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The Marshfield Patch - Recent Reports


Red-flanked Bluetail | TBOSG





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. Do not enter the fields - there are no public rights of way! (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 and Red Kite 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 (Library photo)


March 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)