Bird sightings from previous months from The Marshfield Patch
Combined reports: 30+ Fieldfare, Redwing, Pied and Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Linnet, Common Buzzard, 20 Common Gull, Robin, Blackbird, Starling, 20 Jackdaw and 40 Carrion Crow. Also seen, Woodcock in the Shire Valley, Merlin from Down Road and Little Grebe on Church's Pool.
Combined reports: Northfield and Rushmead Lanes. Two Common Buzzard, Merlin, c.180 Common Gull, 40 Skylark, three Pied Wagtail, seven Common Stonechat, Fieldfare, 40 Corn Bunting, 30 Yellowhammer, 60+ Chaffinch, 80 Linnet, 100 Starling, 200+ Corvid and four Raven.
Combined reports: Four Kestrel, seven Common Buzzard, Stock Dove, 80 Yellowhammers, 80 Corn Bunting, c.200 Linnet, c.400 mixed Corvids, ten Golden Plover, c.100 Fieldfare, c.100 Redwing, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Jack Snipe and two Mistle Thrush.
Eight Mallard on West Littleton Dam. Generally, several Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Common Pheasant, Black-headed, Common and Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Robin, several Common Stonechat, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Blue Tit, several hundred Corvid, c.1000 Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting.
A Mute Swan flew over Church's Pool, Continental Chaffinch amongst a group of c.120 Chaffinch on Down Road c.20 Yellowhammer, Continental Song Thrush seen in several places including Cloud Wood, Down Road and Rushmead Farm, a real influx Continental Blackbird with individuals in Cloud Wood and Rushmead Farm. Across the patch, 150+ Common Gull, four Black-headed Gull from Northfield Lane; Common Stonechat from Northfield Lane with two on Rushmead Farm, a slight increase in Fieldfare numbers and a Little Grebe on Church's Pool.
Common Teal on Dunsdown Pond, Siskin and c.20 Yellowhammer from Castle Farm and Copse, three Common Stonechat and Merlin from West Littleton Road and three Kestrel in the area. C.120 Chaffinch and c.120 Goldfinch near the village.
Fifty Skylark from Down Track, six Grey Heron and four Grey Wagtail in the Shire Valley and 30 Fieldfare from the Tormarton Road.
Greenfinch in the Withymead area, Marsh Tit, two Lesser Redpoll and 30 Redwing in the Marshfield Wood area, Marsh Tit, Mute Swan and five Mallard from Church's Pool, two Bullfinch from Cherry Wood, another Marsh Tit from Cloud Wood, Sparrowhawk a few Redwing and c.40 Fieldfare from the Ringswell area.
Dunsdown Lane area, two Reed Bunting, 200+ Linnet, c.50 Yellowhammer, Common Snipe, Jack Snipe and Mistle Thrush. Two Continental Song Thrush from Middledown Lane, c.120 Chaffinch from Castle Farm and c.80 Fieldfare from Northfield Lane.
Two Reed Bunting with c.30 Yellowhammer on West Littleton Down, Common Snipe and Marsh Tit in the Castle Farm Copse area from West Littleton Road, six Grey Heron, one on West Littleton Dam and a further five in the Shire Valley, two Mistle thrush, four Continental Song Thrush and c.60 Golden Plover over Shirehill Lane. Twelve Red-legged Partridge and c.100 Yellowhammer from Rushmead Farm.
Two Lesser Black-backed Gull from the Castle Farm area and two Common Stonechat from Middledown Lane. Barn Owl, Little Owl from the West Littleton Road area also Merlin and 20 Corn Bunting from Northfield Lane.
C.150 Redwing near Ringswell Dew Pond, Peregrine near Garston Farm, Little Egret at Church Pool along with Mistle Thrush and Little Grebe.
Rushmead Farm; c.200 Linnet, c.80 Yellowhammer, c.70 Corn Bunting and c.50 Skylark.
C.140 Fieldfare, six Continental Blackbird and c.100 Chaffinch in the Castle Farm Copse area. Moorhen and Grey Heron in the Shire Valley, c.60 Skylark and 30 Yellowhammer from Down Road, c.230 Linnet and c.70 Yellowhammer by the allotments on the Tormarton Road.
Two Kestrel and 'singing' Stock Dove noted. A small male Merlin from Middledown Lane with possibly up to three individuals noted across the patch, two Continental Blackbird and Common Stonechat from Wallsend Lane, c.130 Yellowhammer just north of West Littleton with c.20 Chaffinch and Reed Bunting plus 20 Yellowhammer on West Littleton Down.
Little Grebe, two Common Stonechat and Marsh Tit from Church's Pool with a further Marsh Tit in Cherry Wood. Three Mistle Thrush, 21 Golden Plover, c.130 Chaffinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker in the Ashwicke area and 44 Pied Wagtail in ploughed fields from Rushmead Lane.
A Common Stonechat from Northfield Lane, c.550 Linnet in two groups from Rushmead Farm and from Down Track, c.50 Skylark, c.120 Chaffinch, 20+ Yellowhammer and c.120 Fieldfare.
Church's Pool; Little Grebe, singing Song Thrush and ten Meadow Pipit. Marshfield Wood; Marsh Tit. Ashwicke area; c.100 Redwing and ten Goldfinch.
In the Shire Valley; Grey Heron, Siskin and Treecreeper singing, near the Allotments on the Tormarton Road, 50 Yellowhammer and 30 Corn Bunting from West Littleton Road, 80 Fieldfare and a few Redwing, from Northfield Lane 30 Yellowhammer. Common Stonechat noted from the Tormarton Road, Northfield Lane with two from West Littleton Road. A calling Tawny Owl overnight from Marshfield village.
Five Lapwing noted in flight over West Littleton, 25 Meadow Pipit and c.80 Redwing from Middledown Lane, c.150 Chaffinch/ Linnet/ Yellowhammer from Dunsdown Lane and a Greenfinch in the village.
Good numbers of thrush in the Ashwicke area including six Continental Blackbird, lots of Redwing and Fieldfare and a group of 25 Meadow Pipit.
Rushmead Farm: 600+ Skylark, c.250 Linnet, 30 Yellowhammer, 20 Chaffinch, Common Stonechat and 22 Golden Plover over. Down Track: 50 Skylark. Northfield Lane area: Common Stonechat, c.70 Yellowhammer, 25 Chaffinch and 30 Skylark.
A Little Grebe, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk and a couple of Mistle Thrushes at Church Pool and a male Blackcap in the garden.
A Jack Snipe and c.100 Fieldfare from Dunsdown Pool/ Lane, four Common Stonechat on West Littleton Down, singing Chaffinch and two Greenfinch in the village. In addition for the botanists out there, a patch of Winter Aconite in West Littleton churchyard. In 'Flowers of the Bristol Region' this was recorded at only two sites. Very rare this far west and a lovely sight on a gloomy day!
Rushmead Lane; c.40 Corn Bunting and two Common Stonechat. Shire Valley: Common Stonechat, c.60 Redwing and two Marsh Tit. Down Road; c.140 Skylark. Church Pool; Little Grebe, Mute Swan and five male Mallard. Larids were conspicuous by their absence!
40 Corn Bunting from Northfield Lane and another c.80 on Rough Ground at the junction of Tormarton Road and Rushmead Lane.
A Water Rail was heard calling several times in the marsh on Brookhouse Lane, also several Continental Blackbird, 50+ Lesser Black-backed and a couple of Herring Gull drifting east in a half hour period. In the village four (two pairs) Greenfinch and 30+ Goldfinch from Middledown Lane. A Peregrine from the Dunsdown Lane area plus 120+ Yellowhammer, c.40 Chaffinch, three Reed Bunting and 30 Redwing. c.90 Fieldfare from West Littleton Road.
A Little Grebe still present on Church's Pool, two Herring Gull on Garston Farm, c.60 Fieldfare/ Redwing and Marsh Tit around Ringswell, 25 Yellowhammer at Ashwicke and a Lesser Redpoll from Cherry Wood.
Two Common Stonechat and c.200 Linnet from Rushmead Farm, 40 Chaffinch on Rough Ground, five Greenfinch in the Village plus Marsh Tit and Bullfinch in the Ringswell Dew Pond area.
Two Lesser Black-backed Gull and three Common Stonechat from the Tormarton Road, Stock Dove singing in the Shire Valley and Song Thrush singing everywhere!
Sixty-two Golden Plover from West Littleton Down, at least 200 Yellowhammer and Chaffinch plus a Brambling from Dunsdown Lane, c.80 Chaffinch at Castle Farm and at least six Greenfinch in the Marshfield churchyard area.
Shire Valley; two Grey Heron, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper, several Continental Blackbird and c.50 Chaffinch/ Goldfinch. Tormarton Road; two Common Stonechat plus huge numbers of Jackdaw/ Rook with well over a thousand birds. Northfield Lane; 25 Chaffinch.
Rushmead Farm; Red Kite, two Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, at least 100 Fieldfare, a few Redwing, Common Stonechat, c.70 Chaffinch, over 300 Linnet, c.80 Yellowhammer, c.170 Corn Bunting and in excess of 2000 Corvids. From Rushmead Lane twelve Pied Wagtail and Continental Song Thrush. Around the Allotments; 40 Skylark, Yellowhammer and Kestrel.
Church's Pool: Little Grebe and two Mistle Thrush. Cloud Wood; Marsh Tit and 40 Redwing. Ringswell; several Greenfinch and a Bullfinch.
Four Lapwing over south-west of the village, at least ten Greenfinch in the village and around Ringswell, at least 40 Goldfinch and three Bullfinch.
From the Marshfield Riviera today; Down Track; Meadow Pipit and c.60 Skylark. Rushmead Farm; 80 Yellowhammer, two Common Stonechat, 50 Linnet, 70 Chaffinch and c.30 Corn Bunting with the various flocks.
28 Lapwing over West Littleton, two Greenfinch in the churchyard at Marshfield, Common Snipe from Dunsdown Lane. Also, the flock of finches/ buntings on Dunsdown lane has grown to over 250; mainly Yellowhammer c.150, Chaffinch c.80, three Reed Bunting and newly joined by c.20 Corn Bunting.
Church Pond; Little Grebe and two Greenfinch. Dunsdown Lane; c.120 Fieldfare, Yellowhammer/ Chaffinch/ Corn Bunting flock of c.250 still there. Castle Farm; 100+ Chaffinch and a few Yellowhammer. Rushmead Lane; 40 Corn Bunting and several singing Skylark.
Shire Valley; Three Grey Heron, two Mistle Thrush, 24 Meadow Pipit, Marsh Tit and Corn Bunting singing, back again this year. Two Common Stonechat from West Littleton Road.
Northfield Lane; five Lesser Black-backed Gulls over, c.80 Fieldfare and two Common Stonechat. Rushmead Farm; 45 Linnet with Skylark and Corn Bunting singing everywhere! There's been a marked dispersal in the last couple of days.
Little Grebe on Church Pond, Marsh Tit and 30 Redwing in Marshfield Wood including one singing. c.100 Redwing and six Mistle Thrush at Ashwicke. Raven and Common Buzzard in Cherry Wood and a Bullfinch singing at Ringswell. (John) In addition a Barn Owl was seen from a moving vehicle crossing west over the A46 near Marshfield Bakery.
West Littleton Road; two Common Stonechat and 28 Corn Bunting. Dunsdown Lane; 16 Yellowhammer, c.90 Chaffinch a few Corn Bunting, at least ten Fieldfare and 30 Redwing. Wallsend Lane; 43 Golden Plover, West Littleton Down; seven Lesser Black-backed, two Herring and an adult Yellow-legged Gull!
Shire Valley; 25 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and two Mistle Thrush. Down Road; two Red-legged Partridge, lots of singing Skylark and two Meadow Pipit. Tormarton Road; 55 Fieldfare.
South-west of Marshfield; Red-legged Partridge, several singing Song Thrush, 20 Redwing and several Greenfinch. Middledown Lane area; three Common Snipe, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull with a couple of Herring Gull, five Stock Dove, lots of Skylark and Corn Bunting singing plus Bullfinch. Castle Farm; c.100 Chaffinch/ Yellowhammer.
Shirehill Lane; c.150 Lesser Black-backed/ Herring Gull; roughly equal in number and nearly all adult plus two Common Stonechat. Rushmead Farm; two Common Stonechat, c.100 Chaffinch, Linnet c.400, c.100 Yellowhammer and c.50 Corn Bunting. Rushmead Lane; c.100 Linnet/ Corn Bunting.
Around forty species across the patch this morning; Grey Heron, several Mallard, five Canada Geese, several Common Buzzard, three Kestrel, Common Pheasant, Common, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Pied and Grey Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, three Mistle Thrush, Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, c.600 Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting.
Treecreeper | TBOSG
West Littleton Down; Red-legged Partridge and two Grey Heron. Shire Valley; Mistle Thrush and four Stock Dove singing. Tormarton Road; good numbers of singing Skylark and Corn Bunting.
Down Road; two Common Stonechat. Wallsend Lane; 18 Golden Plover.
Rushmead Lane; Ten Common Buzzards, 200+ Gulls - Black-headed (30), Herring, Common but mainly Lesser Black-backed and c.30 Pied Wagtail. A pair of Bullfinch were present at Ringswell.
Church Pond; Two Little Egret and Grey Heron. Cherry Wood; Five Common Buzzard, two Raven, two Mistle Thrush, three Canada Geese over and Bullfinch. West Littleton Pond; Five Canada Geese. Rushmead Lane; A conservative estimate of 800 gulls in field being ploughed; c.300 each of Herring and Lesser-black-backed with most of the rest Black-headed.
Brookhouse Lane; c.150 Fieldfare including a couple in sub-song plus 20 Redwing. Middledown Lane; Nine Stock Dove and Kestrel. Dunsdown Lane; c.120 Chaffinch/ Yellowhammer, Mistle Thrush and two Moorhen on Dunsdown Pond.
Shire Valley; Red Kite, c.150 Redwing, a number of Fieldfare and four Pied Wagtail.
Church Pond area; Two Grey Heron, Marsh Tit and Mistle Thrush. Garston Farm; 12 Meadow Pipit. Down Road; Over 1000 gulls a fairly even spread of Black-headed, Herring, Lesser Black-backed and Common. Rushmead Farm; Chaffinch/ Yellowhammer - a small flock of 20, c.130 Fieldfare, c.60 Redwing, c.120 Linnet, c.80 Corn Bunting. A Blackcap in sub-song in a village garden!
Wallsend Lane; c.70 Chaffinch/ Yellowhammer, 15 Golden Plover and Common Stonechat. Dunsdown Lane Pond: Still two Common Chiffchaff. West Littleton Dam; Five Canada Geese.
In the Shire Valley; A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was both seen and heard, also there two Mistle Thrush and two Grey Heron. Two Common Stonechat on Rushmead Farm.
Shire Valley; Two Grey Heron, four Mistle Thrush and two Common Snipe. Rushmead Lane; c.400 gulls, mainly Black-headed and two Common Stonechat. Stock Dove - definitely more around this year both singing and in flight. Fieldfare - a combined total of c.330 but only a few Redwing. Dunsdown Lane; Yellowhammer flock c.80 with a few Chaffinch with another flock of c.60 near Middledown Lane.
Church Pond; Five male Mallard. Ringswell area; 40 Redwing in trees in noisy sub-song and two Common Chiffchaff. Ashwicke; Six Common Buzzard, three Raven and Tawny Owl calling. West Littleton Dam; Five Canada Geese, five Mallard, Moorhen and Grey Heron. Mistle Thrush and Blackcap singing in our garden!
C.45 species noted across the patch today; Shire Valley; Red Kite and Little Egret. Northfield Lane; Linnet c.80. Tormarton Road; Fieldfare c.90. Church Pond; Common Chiffchaff and two Mistle Thrush. Also Grey Heron, two Mallard, Kestrel, Common Pheasant, Red-legged Partridge, Moorhen, Black-headed, Common, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Skylark. Meadow Pipit, two Grey and c.20 Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Redwing, Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit, Nuthatch, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting.
Little Egret and Red Kite | TBOSG
A patch first record in the form of an adult drake Wigeon on West Littleton Pond on the 10th.
Drake Wigeon | Martyn Hayes
West Littleton Dam; Drake Wigeon still present plus two Grey Heron and two Canada Geese. Wallsend Lane; Four Golden Plover. Castle Farm; c.50 Chaffinch with a few Yellowhammer. Rushmead Lane; 300+ Fieldfare and 25 Linnet.
Shire Valley; Little Egret, three Grey Heron, three Mistle Thrush, three Common Chiffchaff and two Green Woodpecker. Rushmead Lane; At least 400 Starling. Northfield Lane; Kestrel and c.50 Linnet.
Sunday 14th/ Monday 15th
Sunday; Marsh Tit in Cherry Wood and Common Chiffchaff at Ringswell. Monday; Two Canada Goose on West Littleton Dam, Merlin from the Tormarton Road, Red Kite, 380 Woodpigeon, c.60 Chaffinch, a few Yellowhammer and a female Brambling from Wallsend Lane.
The third ever Black Redstart, a female/ 1st winter, was seen well in and around Orchid Lane (off Rushmead Lane) today! Also of note: from Rushmead Farm, several Raven, Sparrowhawk and Red Kite with two Canada Geese still present on West Littleton Dam.
Black Redstart | TBOSG
Thursday 18th/ Friday 19th
Thursday: Little Egret on Church Pond. Friday: Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam also 20 Yellowhammer, Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush, 30 Redwing and Song Thrush. Shire Valley; 30 Linnet. c.200 Fieldfare from Rushmead Lane.
A singing Blackcap in a Marshfield garden. Cherry Wood and watch point; Five Common Buzzard, two Sparrowhawk, Raven, Marsh Tit, 40 Redwing and two Mistle Thrush. Rushmead Lane; Six Common Buzzard and Red Kite. West Littleton Dam; Five Canada Geese.
Rushmead Lane; Red Kite, c.100 Linnet and 25 Yellowhammer. C.70 Linnet from Northfield Lane. West Littleton Dam; five Canada Geese still. Across the patch; s few Meadow Pipit, two Common Chiffchaff, ≥ 100 Fieldfare and a few Redwing. Two Greenfinch on feeders in the village. Also the same or another Red Kite from Down Road.
Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam, Common Stonechat from Northfield Lane, a male Northern Wheatear (the first of the year) from Down Road, 40 Linnet on Rushmead Farm with a further 60 on Northfield Lane.
Northern Wheatear | Pete Coslett
Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam, Grey Heron and two Mistle Thrush in the Shire Valley, three Common Chiffchaff at Ringswell and twenty Yellowhammer from Down Road.
Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam, three Red-legged Partridge on West Littleton Down, at least one Common Chiffchaff in virtually every sheltered clump of bushes, four (two male and two female) Northern Wheatear on Rushmead Lane, c.120 Linnet and twenty Yellowhammer on Rushmead Farm and two Yellowhammer at Ringswell for the first time ever!
Red Kite seen from Rushmead Lane.
Female Merlin on Rushmead Lane along with three Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, at least a dozen Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, ten House Sparrow, at least ten Yellowhammer, 20+Linnet and ten Corn Bunting. Also noted was four Northern Wheatear and Swallow again from Rushmead Lane.
Corn Bunting | Pete Coslett
Northern Wheatear on Orchid Lane with another from Northfield Lane. Plenty of Skylark and Corn Bunting singing also 10+ Yellowhammer, three Meadow Pipit, 20 Linnet, 7+ Common Buzzard and Raven. Also reported, a Common Redstart from Orchid Lane.
Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam and two more on Small Pond in the Shire Valley. Also in the Shire Valley, Swallow, three Green Woodpecker, four Mistle Thrush, lots of Common Chiffchaff, several Blackcap and Grey Heron.
New for the year, two Willow Warbler at Ringswell this morning!
Nuthatch, four Chaffinch, two Common Chiffchaff, three Grey Wagtail, Raven, Goldcrest, two Common Stonechat, Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker in the Shire Valley.
Saturday 3rd/ Sunday 4th
Saturday: Three Grey Heron and two Canada Goose at West Littleton Dam, two Swallow at Ringswell Dew Pond. Sunday: Two Common Scoter over Marshfield village at 22:10.
Three Grey Heron in the Shire Valley, also several Blackcap and Common Chiffchaff. Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam, c.120 Linnet and Swallow from Northfield Lane and two Swallow at Ringswell Dew Pond.
A Willow Warbler at Ringswell and four Blackcap south of village.
Shire Valley: Three Grey Heron, three Mallard, seven Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, three Common Buzzard, two Green and three Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Meadow Pipit, Grey and Pied Wagtail, two Swallow, Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit, three Nuthatch, six Fieldfare and two Raven. West Littleton Dam: Coot, Moorhen, two Grey Heron five Canada Geese and Reed Bunting. Rushmead Lane: Northern Wheatear and 35 Linnet.
Three Northern Wheatear around Rushmead Lane paddocks, Willow Warbler in the Shire Valley, Coot still and two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam.
Combined reports; Eight Mistle Thrush and three Grey Heron in the Shire Valley and four Canada Geese at West Littleton Dam. Two Willow Warbler, two Blackcap, Bullfinch, Common Chiffchaff, two Coal Tit, 20 Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail and two Jay from Ringswell.
Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam, Tawny Owl calling from Cherry Wood, a male Common Redstart in a hedgerow near Ashwicke and three Northern Wheatear on Rushmead Lane paddocks.
Combined reports: Rushmead Lane; Three Northern Wheatear. Shire Valley; Two Mallard, Grey Heron, three Common Buzzard, three Green and two Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Raven, two Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, three Nuthatch, two Treecreeper, two Mistle Thrush, Northern Wheatear, two Grey and two Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.
Combined reports: Eight Common Buzzard, Red Kite, twelve Herring Gull,18 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Skylark, four Yellow Wagtail, at least four White Wagtail, eleven Pied Wagtail, Northern Wheatear, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and three Raven from Down Road. At least two Northern Wheatear from Rushmead Lane horse paddocks.
Northern Wheatear - TBOSG, Yellow Wagtail - Pete Coslett
Combined reports: Four Yellow Wagtail still on Down Road also five Common Buzzard, Skylark, a few White Wagtail amongst twelve Pied Wagtail, two Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Jay and two Raven. Two Canada Geese on West Littleton Dam, two Northern Wheatear at West Littleton and Garston Farm, male Blackcap in the village, two Willow Warbler at Ringswell, 40 Linnet from Northfield Lane and 25 Yellowhammer Rushmead Farm.
Shire Valley; Swallow, two Grey Heron, seven Mistle Thrush and Kestrel. Northern Wheatear from Rushmead Lane paddocks and two Canada Geese on Church's Pond.
Ringswell; Two Willow Warbler and 30 Fieldfare. Ashwicke area; Four Mistle Thrush, Tawny Owl and Red-legged Partridge. Rushmead Lane; The first Tree Pipit of the year over the horse paddocks, calling. Northfield Lane; Northern Wheatear and 15 Yellowhammer.
Church's Pond; Little Egret, two Canada Geese and Mistle Thrush. Ringswell Dew Pond; Two Grey Heron, Mallard with six ducklings and Willow Warbler. Cherry Wood; Red Kite. Shire Valley; Four Mistle Thrush singing, also Willow Warbler, two Fieldfare and a Lesser Redpoll over. Ashwicke; 70 Fieldfare and two Mistle Thrush.
Two Canada Geese on Church's Pond and one on Cherry Wood Pond, c.50 Fieldfare at Ashwicke, Marsh Tit at Cherry Wood, Willow Warbler at Ringswell plus a few Swallow and an increase in Jay numbers.
A great day on the patch! West Littleton Dam; Greenshank, Little Egret, Little Owl and two Canada Geese. Shire Valley; Two Canada Geese, three Grey Heron, Fieldfare and five Mistle Thrush. Middledown Lane; Red Kite and Oystercatcher over. West Littleton Road; Little Owl and Red Kite. Also three Common Whitethroat (two Northfield Lane, one Rushmead Lane) Northern Wheatear from Orchid Lane plus several Swallow and good numbers of Goldfinch. NB: The Greenshank and Oystercatcher seen today are the first to be recorded on the patch far at least fifteen (15) years!
Between Westend Town and Middledown Road; Sparrowhawk, four Lesser Black-backed Gull, five Stock Dove, Pied Wagtail, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, brief views of a female Ring Ouzel at 15:00, Marsh Tit, House Sparrow, Yellowhammer and two Raven.
Common Whitethroat from Brookhouse Lane, a few Swallow around, Sparrowhawk from West Littleton Road and House Martin, the first of the year, over Withymead!
Of note across the patch today; Little Egret, Mallard, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Merlin, Red-legged Partridge, two Lesser Black-backed and one Herring Gull, Skylark, Swallow, Yellow, Pied and Grey Wagtail, two Northern Wheatear, Chaffinch and Yellowhammer.
Chaffinch and Yellowhammer | TBOSG
Combined reports: Down Road: Three Common Buzzard, two Stock Dove, Skylark, Yellow Wagtail, two Pied Wagtail, Common Whitethroat, Corn Bunting, six Yellowhammer, Linnet and two Raven. Sparrowhawk from West Littleton Road, Little Egret on West Littleton Dam, two Northern Wheatear (one possibly Greenland) and 30 Fieldfare on West Littleton Down, two Canada Geese and two
Corn Bunting in the Shire Valley, Swallows now back at most of the farms, four House Martin at Ebbdown Farm and three Common Whitethroat on Rough Ground, Rushmead Lane.
Combined reports: Southern section; A female Ring Ouzel near Pixtonsgreen, Mallard with five ducklings on Cherry Wood Pond, Red-legged Partridge, Common Swift and a steady passage of Swallow in the Ashwicke area, fifty (50) Fieldfare still south of the village, Willow Warbler near Motcombe Farm and two Canada Geese on Church Pond. Northern section - Shire Valley: Two Grey Heron, two male Mallard, two Canada Geese, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, a few Swallow, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff and two Nuthatch. A Tree Pipit and Northern Wheatear from Rushmead Lane and thirty-five (35) Fieldfare on West Littleton Down.
Northfield Lane: 30 Linnet and several singing Corn Bunting. Rushmead Lane: Northern Wheatear. Tormarton Road: Yellow Wagtail. Shire Valley: Spotted Flycatcher, the first of the year, around Lower Shire Farm, two Canada Geese on the 2nd pond and a few Swallow.
Yellowhammer | TBOSG
30 Swallow, four Common Swift and two House Martin over fields around Middledown Lane and two Northern Wheatear from Down Road.
Shire Valley this morning: Two Common Buzzard, Raven, Treecreeper, two Nuthatch, Spotted Flycatcher, two Grey Wagtail and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Two Little Egret on Broadmead Brook from Shirehill Bridge. 40 Swallow and 20 House Martin at Ringswell.
Little Egret | Pete Coslett
A Red Kite at Ashwicke, six House Martin in the village, Willow Warbler near Ayford Lane along with a few Common Whitethroat and Marsh Tit from Cherry Wood.
Shire Valley; Little Egret, two Canada Geese and three singing Mistle Thrush. Good numbers of Common Whitethroat around West Littleton. Two Canada Geese, two Grey Heron and two Grey Wagtail on Church's Pool.
Reported from the patch today; Four Stock Dove, three Common Buzzard, c.60 Skylark, five Swallow, four Common Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, four Pied Wagtail, two Chaffinch, three Greenfinch, Linnet, ten Goldfinch, Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer.
Fourteen Swallow on Rushmead Farm. Northern Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail and 20 Linnet from Rushmead Lane. Good numbers of Common Whitethroat around generally. A Sedge Warbler heard from Shirehill Lane.
Sedge Warbler | TBOSG
C.40 House Martin, c.40 Swallow and two Swift over the sewage works at Ringswell. Willow Warbler singing near Ashwicke and a Spotted Flycatcher and Bullfinch at Pixtonsgreen.
Shire Valley: Grey Heron, a pair of Mallard with two ducklings, five Common Buzzard, Moorhen, three Stock Dove, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, four Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, three Mistle Thrush, two Nuthatch, Treecreeper and four Raven. A Garden Warbler singing and showing quite well by Dunsdown Lane Pool and s good number of Common Whitethroat from Wallsend Lane.
Shire Valley: Little Egret, three Grey Heron and three Spotted Flycatcher. Northern Wheatear on West Littleton and Down Road.
Four Stock Dove, two Collared Dove, Moorhen, two Common Buzzard, four Raven, Common Chiffchaff, five Blackcap, Mistle Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, Grey Wagtail, seven Chaffinch and five Goldfinch.
Shire Valley: Two Grey Heron, several Mallard, several Common Buzzard, Kestrel, two Herring Gulls, several Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, several Common Swift, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, Grey and Pied Wagtail, two Song Thrush, two Mistle Thrush, several Blackcap, two Common Chiffchaff, two Spotted Flycatcher, Jay, several Raven and several Chaffinch. Down Road: Two Northern Wheatear, Skylark and Yellowhammer.
Spotted Flycatcher | TBOSG
Combined reports; In the Shire Valley; Spotted Flycatcher, Corn Bunting, Mistle Thrush, Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Swift, Swallow, House Martin and Common Buzzard. Rushmead Farm; Yellow Wagtail, Northern Wheatear and a flock of c.50 Linnet. Rushmead Lane; Peregrine. West Littleton Dam; Spotted Flycatcher.
Cherry Wood; Spotted Flycatcher and three Marsh Tit. Rushmead Lane; 25 Stock Dove and 14 Swift.
Shire Valley; Two male Mallard, two Canada Geese, Common Buzzard, several Swift, three Great Spotted Woodpecker, several Swallow and House Martin, Grey Wagtail, several Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, up to four Spotted Flycatcher, Nuthatch and several pairs of Chaffinch. Elsewhere, Northern Wheatear from Rushmead Lane.
Canada Geese, Mallard and Spotted Flycatcher | TBOSG
Shire Valley; Three Spotted Flycatcher, three Grey Heron, two Canada Geese, Mallard, four Common Buzzard, two Stock Dove, Green and three Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Grey and two Pied Wagtail, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Common Chiffchaff, two Song and three Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and five Raven. Nearby a Northern Wheatear from Down Road.
A Red Kite was watched on Rushmead Farm.
A Red Kite was reported in flight over Castle Farm.
A Quail, the first of the year, was audible in fields on the south side of Shirehill Lane late afternoon from ST: 795 759.
John Barnett, Peter Bryant, Karle Burford, Pete Coslett, Richard Harding, Martyn Hayes, Annie & Nick Hawkridge, Nigel Kempson, Rob Laughton, Paul Sawyer, Martin Smith, Chris Teague.