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The Marshfield Patch - Recent Reports


Red-flanked Bluetail | TBOSG






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