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MARSHFIELD DIARY 2017

 

 

JANUARY

 

Sunday January 1st

Forty-two species around the patch before the rain came today - Grey Heron, Mallard, Common Teal, Red-legged Partridge, Common Pheasant, three Common Buzzard, 20 Golden Plover, two Black-headed Gull, c.300 Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, c150 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Fieldfare, c.50 Redwing, three Mistle Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, House Sparrow, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, eight Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, c.100 Yellowhammer and at least 200 Corn Bunting. (John Barnett) Additionally, a Red Kite was reported over fields at Marshfield. (Pete Taylor)

 

Monday January 2nd

Shooting curtailed activities somewhat today nevertheless a Jack Snipe was seen twice briefly in the Shire Valley this morning and Barn Owl showed late afternoon. (Don & Mike Smith)

 

Tuesday January 3rd

Combined reports today; Four Grey Partridge, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, two Woodcock, three Common Snipe, three Common Teal, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Owl, Common Stonechat, Goldcrest, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, c.500 Golden Plover, three Grey Heron, Linnets and Goldfinch. (Denise Whittle, John Barnett)

 

Wednesday January 4th

Combined reports from across the patch today; Kestrel, c80 Golden Plover, Jack Snipe, Little Owl, Nuthatch, 20 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, two Common Stonechat, 20 Chaffinch, 30 Linnet, eight Yellowhammer, 25 Corn Bunting, Sparrowhawk, four Raven, two Common Buzzard, four Red-legged Partridge, c.15 Pied Wagtail, two Peregrine, Barn Owl and Tawny Owl. (Nigel Sluman, Kevin Smith, John Barnett)

 

Thursday January 5th

A single Jack Snipe was seen again in the Shire Valley and Woodcock was flushed near West Littleton. (Nigel Warren)

 

Friday January 6th

WAXWING: One was seen briefly in a garden backing onto Withymead Playing Fields, Marshfield around 11:30 this morning. This occurrence represents the first record of this species for the 'Marshfield patch'. (Denise Whittle)

 

© Denise Whittle

 

Monday January 9th

This morning in Shire Valley; Merlin, two Siskin, at least 15 Raven, 250+ Redwing/ Fieldfare and a couple of Mistle Thrush including one singing. (John Barnett)

 

Thursday January 12th

C.180 Lapwing over Marshfield village this morning. (John Barnett)

 

Friday January 13th

Combined reports today: Woodcock, Jack Snipe and Sparrowhawk near West End, c.70 Goldfinch from Middledown Lane, c.300 mixed flock of Chaffinch and Yellowhammer from Down Track and Merlin in the Withymead Playing Fields area. (John Barnett, Denise Whittle)

 

Saturday January 14th

Combined reports from the patch today: C.180 Lapwing and good numbers of Corn Bunting in the Down Road area. Also plenty of Fieldfare and Redwing along with several Common Stonechat. (Pete Coslett, Chris Teague)

 

© Chris Teague

 

Monday January 16th

Combined reports from the patch today: Plenty of 'finch' including c.20 Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Greenfinch plus 45 Red-legged Partridge, 15 Corn Bunting, c.200 Lapwing, two Common Buzzard and three Kestrel. (Dan White, Denise Whittle)

 

© Dan White

 

Tuesday January 17th

This afternoon; Two Merlin - one over Northfield Lane, one over Down Track, c.350 Lapwing over Down Track and Common Stonechat on Northfield Lane. (John Barnett)

 

Saturday January 21st

This morning in the Shire Valley; Three Grey Heron, two Common Buzzard, Kestrel, two Green Woodpecker, two Nuthatch, at least ten Robin, 20 Blackbird, five Song Thrush, 40 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, three Pied Wagtail, two Grey Wagtail, ten Goldfinch, three Raven and a few Great/ Blue Tit and Goldcrest. This afternoon from Down Road; 85 Lapwing, two Common Stonechat and two Raven. (Pete Coslett) Also seen around the patch today; 30 Black-headed Gull, two Common Gull, at least 200 Jackdaw, 150+ Rook, Treecreeper, c.200 Fieldfare, four Bullfinch and ten Yellowhammer. (Lois Pryce) 50 Corn Buntings, eleven Red-legged Partridge and c.100 Golden Plover. (Karle Burfoot)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Sunday January 22nd

C.300 Golden Plover still present in fields near Pennsylvania. (Pete Coslett)

 

Thursday January 26th

Combined reports today; Barn Owl in the area. From Down Road; c.500 Common Gull, 50 Black-headed Gull with a few Lesser Black-backed Gull.140 Lapwing, 80 Golden Plover, c.120 Woodpigeon, c.100 Linnet, c.50 Skylark, c.100 Corn Bunting but fewer Yellowhammer and Meadow Pipit, a pair of Common Stonechat, c.300 Corvid and Raven. In the Shire Valley; Little Egret, a couple of Mistle Thrush, several Grey Wagtail, Raven and two Kestrel. (Jeanette Sakel, Pete Coslett, John Barnett)

 

Friday January 27th

From the Shire Valley; Goldcrest, Kestrel, Raven, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail and Wren.

 

Saturday January 28th

Reports from around the patch; Seven Common Buzzard, c.200 Golden Plover, c.100 Fieldfare, c.240 Starling, six Common Stonechat, seven Red-legged Partridge, c.110 Lapwing, c.300 Common Gull, four Collared Dove, three Magpie, good numbers of corvid, c.40 Skylark, 15 Redwing, two Pied Wagtail, c.20 Meadow Pipit, six Chaffinch, c.20 Linnet, two Goldfinch, c.40 Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting and a small number of Corn Bunting.

 

 

FEBRUARY

 

Wednesday February 1st

Two Canada Geese on 'Big Pond' in Shire Valley, Common Stonechat on Rushmead Lane and male Blackcap in the village. (John Barnett)

 

Thursday February 2nd

A stack of Chaffinch, Linnets and 'buntings' in the weedy field on Downs Road. (Nigel Warren)

 

Saturday February 4th

From Down Road this afternoon; 180 Lapwing, 60 G/Plover, 80 Corn Bunting, two Common Stonechat, 50 Linnet, 20 Skylark, Kestrel, three Common Buzzard and c.300 corvids. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Sunday February 5th

From the patch today; 35 Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, a pair of Common Stonechat, fifteen Skylark, Fieldfare, Redwing, eleven Golden Plover, four Common Buzzard and Kestrel. (Chris Vines)

 

Monday February 6th

Fifteen Meadow Pipit in fields by A420/ West Littleton Road with 70 Lapwing and Golden Plover over Northfield Lane. Sparrowhawk, four Mistle Thrush and Grey Heron in the Shire valley. 400+ Linnet and lots of Skylark from Rushmead Farm. Peregrine over Down Track and a male Blackcap in the village. (John Barnett)

 

Wednesday February 8th

A Merlin and male Goshawk were noted on the patch today. (John Barnett)

 

Saturday February 11th

A Merlin was seen from Down Road along with c.140 Lapwing and a Little Egret was present in the Shire Valley. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Thursday February 16th

In addition to the usual patch suspects this afternoon, a couple of Greenfinch near Marshfield church, a Common Stonechat on Down Road and a Common Chiffchaff at Ringswell. (John Barnett)

 

Friday February 17th

In the Shire Valley this morning, Little Egret, five Grey Heron, three Mallard, two Canada Geese, c.10 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Red Kite, c.60 Stock Dove, three Grey Wagtail, small flocks of Redwing, c.200 Fieldfare, five Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, ten Raven and Siskin. A second Red Kite in flight south over the Tormarton Road. Also this morning our first butterfly of the year... Small Tortoiseshell. (John Barnett, TBOSG)

 

Saturday February 18th

At least seven Common Stonechat across the patch this afternoon. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Thursday February 23rd

This morning; At least 500 Golden Plover and Common Stonechat from Northfield Lane also singing Skylark there. Two Grey Wagtail by stream near West End Farm. (John Barnett)

 

Friday February 24th

Combined reports from the patch today; At least four Grey Heron, five Mallard, Red Kite, c.20 Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, c.50 Red-legged Partridge, c.400 Stock Dove, good numbers of Woodpigeon, half a dozen Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, small numbers of Skylark, at least six Grey Wagtail, two Pied Wagtail, Common Stonechat, c.200 Fieldfare, several Song Thrush, small numbers of Redwing, at least two Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, singing Common Chiffchaff, Long-tailed, Marsh, Blue and Great Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, three Jay, large numbers of corvid mostly Jackdaw, several Raven, small flocks of Starling, c.100 Chaffinch, two Greenfinch, a few Goldfinch, c.300 Linnet, four Bullfinch. c.50 Yellowhammer, five Reed Bunting and small numbers of Corn Bunting. (Denise Whittle, John Barnett, TBOSG)

 

© TBOSG

 

 

MARCH

 

Thursday 2nd March

A Peregrine on Rushmead Lane this afternoon. (Pete Coslett)

 

Saturday 4th March

Reported from the patch today; At least 20 Red-legged Partridge, Little Owl, two Kestrel, six Skylark, 14 Yellowhammer and six Corn Bunting.

 

Monday 6th March

This morning on the Tormarton Road, Greenfinch by the barns. Shirehill Lane - 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull. In the Shire Valley, two Grey Heron, two Grey Wagtail, c.50 Fieldfare and two Bullfinch. From Down Track, two Common Stonechat, c.250 Linnet and a mixed flock of c.200 Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and Chaffinch. (John Barnett)

 

Wednesday 8th March

Today; three Common Stonechat on Rushmead Lane, c.120 Corn Bunting on Rushmead Farm with a further c.50 from Down Road. A pair of Canada Geese on 'Big Pond' in the Shire Valley. (John Barnett)

Saturday 11th March

From Down Road; At least one probably two White Wagtail in ploughed fields with c.75 'alba' wagtail late morning. Also several Common Buzzard, c.10 Black-headed Gull, c.100 Common Gull, c.75 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c.30 Herring Gull, c.50 Stock Dove, male Common Stonechat, an enormous number of 'corvid' largely Jackdaw, six Reed Bunting and good numbers of Corn Bunting. (TBOSG)

 

© TBOSG

 

Sunday 12th March

The first returning 'patch' Northern Wheatear from Down Road this morning. (Pete Coslett, Phil Smith)

 

© Phil Smith

 

Monday 13th March

From the patch today: Two Grey Heron, a pair of Mallard, ten Common Buzzard, too many Red-legged Partridge and Common Pheasant, Moorhen, c.200 Common Gull plus small numbers of Lesser Black-backed, Herring and Black-headed Gull, c.150 Stock Dove, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, a good showing of singing Skylark, five Grey Wagtail, c.40 Pied Wagtail, three Mistle Thrush, singing Chiffchaff plus a large flock of mixed 'finches' including c.200 Linnet.  Also at least three Small Tortoiseshell. (TBOSG)

 

© TBOSG

 

Wednesday 15th March

This afternoon; a mixed flock of of c.250 Yellowhammer, Chaffinch and Linnet from Down Track, also five Fieldfare and c.90 Stock Dove. A Sparrowhawk at Rushmead Farm plus Painted Lady and several Small Tortoiseshell. (John Barnett, Nigel Sluman)

 

Monday 20th March

This afternoon; Common Chiffchaff at Ringswell, Peregrine near West End Farm and 40 Lesser Black-backed Gulls from Middledown Lane. (John Barnett)

 

Wednesday 22nd March

This afternoon; 20 Meadow Pipit from Middledown Lane and 40 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Two Canada Geese in the Shire Valley also four Common Chiffchaff. A Barn Owl hunting along Rushmead Lane also c.30 Corn Bunting, 40 Yellowhammer a few Skylark and 14 Fieldfare, three Common Buzzard and the usual corvids. Northern Wheatear and two Common Stonechat from West Littleton Road. (John Barnett, Pete Coslett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Friday 24th March

A Red Kite was seen over Down Road this afternoon. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Sunday 26th March

This afternoon; At least 150 Stock Dove from Down Road Track, also 100+ Yellowhammer and smaller numbers of Chaffinch and Linnet. Lots of Common Buzzard around the patch along with several singing Corn Bunting, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. (John Barnett)

 

Monday 27th March

This afternoon; Little Grebe on the Dam Pond at West Littleton. In Shire valley, three pairs of Grey Wagtail, singing Blackcap, two Common Chiffchaff, four Mistle Thrush, Kestrel and Greenfinch. (John Barnett)

 

Tuesday 28th March

In the Shire Valley this afternoon; Three Grey Heron, seven Common Buzzard, two Sparrowhawk, three Kestrel, two Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, five Grey Wagtail, two Pied Wagtail, three Common Chiffchaff, Blackcap plus the usual Tits and six Raven. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Thursday 30th March

The first Swallow on the patch for the year was seen today. Also reported today, 150+ Corn Bunting, 15+ Yellowhammer and Raven along Rushmead Lane. (Pete Coslett, Rob Laughton)

 

Friday 31st March

This morning south of the village; Several singing Common Chiffchaff, Blackcap, a pair of Bullfinch and four Willow Warbler feeding over the little pond south of the church. Also a female and three male Tufted Duck on the West Littleton Dam this afternoon! The first Swallow for the year was also seen today. (John Barnett, Pete Coslett)

 

 

APRIL

 

Tuesday 4th April

This afternoon; Little Grebe on West Littleton Dam, Northern Wheatear on Rushmead Lane and Canada Goose on 'Big Pond' in the Shire Valley. (John Barnett)

 

Wednesday 5th April

A Peregrine was seen from Down Road and in the Shire Valley, two Swallow, two Canada Geese, lots of Grey Wagtail and a singing Bullfinch. (John Barnett)

 

Friday 7th April

A quite day on the patch with no visible migration however there were two Swallows on wires at Newhouse Farm. In the Shire Valley; Three Grey Heron, Mallard, Canada Goose, several Common Buzzard, Moorhen, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Grey and Pied Wagtail, several Song and Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, several Raven and small numbers of Goldfinch. Also around 150 Woodpigeon in fields from Rushmead Lane.

 

Sunday 9th April

In the Shire Valley this afternoon; Two Canada Geese, Swallow, Marsh Tit and a singing Coal Tit. (John Barnett)

 

Tuesday April 11th

A quick visit to Marshfield this afternoon yielded a pair of Wheatear on Down Road that were thought to be 'Greenland' and another male at Rushmead  Lane 'Barn'. Driving back a Ring Ouzel flew across in front of the car by the roundabout at the junction of the A46/ A420 near Pennsylvania then low north across the fields. (Pete Taylor)

 

Thursday April 13th

Combined reports; In the Shire Valley - Grey Heron, Kestrel, two Canada Geese, four Swallow and House Martin. Two 'Wheatear' spp. still in fields from Down Road and two Willow Warbler south of the village. By the way there are a lot more Linnet and singing Stock Dove this year, it seems. A single Grey Partridge in ploughed fields from Down Road this afternoon. A Common Stonechat at Castle Farm and Barn Owl near The Folly this evening. (John Barnett, Nigel Warren, Pete Coslett)

 

© TBOSG

 

Saturday April 15th

Combined reports; At least eight 'Wheatear' in ploughed fields from Down Road this afternoon six of which were 'Greenland'. (Pete Coslett, Nigel Warren, TBOSG)

 

Sunday April 16th

Combined reports; A male Common Redstart around the small pond in Doncombe Valley south of the village first thing. Four Northern Wheatear from Down Road this afternoon also two Barn Swallows through. (John Barnett, Pete Coslett, Lee Gardiner)

 

© Lee Gardiner

 

Monday April 17th

Combined reports; At least five Wheatear from Down Road today including several 'Greenland' beasts. (Pete Coslett, Chris Teague)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Tuesday April 18th

Combined reports; In the Shire Valley this morning, at least two Grey Heron, 16 Mallard including a brood of nine ducklings, Sparrowhawk, six Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Moorhen, a flock of c.50 gulls mostly Lesser Black-backed and Herring, several Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, half a dozen Sand Martin, Swallow and House Martin, several Pied Wagtail, c.10 Blackcap, plenty of Common Chiffchaff with a smattering of Willow Warbler, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch and several Raven. At least five Wheatear species still from Down Road and a Common Redstart in the Doncombe Valley south of the village. (TBOSG, John Barnett)

 

Friday April 21st

Combined reports; A spring male Wood Warbler in full song was present throughout the day in Grange Plantation on Ashwicke Road, 1.5 kilometres south of the village at ST: 785 717. A Whinchat was seen on Down Road, two Common Whitethroat and at least six Northern Wheatear were logged across the patch. (John Barnett, Pete Coslett)

 

© TBOSG

© Pete Coslett

 

Saturday April 22nd

Wheatears continue to show across the patch today with at least five from Down Road alone. (Pete Coslett)

 

© TBOSG Another shot of the Wood Warbler south of Marshfield on April 21st thanks to John Barnett.

 

Monday April 24th

Combined reports today; Grey Heron, seven male Mallard, thirteen Canada Geese - including nine goslings, Red Kite, Moorhen, male Great Spotted Woodpecker, good numbers of House Martin and Swallow, three Grey Wagtail, at least five Northern Wheatear, four Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, two Common Whitethroat, half a dozen Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, several Raven plus plenty of Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer. (TBOSG, John Barnett)

 

© TBOSG

 

Sunday April 30th

A Lesser Whitethroat at the top of the woods south of the sewage works at Ringswell in the Doncombe Valley also two singing Bullfinch in the area. (John Barnett)

 

MAY

 

Friday May 5th

A Garden Warbler and Marsh Tit in the Cloud Wood area south of the village this morning also two Common Swift over the west end of the village this afternoon. (John Barnett)

 

Sunday May 7th

Early morning: Good numbers of Yellowhammer plus Red-legged Partridge, Stock Dove, a few Corn Bunting and a male 'Lady Amherst Pheasant' from the Cotswold Way at ST: 772 775 between Turnpike Farm and Turnpike Cottages. Also two Northern Wheatear from Orchid Lane this afternoon. (Karle Burfoot, Pete Coslett)

 

Wednesday May 10th

Reported from across the patch today were Raven, Common Stonechat, lots of singing Corn Bunting, Skylark and Linnet. (Nigel Sluman)

 

Saturday May 13th

In the Shire Valley this afternoon: Three Common Buzzard, three Great Spotted Woodpecker, four Nuthatch, Treecreeper, three Pied Wagtail, four Grey Wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher, three Common Chiffchaff, three Blackcap, four Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, at least six Blackbird, Robin with three juveniles, two Common Swift, six Barn Swallow and five Raven. (Pete Coslett, Barry Dursley)

 

Sunday May 14th

This evening; Willow Warbler in the valley from West Littleton Road, c.90 Lesser Black-backed Gull from Rushmead Lane  with 30 Stock Dove and 40 Linnet  from Down Road. Also  several Whitethroat across the patch. (John Barnett)

 

Tuesday May 16th

At least 20 Common Swift and 10 House Martin over the east end of Marshfield village by the church this evening. (John Barnett)

 

Saturday May 20th

Down Road; Two Common Buzzard, c.90 Stock Dove, six Common Swift, at least half a dozen Skylark, four Pied Wagtail, ten Barn Swallow, six Common Whitethroat, four Corn Bunting, six Goldfinch, four Bullfinch plus all the usual Corvids. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Sunday May 21st

In the Shire Valley where a pair of Spotted Flycatcher also three Mistle Thrush, several Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron and Greenfinch. Lots of Swallows around all the farm buildings on the patch and lots of Common Whitethroat too. (John Barnett)

 

Thursday May 25th

A Lesser Whitethroat was south of the village near Beek's Lane, Willow Warbler on Rushmead Lane and Little Owl on West Littleton Road. (John Barnett)

 

Saturday May 27th

The first Quail of the year was heard in the Down Road/ Down Track area this afternoon/ evening. (Pete Coslett, Mark Coller, John Barnett)

 

Sunday May 28th

A male Quail was still singing in the Down Road area this morning. Also nine Red-legged Partridge, Red Kite, two Common Buzzard, 55 Stock Dove, six Yellowhammer and 12 Corn Bunting. (Robert Hargreaves)

 

JUNE

 

Thursday June 1st

A male Quail was singing in the Down Road/ Track area again this evening. (Wilf King)

 

Friday June 2nd

Two singing Quail today, one near the windsock on Garston Farm Airstrip this morning and one in the Down Road/ Track area this evening. Also a single Grey Partridge in fields from Down Road. A Garden Warbler in the Cloud Wood area south and east of the village this morning. (John Barnet, TBOSG)

 

Saturday June 3rd

One Quail calling in the Down Road/ Track area. (TBOSG)

 

Sunday June 4th

One Quail still calling in the Down Road/ Track area. (TBOSG)

 

Monday June 5th

A male Quail still present and calling in the Down Road/ Track area. (TBOSG)

 

Tuesday June 6th

Quail still calling in the Down Road/ Track area and a Little Owl in the Rushmead Farm area. (John Barnett)

 

Wednesday June 7th

One Quail noted still calling in the Down Road/ Track area. (Nigel Sluman, Mark Coller)

 

Friday June 9th

A male Quail still singing from Down Road/ Track area at Marshfield this evening. (Darren Pearce)

 

Saturday June 10th

A male Quail still singing from Down Road/ Track area at Marshfield plus c.50 Common Swift, c.30 Skylark, c.20 Yellowhammer and at least ten Corn Bunting. (Pete Coslett)

 

Sunday June 11th

QUAIL: Two males were heard from Down Road Track with remarkably one seen briefly in flight! (Lee Gardiner)

 

© Lee Gardiner

 

Monday June 12th

One male Quail reported from the Down Road/ Track area today. (RBA)

 

Wednesday June 14th

Two Quail calling in the Down Road/ Down Track area this evening. Also Little Owl nearby. (Nigel Warren, TBOSG)

 

Friday June 16th

At least one Quail calling in the Down Road/ Down Track area at Marshfield this morning. (Nigel Sluman)

 

Saturday June 17th

Again at least one Quail calling in the Down Road/ Down Track area at Marshfield this evening. Also Raven, Common Whitethroat, two Barn Owl plus good numbers of singing Skylark, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting. (Nigel Warren, TBOSG)

 

Tuesday June 20th

At least six Common Whitethroat and two Spotted Flycatcher in the Down Road area at Marshfield this morning. (Pete Coslett)

 

Saturday June 24th

Down Road area: At least three Quail calling today, possibly five, plus two Common Whitethroat, several Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, Skylark and Goldfinch. (Dominic Singleton)

 

Sunday June 25th

Just two Quail noted this afternoon from fields in the Down Road with one seen briefly. (John Barnett, Jack Wilmott)

 

Monday June 26th

In the Shire Valley this morning; Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher, Hobby, two Raven, Green Woodpecker, four Grey Heron and Canada Goose. From Down Road throughout the day; two Quail calling (possibly one seen briefly in flight), several hundred (c.500) Common Swift over the fields, Raven, three Common Whitethroat. Another Quail was heard calling in the Rushmead Lane area plus Linnet and Common Buzzard. Little Owl in the West Littleton Road area plus good numbers of Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, Goldfinch and Skylark throughout. (Don & Mike Smith, Dominic Singleton, TBOSG)

 

Thursday June 29th

Still at least one male Quail calling from fields on the west side of Down Road, Marshfield this morning.

 

JULY

 

Saturday July 1st

A family group of Spotted Flycatcher from Down Road this afternoon. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Tuesday July 4th

Quiet bird wise at Marshfield this morning however; 20+ Corn Bunting, 20+ Skylark, a few Yellowhammer and Linnet, five Pied Wagtail, Kestrel and Common Buzzard were seen plus a Quail was heard from the Rushmead Lane area. (Pete Coslett)

 

Wednesday July 5th

Four Mistle Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Little Owl in the Down Road area this morning. (Tony Scott)

 

Thursday July 6th

In the Westend to Springfield Farm area; Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, a few Skylark, at least 30 Swallow (including lots of juveniles) a family of Blackcap, three Common Chiffchaff, lots of juvenile Great, Blue and Long Tailed Tit plus at least 100 corvid in surrounding fields. (Pete Coslett) A Quail was heard calling in the Orchid/ Rushmead Lane area this afternoon. (John Barnett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Saturday July 8th

A Red Kite and several Spotted Flycatcher were seen in the Shire Valley this afternoon. (Pete Coslett) In the Down Road area; Good numbers of Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting and singing Skylark, eight Mistle Thrush, Common Whitethroat, Common Buzzard, Raven, Stock Dove and Goldcrest. Also at least two singing Quail. (Dominic Singleton)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Tuesday July 11th

In the Shire Valley this morning; Six Grey Heron, two adult and six gosling Canada Geese, two Spotted Flycatcher and Beautiful Demoiselle. (John Barnett)

 

Wednesday July 12th

From West Littleton Road; Little Owl, several Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting plus at least three calling Quail. (Dominic Singleton)

 

Thursday July 13th

In the Down Road area; Little Owl, five Red-legged Partridge, Common Whitethroat, several Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting plus at least five calling Quail. (Dominic Singleton)

 

Saturday July 14th

Combined reports today: The Marshfield year list hit 100 today with a Cormorant circling 'Big Pond' in the Shire Valley! Also in the valley were two adult and six juvenile Canada Geese, Kingfisher (the first of the year),  two Green Woodpecker, Common Chiffchaff, six Grey Heron, a few Greenfinch, a family of Spotted Flycatcher, five Long tailed Tit, two Common Buzzard and several Goldfinch. In the Down Road area; A single Quail, several Yellowhammer, two Skylark and Red-legged Partridge. A juvenile Yellow Wagtail (the first of the year) in pea fields just north of Harcombe Farm on the Tormarton Road. Four more Quail calling from Rushmead Farm with additional birds heard from Rushmead and Northfield Lane - c.7 birds in all today. Also noted were two Little Owl, four Lesser Black-backed Gull, four Herring Gull, Stock Dove, c.120 Starling, Song Thrush,  two Pied Wagtail, 20 Linnet, six Yellowhammer and ten Corn Bunting. (John Barnett, Dominic Singleton, Pete Coslett, BOC)

 

Saturday July 22nd

One Quail seen from Down Road this afternoon and one heard from the Tormarton Road before the rain came. Also 12 Common Swift and ten Sand Martin moving south over Down Road plus 60+ Barn Swallow feeding over fields. (Pete Coslett)

 

Monday July 24th

In the Shire Valley this morning; Grey Heron, two female Mallard, six Canada Geese, Common Buzzard, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, an adult and juvenile Grey Wagtail, juvenile Common Redstart, Mistle Thrush, a family group of Spotted Flycatcher, Nuthatch, three Raven and several small 'charms' of Goldfinch. A Quail was heard around mid-day from Down Road. (TBOSG)

 

© TBOSG

 

AUGUST

 

Tuesday August 1st

A Quail was heard at around ST: 793 760 Shirehill Lane. Also a Whinchat and Northern Wheatear in the Rushmead/ Orchid Lane area. (Pete Taylor)

 

Wednesday August 2nd

Two Spotted Flycatcher near the Sewage Treatment Works at Ringswell. (John Barnett)

 

Friday August 4th

A Quail was audible from Northfield Lane this morning - two Northern Wheatear on Orchid Lane with a few Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, Skylark and four Raven from Rushmead Lane. (Pete Coslett)

 

Saturday August 5th

A family group of Spotted Flycatcher performed well along Down Road this afternoon. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Saturday August 5th

Of note in the Shire Valley this afternoon; a family party of Spotted Flycatcher and two Common Chiffchaff. (John Barnett)

 

Monday August 7th

Reported from Marshfield today; Common Kestrel, four Northern Wheatear, five Raven, c. 200 Starling, c. 150 mixed gulls (Herring/ Lesser Black-backed), c. 100 mixed flock of Swift, Swallow and House Martin.

 

Tuesday August 8th

Combined reports today; Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, two Common Chiffchaff, three Northern Wheatear, three Sedge Warbler (the first of the year), two Common Swift, c 80 House Sparrow. Sparrowhawk, c.200 Starling, Yellow Wagtail, Yellowhammer, Linnet and at least 150 Swallow. In addition a Quail audible from Down Road and a Hummingbird Hawk Moth from set-aside there. (John Barnett, Pete Coslett, TBOSG)

 

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Wednesday August 9th

Three Northern Wheatear present from Rushmead Lane this afternoon. (John Barnett)

 

Thursday August 10th

On the patch this morning were at least nine Northern Wheatear, Whinchat, two Common Chiffchaff, ten House Martin, c.60 Swallow, three Common Buzzard, two Raven along with a flock of 150+ mixed Gulls. (Pete Coslett)

 

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Friday August 11th

This morning; two Willow Warbler from West Littleton Road with a further two from Northfield Lane along with Whinchat. Three Northern Wheatear from Rushmead Lane and a fourth family of  Spotted Flycatcher for the patch on Rushmead Farm. (John Barnett)

 

Tuesday August 15th

Combined reports today; A Little Owl was on show from West Littleton Road. In the Shire Valley, a record count of ten (10) Grey Heron, Common Buzzard, several Stock Dove, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, Grey and Pied Wagtail, male Common Redstart, ca. 20 Common Chiffchaff, at least three Spotted Flycatcher, Long-tailed, Coal,  Blue and Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and several Raven. Sparrowhawk from Down Road. (Pete Coslett, TBOSG)

 

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Friday August 18th

An impressive seven (7) Quail were 'flushed' in one group from fields on Rushmead Farm, Marshfield this morning. They represent the highest single count this year! Also there were two Common Stonechat. In the Shire Valley, three Grey Heron, two Grey Wagtail, Common Redstart plus a few Common Chiffchaff. Fourteen Raven and ca. 60 Linnet from West Littleton Down with Little Owl and two Willow Warbler from West Littleton Road. (John Barnett, Nigel Sluman)

 

Monday August 21st

In the Shire Valley this afternoon: Several Grey Heron and Common Buzzard, Hobby, Stock Dove, ca. 30 Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, at least three Common Redstart (including an autumn male), good numbers of both Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, 1st winter/ female Pied Flycatcher (the first of the year), Nuthatch, several Raven and ca. 30 Goldfinch.

 

Tuesday August 22nd

Combined reports today; Kestrel and Little Owl from West Littleton Road this morning and in the Shire Valley this afternoon: Grey Heron, Common Buzzard, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, Common Redstart, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, several Raven and ca. 50 Goldfinch. (Pete Coslett, TBOSG)

 

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Thursday August 24th

In the Shire Valley this afternoon: Three Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Red-legged Partridge, Swallow, House Martin, at least three Common Redstart (two males), Mistle Thrush, male Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Jay, several Raven and ca.50 Goldfinch. Nearby a flock of ca.350 mixed gulls most of which were Herring. (Nigel Warren, TBOSG)

 

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Friday August 25th

West Littleton Road, Rushmead Lane and Down Road: Nothing unusual, but a nice spread of species including Raven, Kestrel, Common Buzzard, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Red-legged Partridge, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Yellowhammer, big flock of Herring Gulls from Down Road with some Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (Dominic Singleton)

 

Sunday August 27th

This afternoon in the Shire Valley; Hobby, Blackcap and Spotted Flycatcher all before the first gate, Marsh Tit by Shire Hill plus three Willow Warbler and two Common Chiffchaff. (John Barnett)

 

Wednesday August 30th

This afternoon in the Shire Valley; Several Common Buzzard, Stock Dove, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, at least two male Common Redstart, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Long-tailed, Marsh, Coal, Blue and Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, four Jay, Several Raven, ca.50 Goldfinch and Bullfinch. (Nigel Warren, TBOSG)

 

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Thursday August 31st

Single Quail audible from Rushmead Lane this morning, also five Northern Wheatear and Little Owl. (Pete Coslett)

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Saturday September 2nd

Combined reports from the patch this afternoon; Several Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, two Hobby, ca.20 Red-legged Partridge, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, several Common Redstart, three Mistle Thrush, plenty of Common Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, ca.20 Raven, small numbers of Goldfinch and a couple of Bullfinch. (Pete Coslett, TBOSG)

 

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Monday September 4th

In the Shire Valley this morning; A couple of Grey Heron, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, several Red-legged Partridge, Green Woodpecker, House Martin, Swallow, three Common Redstart, Marsh Tit and a handful of Raven. (TBOSG)

 

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Saturday September 9th

A male Stonechat from Orchid Lane this afternoon also two Lesser Whitethroat feeding on Elderberries west of Shire Bridge and Spotted Flycatcher. (Pete Coslett)

 

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Sunday September 10th

In the Shire Valley; Twelve Grey Heron (a record count) two Common Chiffchaff, Blackcap and several Raven. A single Northern Wheatear on Northfield Lane with another from Orchid Lane. Several Raven and Meadow Pipit on Rushmead Farm. (John Barnett)

 

Tuesday September 19th

In the Shire Valley; Four Grey Heron, several Common Buzzard, two Hobby, Moorhen, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, at least one Common Redstart, male and female Blackcap, several Common Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, two Nuthatch, two Jay and ca. 20 Raven. Around the 'Top Fields' several Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, ca. 180 mixed large gulls, ca.50 Stock Dove and three Whinchat.

 

 

 

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Friday September 22nd

A total of around 40 species were noted in the Shire Valley this morning including; Ten Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, several Common Buzzard, two Kestrel, six Red-legged Partridge, ca. 400 Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, four Skylark, a steady passage of Swallow and House Martin, Grey Wagtail, up to two Common Redstart, Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, two Jay and at least 20 Raven.

 

 

Sunday September 24th

Two Stonechat on Northfield Lane this afternoon. Northern Wheatear, seven Raven and five Swallow on Rushmead Lane. A Red Kite over Castle Farm flew towards West Littleton. (Pete Coslett)

 

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Thursday September 28th

Combined reports today: This morning a Hobby on West Littleton Road by the A420, also 50 Linnet. Sparrowhawk and two Stonechat from Northfield Lane. 50 Corn Bunting, 100 Linnet, eight Swallow a few Chaffinch including one singing from Down Road. Lots of Meadow Pipit everywhere plus good numbers of Yellowhammer and Skylark on Rushmead Farm also a Northern Wheatear. In the Shire Valley highlights were Marsh Tit, two Mistle Thrush and a pair of Peregrine. (John Barnett, TBOSG)

 

 

 

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