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Monday January 1st

From the patch today: Grey Heron, three Kestrel, Snipe, 40 Woodpigeon, 30 Skylark, three Pied Wagtail, five Stonechat, six Redwing, large flock of Fieldfare, Song Thrush, five Blackbird, 20 Corn Bunting, ten Yellowhammer, six Goldfinch, 60 Linnet, seven Bullfinch, 30 Chaffinch, c.600 Starling, 100+ Corvids, including seven Raven. Also Long-tailed, Blue, Great, Coal and Marsh Tit, Magpie, Collared Dove, Pheasant, two Buzzard and Siskin. (Chris Teague, © Pete Coslett - photo, John Barnett)



Wednesday January 3rd

Snipe on Lower West Littleton pond, c.250 Golden Plover from the Tormarton Road and Sparrowhawk on Down Road. (John Barnett) Also 50 Fieldfare, 30 Linnet and two Yellowhammer.


Thursday January 4th

Barn Owl over the A420 between the Folly and Marshfield at 22:00. (John Barnett)


Friday January 5th

Over 400 Golden Plover, c.120 Fieldfare, Stonechat, Kestrel, c.100 Chaffinch and a few Corn Bunting. (Nigel Sluman)


Saturday January 6th

Two Reed Bunting from Northfield Lane. C.150 Golden Plover and c.200 Common Gull opposite Marshfield Primary School on the A420. C.150 Fieldfare in fields from Shirehill Lane and at least two Brambling amongst 40+ Chaffinch from Down Road. (© Pete Coslett - photo)



Sunday January 7th

Combined reports from the patch today: A Red Kite was seen flying east over A420 between The Folly and Marshfield at 14:30, a Little Egret still present in Shire Valley, west of Shirehill bridge, also four Bullfinch feeding as well. At least two Brambling, two Stock Dove, Kestrel, two Buzzard, Stonechat, 25 Red-legged Partridge and c.150 Chaffinch in the Down Road area along with c.220 Golden Plover, c.300 Linnet and c.120 Corn Bunting. C.120 Fieldfare with a few Redwing from Northfield Lane. Three Marsh Tit, Hawfinch, and 20 Yellowhammer were also seen in the Cloud Wood area south of the village. (© Brian Thompson - photo, Pete Coslett, Karle Burfoot, Paul Marshall, John Barnett, Charlie Fayers)



Wednesday January 10th

Combined reports from the patch today: A female Merlin and two Brambling from Down Road at 11:35. (Mark Coller) At least one Hawfinch and three Marsh Tit at the east end of Cloud Wood. (John Barnett) A Flock of c.600 - 700 Fieldfare from Shirehill Lane, and a couple of male Stonechat from Middledown and Rushmead Lanes. (TBOSG)


Saturday January 13th

Combined reports from the patch today: 20 Red-legged Partridge, six Buzzard, 25 Golden Plover, c.150 Common Gull, 20 Stock Dove, four Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Kestrel, Peregrine, two Jay, c.400 Corvid, six Raven, Goldcrest, a flock of twenty Blackbird, c.150 Fieldfare, c.60 Redwing, three Stonechat, two Pied Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit, 20 Chaffinch, eight Bullfinch, c.100 Linnet, 50 Goldfinch, 25 Siskin, 36 Corn Bunting and six Yellowhammer. (BOC/ Avon Birds)


Thursday January 18th

A Hawfinch was reported from a garden in the village this morning. (Denise Whittle)


Friday January 19th

Two Short-eared Owls were reported around the barns along Rushmead Lane around 10:15 (Paul Williams) also Peregrine two Stonechat and c.80 Fieldfare. (John Barnett)


Saturday January 20th

A Hawfinch briefly in gardens in the Withymead Playing Fields area again this morning. (Denise Whittle)


Sunday January 21st

A Hawfinch once again on feeders in a garden at Marshfield. (© Denise Whittle - photo)



Sunday January 21st

A Short-eared Owl was disturbed from rough ground on Rushmead Lane this morning; it was also seen quartering the fields there this evening. Also today; 52 Lapwing over between Rushmead Lane and Tormarton Road, 20 Golden Plover in fields from Northfield Lane plus at least three Stonechat and a mixed flock of c.100 Starling and c.60 Fieldfare. In addition, c.60 Corn Bunting, five Skylark, two Chaffinch, c. 40 Stock Dove, six Red-legged Partridge, c.100 Linnet, three Kestrel, two Buzzard  and two Herring Gull. A Little Egret in the Shire Valley and on the south side of the village, Marsh Tit in the Withymead Playing Fields area and Hawfinch briefly at the east end of Cloud Wood Marshfield this morning. (© Pete Coslett - photo, Chris Vines, John Barnett, © TBOSG - photo)




Tuesday January 23rd

A Hawfinch still visiting feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield this morning. (Denise Whittle)


Wednesday January 24th

A single Hawfinch still visiting feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield today. (Denise Whittle)


Thursday January 25th

A Hawfinch still taking advantage of feeders in the Withymead area (© Denise Whittle - photo) also in the Rushmead Lane area, Buzzard, 20 Skylark, three Meadow Pipit, 13 Pied Wagtail, three Stonechat, 205 Fieldfare, ten Yellowhammer, 40 Corn Bunting, five Goldfinch and 50 Linnet. (Pete Coslett)



Friday January 26th

Combined reports today: In the Shire Valley this morning highlights were Siskin and c.200 Golden Plover. Elsewhere around the patch, Kestrel, small numbers of Meadow Pipit, two Stonechat, c.70 Chaffinch, c.220 Linnet, c.50 Yellowhammer, c.280 Corn Bunting plus single Greenfinch and Reed Bunting. (John Barnett)


Saturday January 27th

The Hawfinch visiting feeders in the Withymead area again today. (Denise Whittle)


Monday January 29th

A Hawfinch still visiting feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield, (© Denise Whittle - photo) also 80 Golden Plover from Northfield Lane, c.100 Fieldfare from West Littleton Lane and a Muntjac chasing Fox...! (John Barnett)



Tuesday January 30th

A Merlin from Down Road this morning, plus c.330 Common Gull, two Buzzard, Kestrel, c.200 mixed 'finch flock', 30 Corn Bunting, 20 Skylark a few Yellowhammer and two Stonechat. (Pete Coslett)


Wednesday January 31st

C.200 Linnet and five Corn Bunting from Down Road this afternoon. (Wilf King)



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