire Valley this afternoon: Three Grey Heron, three Mallard, seven Common Buzzard, three Green and three Great Spotted Woodpecker. five Grey Wagtail, two Pied Wagtail, three Blackcap, two Common Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, Song Thrush, five Mistle Thrush, five Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and six Raven. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett) The first Quail of the year were noted from Down Road with two audible on the west side early evening. (Matt Scott)


Spotted Flycatcher | Pete Coslett


Friday 5th

Yellow Wagtail this afternoon. From Down Road, three Common Buzzard, five Stock Dove, at least six Swift, Skylark, four Swallow, three Common Whitethroat, two Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, Corn Bunting, 10+ Goldfinch and lots of juvenile Linnet. (Pete Coslett)


Yellow Wagtail | Pete Coslett


Sunday 7th

Combined reports from the Shire Valley: At least four Spotted Flycatcher, two Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Green Woodpecker, three Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Nuthatch, two Song Thrush, five Mistle Thrush, two Blackcap, Raven and Grey Heron. From West Littleton Road a Little Owl and from Down Road the same or another Red Kite. (John Barnett, Mark Coller, Pete Coslett, Aravind Ramesh)



Single Red Kite and Hobby reported from the patch today. Thursday 11th Marsh Tit showing today in Cherry Wood. (John Barnett)


Saturday 13th

Combined reports today: Corn Buntings were showing well from Down Road this afternoon! Also in the area were Common Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail and many Skylark. (Tim Sakeld) Additionally, two Collared Dove, two Grey Heron, three Common Buzzard, 20 Skylark, two Swallow, 12 House Martin, Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher, four Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Yellowhammer. A Red Kite over West Littleton Down this morning. (John Barnett)


Tuesday 16th

Two Yellow Wagtail from Down Road and nearby, two Spotted Flycatcher and a female Reed Bunting in the Shire Valley. (John Barnett)


Wednesday 17th

A Red Kite was noted over Down Road. (Mark Coller) Saturday 20th A pair of Tufted Duck, new for the year, on Church's Pond this morning. (John Barnett)


Tuesday 23rd

Three Common Swift, four Collared Dove, six Common Buzzard, 32 Skylark, Swallow, three Common Whitethroat, c.160 Starling, five Pied Wagtail, two Chaffinch, 23 Linnet, four Goldfinch, 16 Corn Bunting and four Yellowhammer. Also Quail audible at night from Harcombe Farm. (Robert Hargreaves)


Wednesday 24th

Two Little Owl, Corn Bunting, Barn Owl plus 'loads' of Yellowhammer and Starling. (Paul Sawyer)


Friday 26th

A Quail was audible from Rushmead Lane/ Tormarton road today and 20 Common Swift were noted from Down Road. (John Barnett)


Saturday 27th

One Quail audible from Down Track and probably the Rushmead Lane/ Farm area. (Karle Burford)


Sunday 28th

In the Shire Valley: Three Grey Heron, Spotted Flycatcher, three Mistle Thrush, lots of Long-tailed Tit and several juvenile Grey Wagtail. A male Tufted Duck on Church's Pond and a Goshawk was noted south of the village. (John Barnett)


Tuesday 30th

Two Quail audible to the north of Down Track plus Yellow Wagtail and 30 Swift. (John Barnett)

JULY 2020


Wednesday 1st

A couple of hours in Shire Valley this afternoon produced two Grey Heron, Moorhen, Common Buzzard, Hobby, two Grey Wagtail, five House Martin. four Blackcap, four Common Chiffchaff, four - two adults and two juvenile Spotted .Flycatcher and four Raven. (Pete Coslett)


Spotted Flycatcher | Pete Coslett


Thursday 2nd

Down Road this afternoon: Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 22 Swift, at least a dozen Skylark, 20 Swallow, two Common Whitethroat, Common Chiffchaff, nine House Sparrow, 20 Corn Bunting, lots of juvenile Yellowhammer, Linnet and two Raven. (Pete Coslett)


Friday 3rd

Around he patch today; Moorhen, three Grey Heron, Common Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, c.40 Jackdaw, three Raven, Skylark, c.40 House Martin, five Long-tailed Tit, three Common Chiffchaff, two Blackcap, six Goldcrest, Nuthatch, four Song Thrush, six Grey Wagtail and Greenfinch.


Saturday 4th

At least two Spotted Flycatcher near the top road in Cherry Wood this afternoon. (John Barnett)


Sunday 5th

A Marsh Tit at Ringswell, Common Redstart up from the Dewpond and lots of Swallows. (John Barnett)


Tuesday 7th

Ringswell Common: Six Swift, four Stock Dove, five Collared Dove, two Sparrowhawk, Red Kite - over the church, drifting west at 12:45, two Common Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, at least three Kestrel, nine House Martin, two Long-tailed Tit, four Common Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 93 Starling, four Grey Wagtail, two Chaffinch, two Bullfinch, two Greenfinch and 16 Goldfinch. (Nick Hawkridge)


Friday 10th

In the Shire Valley this morning: Four Spotted Flycatcher, three Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Little Egret, male and female Common Redstart, five Mistle Thrush and two Common Buzzard. Nearby two Little Owl. (Paul Sawyer)


Common Redstart and Spotted Flycatcher | Paul Sawyer


Sunday 12th

Yellowhammer, Linnet, Kestrel, Swallow, Greenfinch, Corn Bunting and Little Owl. (Chris Teague)


Little Owl | Chris Teague


Monday 13th

Shire Valley; Kingfisher under the road bridge, also two Spotted Flycatcher, two Grey Heron, lots of Common Chiffchaff and several young Grey Wagtail. Ringswell: At least forty (40) Mistle Thrush in the fields to the west of the sewage farm path and to the south of the dewpond, also Marsh Tit and a male Common Redstart. Dewpond; 18 Swift, 30+ House Martin and a few Swallow. (John Barnett)


Thursday 16th

A Hobby and seven Whinchat from Rushmead Lane and c.200 Starling on Rushmead Farm. (John Barnett, Tim Ford)


Friday 17th

Northfield and Rushmead Lanes: Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Skylark, seven Pied Wagtail, Swallow, three Common Whitethroat, three Whinchat, ten House Sparrow, 12 Corn Bunting, eight Yellowhammer, 20 Linnet and Raven. (Pete Coslett)


Saturday 18th

Spotted Flycatchers continue in the Shire Valley. (Les Williams)


Spotted Flycatcher | Les Williams


Sunday 19th

Still at least three Whinchat from Northfield Lane this afternoon along with Skylark, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting and three Common Whitethroat. (Pete Coslett) Nearby a Hobby over Marshfield village. (John Barnett)


Whinchat | Pete Coslett


Monday 20th

At least 30 Swift around Marshfield Church. Two Spotted Flycatcher, two Kestrel and Grey Heron in the Shire Valley. Nearby five Whinchat in fields from Rushmead Lane. (John Barnett)


Wednesday 22nd

In the Shire Valley: Four Grey Heron, two Little Egret, five Mistle Thrush, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper and four Grey Wagtail. (Paul Sawyer)


Sunday 26th

In the Shire Valley: Two Little Grebe on 'Small Pond', Little Egret, three Grey Heron, three Willow Warbler, at least ten Common Chiffchaff, Common Redstart and up to ten Spotted Flycatcher. (John Barnett)


Thursday 30th

Still at least six Whinchat on Rushmead Lane, also 30+ Swift over village. (John Barnett)


Friday 31st

Four Red Kite and at least nine Common Buzzard following a tractor in fields between Marshfield and The Folly from the A420. Nearby, Whinchat and Willow Warbler on Northfield Lane along with Goldfinch, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and Skylark. (Pete Coslett)


Red Kite | Pete Coslett



Sunday 2nd

Today in the Shire Valley; At least twelve (12) Spotted Flycatcher along the valley, three Grey Heron, Hobby, Little Grebe, two Willow Warbler and numerous Common Chiffchaff. Nearby at least three Whinchat from Rushmead Lane. From Orchid Lane, a pair of Common Stonechat, 12 Skylark, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, five Swallow, four House Martin, three Mistle Thrush, four Yellowhammer, nine Corn Bunting, at least ten Linnet and five Starling. (John Barnett, Pete Coslett)


Common Stonechat | Pete Coslett


Thursday 6th

Two Whinchat and a male Common Stonechat on Rushmead Lane this afternoon. (John Barnett)


Sunday 9th

Six Whinchat along Northfield Lane this afternoon, Northern Wheatear on Rushmead Barn and six Pied Wagtail there. Good numbers of Linnet and Corn Bunting, a few Skylark and Yellowhammer, Common Buzzard and Kestrel. (Pete Coslett) In the Shire Valley; Pied Flycatcher briefly, three Spotted Flycatcher, Little Grebe, Kingfisher, two Grey Heron, Willow Warbler, several Common Chiffchaff and 50+ House Martin. (John Barnett)


Northern Wheatear and Whinchat | Pete Coslett


Monday 10th

Combined reports: Two Northern Wheatear, seven Whinchat and a pair of Common Stonechat from Rushmead Lane. 30 House Martin and 16 Swift over the village and four Bullfinch at Ringswell. A Lapwing was also reported. (John Barnett, Tim Sakleld)


Tuesday 11th

Shire Valley: 12+ Spotted Flycatchers, two Little Egret, two Grey Heron, 50+ Swallow, a few House Martin and several Common Chiffchaff. (John Barnett)


Wednesday 12th

Rushmead Lane; Four Common Whitethroat, six Whinchat, two Common Stonechat and Yellow Wagtail. In the Shire Valley; 40 Linnet, two Grey Heron, Little Grebe, several Common Chiffchaff, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Willow Warbler and at least eight Spotted Flycatcher. (John Barnett)


Sunday 16th

Eight Whinchat in potato fields on Northfield Lane, two Common Stonechat on Orchid Lane otherwise fairly quiet this afternoon. Also juvenile Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, nine Pied Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Common Chiffchaff and two Corn Bunting. (Pete Coslett)


Whinchat | Pete Coslett


Saturday 22nd

Combined reports: Whinchat from Northfield Lane and two Raven, Skylark and Linnet. Four Pied Wagtail and Sparrowhawk around Rushmead Barn.  South of the village, sixteen Canada Geese on Church's Pond. Also reported was Little Egret. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)


Sunday 23rd

100 species have been recorded so far this year on the patch at Marshfield due mostly to the outstanding efforts of John Barnett. A Green Sandpiper seen from Down Track was this year's 100th and was supported by, six Whinchat, 80 Linnet, two Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Skylark, Corn Bunting and five Pied Wagtail. A Hobby noted high over Shire Bridge also Common Redstart, two Common Buzzard and four Raven. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)


Common Redstart | Pete Coslett

Wednesday 26th

At least nine Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Warbler in the Shire Valley today. (John Barnett)


Thursday 27th

This morning from Rushmead Lane; A pair of Common Stonechat, at least three Whinchat, five Yellow Wagtail and Lesser Whitethroat. Willow Warbler and 300+ Linnet on Shirehill Lane and Little Egret on Church's Pool. (John Barnett)


Friday 28th

Shire Valley; Two Grey Heron, a few Common Chiffchaff, Little Grebe and Spotted Flycatcher. Rushmead Lane; Six Whinchat and Willow Warbler. Northfield Lane; 250+ Linnet, Grey Heron and two Kestrel. Ringswell; Bullfinch and nearby male Common Redstart. (John Barnett)


Sunday 30th

Combined reports today; At least three Common Redstart in the Shire Valley, also four Grey Heron, three Common Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush, Swallow, House Martin, three Common Chiffchaff and three Raven. Seven Whinchat in fields from Rushmead Lane and a Northern Wheatear along Northfield Lane. South of the village, two Marsh Tit in Cherry Wood plus good numbers of Common Chiffchaff about. (Pete Coslett, Michael Davis, John Barnett)


Monday 31st

Combined reports today; At least 13 Whinchat at Marshfield this afternoon, nine on Northfield Lane and four from Rushmead Lane. Also Lapwing, two Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Swallow, Skylark, Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Common Stonechat, c.100 Linnet, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting. In the Shire Valley, three Grey Heron, two Sparrowhawk, five Spotted Flycatcher and Common Redstart. From West Littleton Lane, c.100 Swallow, c.70 House Martin and three Northern Wheatear on West Littleton Down. From the Tormarton Road, a mixed flock of c.100 Swallow and House Martin, five Greenfinch and c.40 Corn Bunting. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)


Common Whitethroat | Pete Coslett



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)



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)


Friday 30th

West Littleton Down; 300+ Fieldfare, a few Redwing, c.40 Yellowhammer, seven Grey Heron and two Bullfinch. (John Barnett)



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. A Mute Swan and Little Grebe on Church's Pond. Three Peregrine from Down Road near Downthorns Farm and c.300 Golden Plover over Cold Ashton. (Rob Laughton, Jonathan Lewis, John Barnett)


Monday 23rd

A Merlin from Down Track this afternoon. (John Barnett)


Tuesday 24th

Today two Peregrine were seen over Ayford Lane, 300+ Golden Plover were noted over Beek's Lane, a Marsh Tit from Cherry Wood and two Mistle Thrush at Ashwicke. (John Barnett)


Thursday 26th

Two Grey Heron and Mistle Thrush from the Tormarton Road and c.90 Golden Plover from Middledown Lane. Across the patch, ten Common Stonechat, c.600 Fieldfare and a few Redwing. (John Barnett)


Monday 30th

C.65 Lapwing were seen from the Tormarton Road. (John Barnett)



Tuesday 1st

A Common Teal was present on West Littleton Dam, along with four Mallard and Moorhen. (John Barnett)


Wednesday 2nd

A Merlin from the Down Track area, 35 Lapwing from Wallsend Lane, 500+ Common Gull and c.2000 Starling from Rushmead Farm, eight Common Stonechat across the patch, c.200 Fieldfare in the Shire Valley, Mistle Thrush from the Tormarton Road, three Bullfinch from West Littleton Down and Reed Bunting from Dunsdown Lane. (John Barnett)


Tuesday 8th

Little Grebe and Mute Swan on Church's Pond, five Kestrel and at least 30 Pied Wagtail in the West End area, Little Egret over and Marsh Tit at Ashwicke and nearby c.70 Redwing South of the village. (John Barnett)


Wednesday 9th

C.10,000 Starling reported across the patch today with several flocks in excess of 3.000. (Robert Hargraves) Also noted, 20 Stock Dove, c.350 Common Gull, three Common Buzzard, three Kestrel, Merlin, Jay, Skylark, 70 Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, five Common Stonechat, c.90 Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer.


Thursday 10th

Combined reports; From Down Road; Common Buzzard, c.160 Common Gull, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Fieldfare, House Sparrow, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and c.150 mixed Corvids. South of the village, c.120 Chaffinch near Star Farm and Woodcock in Cloud Wood. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)


Friday 11th

1000+ Rook/ Jackdaw from Rushmead Lane, Mistle Thrush from the Tormarton Road, c.100 Chaffinch at Castle Farm, 90 Linnet from Northfield Lane and three Bullfinch from West Littleton Down. (John Barnett)


Saturday 12th

Down Road to Shirehill Lane; Common Buzzard, three  Kestrel, five Red-legged Partridge, Skylark, two Common Stonechat, 40 Fieldfare, seven Blackbird, 20 House Sparrow, Corn Bunting, Linnet, c.1200 Starling, a 150+ Corvids and Raven. Twenty Golden Plover from the A420. (Lee Gardiner, Pete Coslett) Also a wholly unconfirmed report of Marsh Harrier!


Tuesday 15th

Common Teal at West Littleton Dam, Mute Swan, Little Grebe, four Mallard and Grey Heron from Church's Pond and c.90 Linnet in the Doncombe Valley. (John Barnett)


Sunday 20th

Sparrowhawk from Rushmead Lane, Merlin and 17 Red-legged Partridge from Rushmead Farm, Woodcock in the Shire Valley, three Mistle Thrush and two Common Stonechat seen and c.50 Chaffinch from Castle Farm. (John Barnett)


Thursday 24th

Northfield and Rushmead Lane this morning; Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, four Common Stonechat, Fieldfare, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, c.80 Linnet and c.600 Starling. (Pete Coslett)


Friday 25th

Four Common Stonechat from West Littleton Road also ten Chaffinch and 40 Yellowhammer near the village. 110 Chaffinch and 30 Yellowhammer from Castle Farm. (John Barnett)


Sunday 27th

From the Rushmead Lane area; C. 2000 Starling, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Kestrel and Grey Wagtail. (Chris Teague)


Grey Wagtail | Chris Teague


Monday 28th

A Little Grebe on Church's Pond and a couple of Continental Blackbird and Continental Song Thrush in the Ashwicke area. (John Barnett)


Tuesday 29th

C.60 Skylark from Rushmead Farm along with c.160 Linnet, c.220 Corn Bunting and Greenfinch. Four Red-legged Partridge from Down Road. (John Barnett) Also a wholly unconfirmed report of a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker along Broadmead Brook in the Shire Valley.