Marshfield Patch News
















MAY 2019




Thursday 2nd

At least three pairs of Bullfinch at Ringswell, a couple of Common Whitethroat and this evening a Hobby over the village! (John Barnett)


Friday 3rd

Today south of Bellum at the west end of the village; Four Common Whitethroat, two Willow Warbler and a pair of Lesser Whitethroat. (John Barnett)


Sunday 5th

Not strictly the 'Marshfield Patch' but worth inclusion here because of the proximity and rarity status! Three Dotterel, two males and a female, in Pea Fields on the north side of Drifton Hill, Wiltshire. (Pete Coslett)


♀ and ♂ Dotterel TBOSG



Dotterel miss, how close is that!

Monday 6th

Fourteen Common Buzzard, Red Kite, c.70 Lesser Black-backed and ten Herring Gull, four Yellow Wagtail, six Pied Wagtail and a Northern Wheatear following a tractor ploughing at the top of Down Road this afternoon. Also Kestrel, four Common Whitethroat, c.30 Yellowhammer, ten Corn Bunting and ten Skylark in the area. Additionally several House Martin at Ebbdown Farm and a Northern Wheatear on Rushmead Lane. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)


Pete Coslett


Tuesday 7th

A male Whinchat in the Down Road/ Track area and a Red Kite over Plough Farm. (Rob Laughton) Elsewhere, Grey Heron, c.25 Common Buzzard, Moorhen, several Lesser Black-backed Gulls, several Stock Dove, Little Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, two Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, eight Wheatear (mostly Greenland), Common Whitethroat, Long-tailed Tit, Skylark, Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer. (John Barnett)


♂ and ♀ Greenland Wheatears from Rushmead Lane | TBOSG


Sunday 12th

A few singing Common Whitethroat from Down Road this afternoon, also distant Red Kite. Lots of singing Skylark and a few Meadow Pipit from Tormarton Road. Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer from Northfield Lane plus six Stock Dove. (Pete Coslett, Barry Dursley


Wednesday 15th

A Peregrine over Down Road. (John Barnett)


Friday 17th

A Hobby over the A420 near Cold Ashton. (John Barnett)


Sunday 19th

Nuthatch family in Shire valley this afternoon with at least four juveniles also Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff and Bullfinch. Nearby a few Linnets from Down Road also three Corn Bunting, two Yellowhammer, ten Skylark, two Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, two Buzzard and three Raven. (Pete Coslett) Also a Little Owl was noted from Dunsdown Lane.


Tuesday 21st

35 Stock Dove from Down Road, good numbers of House Martin at Ebbdown Farm and in the village and 40 Linnet from Rushmead Lane. (John Barnett)


Thursday 23rd

From Down Road this morning, Common Buzzard, 10 Skylark, three Corn Bunting, several Yellowhammer, six Bullfinch (including four juveniles) Goldfinch, three Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, three Common Whitethroat and three Raven. (Pete Coslett)