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2018:

EARLIEST: One was audible from Shirehill Lane, Marshfield mid-July. LATEST: . HIGHEST COUNT:

 

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2017:

A satisfying sixty-six (66) bird days were logged this year - all from the Marshfield stronghold! May - Two (2), June - thirty-one (31) July - twenty-two (22) and August - eleven (11). EARLIEST: One was heard calling from Down Road, Marshfield on May 27th. LATEST: One audible from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on August 31st. HIGHEST COUNT: An impressive seven (7) were 'flushed' in one group from fields on Rushmead Farm, Marshfield on August 18th.

 

2016:

Just thirteen calling birds were reported this year. Four in May at Marshfield (3) and Chipping Sodbury Common (1), one in June at Marshfield and eight in July at Marshfield (7) and Chipping Sodbury Common (1). EARLIEST: One was heard calling from fields just north and east of Rushmead Farm, Marshfield on May 29th. LATEST: Three in the Down Road/ Down Track area at Marshfield on July 31st.. HIGHEST COUNT: Three in the Down Road/ Down Track area at Marshfield on July 31st.

 

2015:

A meagre seven bird days logged this year all from the Marshfield area. EARLIEST: One was heard calling from the 'set aside' on the west side of Down Road, Marshfield on June 21st. LATEST: One was heard calling from in fields from Tormarton Road, Marshfield at 17:30 on July 10th. HIGHEST COUNT: One on all dates.

 

2014:

A poor showing this year with four bird days recorded one from Filton in May and three from the Marshfield area in July. EARLIEST: One was heard calling from the long grass on the perimeter of Filton Airfield from Fishpool Hill, Brentry on May 27th. LATEST: One was heard calling on the south side of Shirehill Lane in the evening on July 17th. HIGHEST COUNT: One on all dates.

 

2013:

Just fifteen bird days logged this year with birds noted from Rushmead Farm on all dates. June (11) was the best month. EARLIEST: One was heard calling several times in Charlock just south of Rushmead Farm, Marshfield on June 11th. LATEST: One was heard east of Rushmead Farm, Marshfield on July 13th. HIGHEST COUNT: Four were heard east of Rushmead Farm, Marshfield on June 15th.

 

2012:

Just twenty bird days logged this year all from the Marshfield stronghold with July (9) the best month. EARLIEST: One was heard in the evening from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on June 4th. LATEST: Three were disturbed between Northfield/ and Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on September 1st. HIGHEST COUNT: Three were counted between Northfield/ Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on September 1st.

 

2011:

Thirty-eight bird days logged this year all from the Marshfield stronghold with July (22) the best month. EARLIEST: One was heard calling from Shirehill Lane at Marshfield on May 14th. LATEST: Several were heard from both Down Road and Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on August 5th. HIGHEST COUNT: Up to four were heard from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on July 18th.

 

2010:

Thirty-three bird days logged this year all from the Marshfield stronghold with July (20) as the best month. EARLIEST: One was heard calling at 20:30 from Middledown Road, Marshfield on June 2nd. LATEST: Three were noted from Shirehill Lane, Marshfield on October 18th. HIGHEST COUNT: Four were counted from Down Road, Marshfield on July 16th.

 

2009:

Thirty-four bird days logged this year all from the Marshfield stronghold with July (14) the best month followed by June (12). EARLIEST: At least two were noted from Middledown Road, Marshfield on May 25th. LATEST: One was still present from Middledown Road, Marshfield on August 9th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three were heard from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on June 5th.

 

2008:

Sixty-five bird days were logged this year all from the Marshfield stronghold with July being the best month (20). EARLIEST: One was heard from Rushmead Farm, Marshfield at 09:30 on May 18th. LATEST: Two were flushed from Down Road, Marshfield on December 11th. HIGHEST COUNT: Four were disturbed from Down Road, Marshfield at around 09:00 on October 4th.

 

2007:

MARSHFIELD: JUNE: Three were hear calling in the Marshfield area on the 22nd. JULY:  Two were heard from Down Road, Marshfield on the 11th with at least one still present in the same area on the 12th; One was heard calling from Tormarton Road, Marshfield between 14:00 and 15:00 on the 19th. AUGUST: Two were present at Rushmead Farm, Marshfield on the 5th.

 

2006:

MARSHFIELD: JUNE: Up to six calling birds were heard from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield in the evening on the 30th. AUGUST: One was heard in the Marshfield area on the 7th.SEVERN BEACH: JULY: A bird was flushed at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach in the morning on the 16th.

 

2004:

MARSHFIELD: JUNE: One at Tormarton on the 1st. JULY: One reported from West Littleton Down on the 6th and 29th. From the 'Marshfield Area'; Four on the 23rd, two on the 28th and fourteen on the 31st. AUGUST: From the 'Marshfield Area'; Three on the 3rd, four on the 5th, three on the 6th and three on the 12th.

 

2003:

Two were heard calling from cereal fields near Horton on the 13th June.

 

2002:

Three were noted on the 8th June in the Marshfield area with a further two on the 20th June on of which was still present on the 25th June.

 

2001:

One male was heard calling near Marshfield on the 13th June; One was heard calling on the 23rd June at West Littleton Down; Two were heard calling on the 25th June and one on the 30th July at West Littleton Down.

 

2000:

One was flushed from a field at West Littleton Down on the 15th May; Two were heard on the 19th and 20th June  and three were noted on the 25th June at Bodkin Hazel Wood near Horton.

 

1999:

In the Marshfield and West Littleton area a calling male were first noted on the 30th May; One was reported in the same area on the 16th June and another on the 23rd June; Two males were heard calling at the same site on the 7th and 8th July.

 

1998:

In the Marshfield and West Littleton area calling males were first noted on the 8th June just north of Marshfield, subsequently reported on seven dates up to August 7th with a maximum of three birds on five different occasions; A single bird was flushed on the 16th June and one heard on the 25th June at Beek's Lane near Marshfield; Two were seen in flight on the 3rd July and three ere heard calling on the 10th August near West Littleton; Five were heard calling from a wheat field near Horton on the 15th June.

 

1997:

In the Marshfield and West Littleton area calling males were first noted on the 30th May with six territories from West Littleton and seven from Marshfield. In the Marshfield area at least five birds were seen in a recently cut field on the evening of the 20th August and four were still calling from an uncut field on the 22nd August; A male was heard calling at Rockhampton on the 30th May; Two males were heard calling near the A46 at Horton.

 

1996:

One was heard at West Littleton Down on the 8th May; Two were calling from Grickstone Farm near Little Sodbury during the summer.

 

1995:

Males were heard calling in the Marshfield area on the 23rd and 31st May; In the West Littleton and Marshfield area there were up to twelve male holding territory during Jun and July; At West Littleton Farm a reported sixteen birds were present, including a pair with three young on August 7th and nine were flushed at the same site on September the 8th during harvesting; At Grickstone Farm near Horton five males were heard calling on the 19th June and three male and a female were heard at the same site on the 28th June.

 

1994:

A male was heard calling in the Marshfield area on the 19th and 20th May; A probable migrant was near Pucklechurch on the 20th May; There were up to ten males holding territory in the West Littleton and Marshfield areas during June and July; A male was heard calling near the A46 at Horton on the 29th June.

 

1993:

One was heard calling on the 17th July at West Littleton; One was heard calling on the 16th and 28th July in the Marshfield area.

 

1992:

Two were heard calling at West Littleton Down on the 18th May and the 2nd August; Two were noted at Horton on the 25th May; One was noted at Hawkesbury Upton on the 12th June; Up to three males were heard calling in the Marshfield area between the 21st June and the 28th July.

 

1991:

One was flushed from the edge of a Barley field on the 29th June near Old Sodbury; A male was heard calling in the Marshfield area on the 22nd July.

 

1990:

Around eleven males were heard calling in the area from Marshfield to West Littleton from June the 15th until July 22nd.; A calling male was heard near Horton on the 13th June; And a calling male was heard at Hawkesbury on the 18th July.

 

1989:

Up to twenty-five males were heard calling in the Marshfield area between the 27th May and the 4th August with at least ten sightings.

 

1988:

Several males were heard calling in the Marshfield area on the 11th and 17th July.

 

1987:

One was heard calling at West Littleton Down on the 24th May; Several were heard calling near Marshfield on the 22nd and 28th June; Eight were heard calling in the Marshfield area on the 3rd and 10th July with seven on the 13th July. It was considered that the July totals represented twelve to fourteen territories.

 

1986:

Single birds were heard calling in the Tormarton area on the 12th and 20th July.

 

1983:

Two or three males were heard calling on four occasions between the 22nd June and the 21st July in the Marshfield area.

 

1980:

Up to seven were calling in the Marshfield area sometime in August.

 

1979:

Up to eleven birds were heard and one was seen in the  Marshfield area sometime in July.

 

1977:

Breeding season reports of several birds calling in the Marshfield area.

 

1976:

Up to five males were heard calling at Marshfield between the 14th - 22nd July.

 

1975:

One was heard near Tormarton and up to eight were heard near Marshfield during the breeding season.

 

1974:

One or two were heard calling in the Marshfield area on the 3rd June.

 

1973:

A single male was heard calling on the 4th July in the Marshfield area.

 

1972:

Several heard in the Marshfield/ Tormarton area in June and July.

 

1971:

Three or four were reported from the Marshfield area on the 13th June and the 20th July.

 

1970:

Twenty-seven were heard calling in the Marshfield/ Tormarton area in June; And eight were heard calling at Marshfield on the 16th July.

 

1969:

Reported from the Tormarton/ Marshfield/ Toghill area; where one or two were heard calling from the 26th - 28th June.

 

1968:

Reported from the Marshfield area; Calling males were noted on June 16th and July 25th.

 

1967:

Reported from the Marshfield area; Males were heard calling on the 5th July but no numbers available.

 

1966:

Reported from the Marshfield area; One on June 28th with a further two on the 3rd July.

 

1965:

Reported from the Marshfield area; One heard calling on July 14th.

 

1964:

Two were heard calling in the Marshfield area on June 24th; One in the same area on July 23rd and one seen on July 24th.

 

1963:

One heard calling from the Marshfield area on June 8th with at least three calling from the same place on August 6th.

 

1962:

At least three calling males in the Marshfield area on the 12th June with a further two on the 29th June.

 

1961:

Reported from the Marshfield area: One was heard calling on June 15th and this, or another was heard on June 21st.

 

1960:

One was heard calling in oat crop at Hawkesbury Upton on May 22nd; In the Marshfield area: nest and eggs were found during mowing operations in June; One was heard and seen on June 18th; And two were seen together flying low over corn crop, July 10th.

 

1959:

One was heard calling near Marshfield on July 2nd.

 

1958:

Two birds were heard calling near Marshfield on June 12th.

 

1956:

Single birds were seen or heard near Marshfield on July 22nd, 25th and 31st.

 

1953:

One was heard, and subsequently flushed from a grass crop at Little Stoke on June 29th; Half a dozen or more calling birds were located on the outskirts of Marshfield in the first three weeks of July and calling was heard in various widely separated fields on several occasions from the 3rd - 19th July.

 

1952:

Calling was heard near Dyrham on various occasions between June 26th and July 20th, and a bird was flushed on August 25th, but no direct evidence of breeding; One was seen in stubble field near Aust on August 17th.

 

1951:

A bird was heard calling from a bean field near Aust on August 5th.

 

1950:

Two were reported from the Wick area in early August.

 

1949:

Heard and seen at Pucklechurch in the last week in May; Calling was heard, and a pair put up near Marshfield on June 19th.

 

1947:

Several were reported from the Dyrham area in late July.

 

1945:

A bird was calling daily in a wheat crop at Little Stoke Farm near Stoke Gifford, from May 30th to June 5th. It was not heard subsequently.

 

1944:

Reported from several widely separated localities. In S. Gloucestershire calling was heard at Dyrham and Pucklechurch on a number of dates from late May to the third week of July, and in the Marshfield and Cold Ashton area on various occasions in June, while a pair was found breeding at Stoke Gifford in August. The presence of birds at the latter place was not detected until the characteristic call was heard on the unusually late date of August 14th breeding being confirmed on the 16th August when two adults and five or six halt-fledged young were seen in a thin oat crop. Calling continued until the 18th August or later.

 

1943:

The "whit-whi-whit" call was noted on two occasions on the north side of Marshfield in June; And a bird being heard in a clover crop at Downthorns Farm on the 17th June.

 

1942:

On June 14th the characteristic "whit-whi-whit" call (emphasis on first and last syllables) was heard, apparently from two birds, in fields between Patchway Common and Savage's Wood. One calling in the same place on the 15th June was stalked and finally flushed from long mowing grass. There was no subsequent evidence to show that a pair remained to breed; On December 28th an extraordinary occurrence is that of a bevy of seven, reported as seen by two observers, at Elberton. The birds, described as being like small sandy-brown Partridges with similar flight, were disturbed at close quarters from the outskirts of a recently planted cornfield, and on alighting some seventy yards out were at once, despite the lack of cover, quite impossible to see. 'When approached later from two directions simultaneously, they again got up and, flying low, disappeared over an adjoining hedgerow. The failure of these birds to migrate may perhaps be attributed to the abnormally mild weather from September onwards.

 

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