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The Marshfield patch dairy


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Tuesday 1st

50 species recorded today! A Barn Owl over the A420 west of Marshfield. West Littleton Dam, Nine Mallard on West Littleton Dam. Four Grey Heron, 25 Golden Plover, c.250 Fieldfare and three Mistle Thrush in the Shire Valley, C.60 Corn Bunting on Rushmead Farm and nearby Merlin and c.100 Lapwing over Rushmead Lane. C.50 Fieldfare on Northfield Lane. A pair of Common Stonechat from West Littleton Road and around Garston Farm Air Strip: c.100 Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting and c.60 Linnet.


Also; Red-legged Partridge, Common Pheasant, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Black-headed and Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, House Sparrow, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Yellowhammer.


Wednesday 2nd

Combined reports; Barn Owl, c.200 Corn Bunting, 50 Yellowhammer, three Raven, c.200 Common Gull, Stock Dove, c. 300 Linnet, two Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, three Common Buzzard, 30 Golden Plover, 50 Lapwing, seven Skylark, 50 Starling, c.300 Fieldfare with a few Redwing, Common Stonechat, three Pied Wagtail and c.35 Meadow Pipit.


Dan White


Thursday 3rd

A Common Snipe at West Littleton Dam and at Ringswell, Water Rail at the sewage works (the first ever here) plus Bullfinch and Moorhen. Grey Wagtail and a pair of Mallard in the Shire Valley.


Friday 4th

C.300 Common Gull, four Yellowhammer, two Common Stonechat, four Common Buzzard and c.200 Fieldfare/ Redwing.


Saturday 5th

Of note, 68 Lapwing, 100 Common Gull, Common Buzzard, c.150 Linnet and Raven from Down Road. Three Common Buzzard and three Raven from Rushmead Lane.


Sunday 6th

A Little Egret to the west of Shirehill Bridge, In the Shire Valley, two Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Mistle Thrush, 12 Raven, two Bullfinch and lots of Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tit in a 50+ flock.


Thursday 10th

At least one Brambling with Chaffinch in Withymead Car Park, Marshfield throughout the day.


Tuesday 15th

Rushmead Lane: 150 Corn Bunting, 70 Lapwing, two Golden Plover, 12 Stock Dove and a pair of Common Stonechat.


Thursday 17th

A Woodcock in woods near Motcoombe Farm, two Herring Gull from West End Lane, c.150 Redwing and c.180 Fieldfare around the area, a few Meadow Pipit and Common Stonechat around West Littleton Road.


Saturday 19th

Tawny Owl calling near Withymead Road in the evening.


Sunday 20th

Reported today; Three Grey Heron, three Common Buzzard, c.100 Lapwing, eight Black-headed Gull, c.130 Common Gull, nine Herring Gull, four Lesser-black-backed Gull, female Kestrel, three Raven, 35 Skylark, 70 Starling, c.200 Fieldfare, c.20 Redwing, Song Thrush, 30 Pied Wagtail, 30 Meadow Pipit, c.50 Goldfinch, c.60 Corn Bunting and c.50 Yellowhammer. At least one Brambling amongst a hundred+ Chaffinch at Withymead playing fields this afternoon.

Pete Coslett


Monday 21st

C.180 Lapwing over Rushmead Lane.


Tuesday 22nd

Rushmead Farm; Two Common Stonechat, Merlin, c.100 Corn Bunting, c.250 Fieldfare and Grey Heron. Down Track; Several Continental Song Thrush and Continental Blackbirds plus Sparrowhawk. South of the village; Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, two Bullfinch, c.190 Fieldfare and many Skylark. Very few Redwing... anywhere!


Friday 25th

Shire Valley: Grey Heron, two Marsh Tit, singing Mistle Thrush, several singing Treecreeper plus Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. Two Jack Snipe at Dunsdown Pool, West Littleton... our highest count for the patch!


Monday 28th

One Jack Snipe on Dunsdown Pool and six Mallard (four ♂ two ♀) on West Littleton Dam. At Ringswell, ten Pied Wagtail, two Grey Wagtail and two Common Chiffchaff at the Water Works plus 20 Chaffinch at Withymead Playing Fields. C.300 Fieldfare in fields on the south side of Shirehill Lane with a further c.200 from Rushmead Lane. Also from Rushmead Lane c.1000 Common Gull.


In addition around the patch; Common Buzzard, Black-headed, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gull, Barn Owl, Green and (2) Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Redwing, Long-tailed, Great, Blue and Coal Tit.


One of two wintering Common Chiffchaff at Ringswell Water Works. Both birds showing yellow tones indicative of Phylloscopus collybita. | TBOSG


Wednesday 30th

Still two wintering Common Chiffchaff at Ringswell Water Works along with five Pied Wagtail and Sparrowhawk also plenty of finches, Thrush and Tits in the area. Common Stonechat and a further five Pied Wagtail from Northfield Lane.





Sunday 3rd

Reported today around the lanes this afternoon; Very quiet bird wise, two Common Buzzard, Kestrel, ten Common Gull, a few Fieldfare, at least six Continental Blackbird and two Raven.


Thursday 7th

A blustery and wet patch; Six Golden Plover, two Common Buzzard, Common Stonechat, six Pied Wagtail, 13 Skylark, six Redwing, 40 Fieldfare, 53 Corn Bunting, three Yellowhammer, 23 Linnet, Reed Bunting and c.100 Chaffinch.


Saturday 9th

At least one Brambling with the Chaffinch flock in Withymead playing field trees and nearby gardens this afternoon, also Marsh Tit.


Denise Whittle.


Sunday 10th

At least one Brambling still present with the Chaffinch in Withymead playing field trees this morning.


Monday 11th

Brambling still present and feeding well with Chaffinch in Withymead playing fields today.


Tuesday 12th

Red Kite, 100+ Fieldfare and Grey Heron in the Shire Valley, Common Snipe by Dunsdown Pond, 40 Pied Wagtail, 20 Yellowhammer, 20 Meadow Pipit and Common Stonechat from West Littleton Road and Greenfinch by Ringswell Dew Pond.


Saturday 16th

Down Road area; Two Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 30 Stock Dove, c.100 Woodpigeon, two Little Owl, a few singing Skylark, Common Chiffchaff, 40 Fieldfare, 40 Linnet, c.200 Starling, three Raven and two Brown Hare.


Thursday 21st

Two Grey Heron, +200 Fieldfare in the Shire Valley also Kestrel and two Common Stonechat from Rushmead Lane.


Sunday 24th

Quiet on the patch today; Two Common Buzzard, Kestrel, two Little Owl, 25 Stock Dove, c.200 Linnet, a few Skylark and Yellowhammer plus three Raven.


Monday 25th

Singing Common Chiffchaff, Grey Heron and a Small Tortoiseshell at Ringswell.


Tuesday 26th

Four Lapwing  and lots of singing Skylark from the Down Road/ Track area. a Merlin from Shirehill Lane, fifteen Meadow Pipit from 5 Northfield Lane and 100+ Corn Bunting from the Rushmead Farm area.



MARCH 2019


Saturday 2nd

Bit windy for much at Marshfield this afternoon but 58 Golden Plover off Tormarton Road was a nice find.


Pete Coslett


Thursday 7th

This morning in the Shire Valley; two pairs of Grey Wagtail, a pair of Mistle Thrush, five Grey Heron and Common Chiffchaff.


Friday 8th

A Little Grebe was present on West Littleton Dam.


Sunday 10th

A wet and windy Marshfield this afternoon; Ten Stock Dove, two Common Stonechat,13 Corn Bunting and Common Buzzard from Down Road. Another 80 Stock Dove from the Tormarton Road.


Monday 11th

This morning; Goshawk over the village and then drifted south. Northfield Lane; c.30 Yellowhammer and two Stock Dove. Rushmead Lane; Peregrine and two Brown Hare. Shire Valley; Four Grey Wagtail, two Mistle Thrush and four Grey Heron. Rushmead Farm; c.100 Linnet. General; several Raven, a few Fieldfare and lots of Skylark singing.


Wednesday 13th

One Jack Snipe on show around the edge of Dunsdown Pool this morning.


Thursday 14th

This morning, lots of singing Skylark and Corn Buntings which seem to be establishing territories also a Little Grebe still on West Littleton Dam.


Wednesday 20th

Two Little Owls on show at dusk.


Friday 22nd

One Little Owl at dusk.


Sunday 24th

Lots of Skylark (20+) from Down Road this morning, also 40 Linnet, three Corn Bunting on territory, three Common Buzzard, Kestrel and Raven. Two Northern Wheatear (the first of the year) from Orchid Lane.


Pete Coslett


Monday 25th

Three Northern Wheatear just behind the horse field on Rushmead Lane. Greenfinch by the mill in the Shire Valley plus six Grey Heron there. South of the village, Greenfinch near Ringswell Dew Pond also of note at least 15 Song Thrush singing in a 3 km area south-west to south-east of the village.


Tuesday 26th

Combined reports from the patch today; Two Raven, five Common Buzzard, lots of singing Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Skylark, Golden Plover in fields from the West Littleton Road, two Northern Wheatear from Northfield Lane, several Meadow Pipit and c.60 Corn Bunting. Greenfinch around the village market square, singing Blackcap south of the village plus two Redwing, two Fieldfare and a Red Kite and Little Owl from several locations.


Thursday 28th

Quick walk along Northfield Lane this morning. Lots of singing Skylark 30+, at least 20 Corn Bunting, ten Yellowhammer, 40-50 Meadow Pipit (mostly by Rushmead Barn) Linnet, Goldfinch, eight Pied Wagtail, Common Buzzard and Raven.


Sunday 31st

Two Swallow over Shire Bridge this afternoon also Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, three Nuthatch, two Common Chiffchaff and two Common Buzzard. Twenty-two Stock Dove from Down Road and two Sand Martin north over West Littleton Down.



APRIL 2019


Monday 1st

Combined reports today: Greenfinch in several areas in the village. Little Owl from West Littleton Road and eight Golden Plover on West Littleton Down. Blackcap and Common Chiffchaff singing in the Shire Valley, also three Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush and a few Fieldfare. Northern Wheatear on Northfield Lane also 30+ Yellowhammer, 30+ Skylark, ten Corn Bunting, two Pied Wagtail, Common Chiffchaff, three Common Buzzard, Red Kite (which drifted towards West Littleton) and three Raven.


Pete Coslett


Sunday 7th

Northern Wheatear on Northfield Lane this afternoon, also 30 Corn Bunting, 20 Skylark, ten Yellowhammer a few Linnet and Meadow Pipit and 12 Stock Dove. C.100 mixed Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gull from the Tormarton Road, with Swallow and Peregrine over West Littleton.


Wednesday 10th

A Hobby, the first of the year, was present briefly in the Shire Valley, along with a female Reed Bunting , two pairs of Grey Wagtail, several Blackcap and c.25 Stock Dove. West Littleton Dam, two Canada Geese. Ringswell Dewpond area; male Common Redstart, several Greenfinch three House Martin, two Swallow and several Willow Warbler. Moorhen on Dunsdown Pond.


Thursday 11th

Ringswell Dewpond: Grey Heron, Swallow, four House Martin and Willow Warbler.


Friday 12th

Ringswell Dewpond, male Common Redstart still also six House Martin and Swallow.


Thursday 18th

Combined reports: A male Common Cuckoo and a single Grey Partridge reported from the Rushmead Lane area, five Northern Wheatear, Willow Warbler, two Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.


Friday 19th

Common Whitethroat from Down Road.


Sunday 21st

Combined reports today: At least eight Northern Wheatear on the patch this afternoon including those of the 'Greenland' form. All the usual, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, three Common Buzzard and two Raven. Garden Warbler at Ringswell, two Common Whitethroat in the Shire Valley and 30 Fieldfare just north of the valley.


Pete Coslett


Monday 22nd

Five Northern Wheatear at Marshfield this afternoon including those of the 'Greenland' form plus lots of singing Skylark, ten Corn Bunting and a few Yellowhammer.


Thursday 25th

Reported from the patch today: Broadmead Brook (Shire Valley): Three Mallard, two Grey Heron, five Common Buzzard, Moorhen, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Raven, four Skylark, two Swallow, c.10 Common Chiffchaff, two Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, three Nuthatch, three Mistle Thrush, four Grey Wagtail, four Chaffinch and two Linnet.


Sunday 28th

A very smart looking Northern Wheatear on Northfield Lane this afternoon, also in the the same field female Northern Wheatear, three Skylark, five Yellowhammer, seven Pied Wagtail, 12 Corn Bunting three Common Buzzard, two Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.



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!


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.


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.


♀ 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


Tuesday 7th

A male Whinchat in the Down Road/ Track area and a Red Kite over Plough Farm. 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.


♂ 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.


Wednesday 15th

A Peregrine over Down Road.


Friday 17th

A Hobby over the A420 near Cold Ashton.


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. 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.


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.


Friday 31st

Yellow Wagtail on the path crossing fields opposite Marshfield Primary School and 40 Linnets nearby.



JUNE 2019


Monday 3rd

At least 20 House Martin around Withymead playing field and in the Shire Valley a family of Grey Wagtail, Grey Heron and two Canada Geese.


Tuesday 4th

A Spotted Flycatcher was present in Shire Valley this afternoon (the first of the year) along with three Grey Heron, two Canada Geese, four Common Buzzard, three Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, two Grey Wagtail, four Pied Wagtail, two Swift, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, Jay and three Raven.


Pete Coslett


Thursday 6th

Down Road area; Three Common Buzzard, Hobby, 12 Swift, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, five Common Whitethroat, Common Chiffchaff, ten Yellowhammer, 12 Corn Bunting, 20 Goldfinch, 30 Linnet and six Raven. Nearby in the village, 22 House Martin, 21 Swift and 12 Swallow. In the Shire Valley; two Spotted Flycatcher, two Grey Heron, two Canada Geese and lots of Great Spotted Woodpecker action with at least two active nests!


Sunday 9th

Shire Valley: Grey Heron, three Common Buzzard, four Stock Dove, four Great Spotted Woodpecker, four Raven, two Swallow, 14 House Martin, six Long-tailed Tit, four Common Chiffchaff, five Blackcap, Mistle Thrush and four Grey Wagtail. Rushmead Lane: 12 Skylark, 16 Starling, 10 House Sparrow, eight Linnet, seven Corn Bunting and four Yellowhammer.



A windy Shire Valley this afternoon: Four Grey Heron, Little Egret, two Common Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swift, Nuthatch, Mistle and Song Thrush, two Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, two Jay and two Raven.


Wednesday 19th

Finally caught up with the Marshfield Little Owl! Also lots of Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer singing. Also heard at least two Quail audible from the poppy fields along the left hand side of Down Road around 10:30.


Thursday 20th

One calling from Down Road, Marshfield from north end of large Poppy field late evening on the 20th.


Friday 21st

A Quail was heard calling for around ten minutes from a cereal crop to the south of Middledown Road, Marshfield on the 21st. No sound of any from Down Road late evening but plenty of Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Linnet and Goldfinch as well as Common Buzzard, two Raven, Sparrowhawk and a nearby Little Owl.




Thursday 27th

A Grasshopper Warbler (the first for at least three years) was heard 'reeling' several times from the Down Road/ Down Track area at Marshfield this evening. Also a Common Quail calling from fields behind Rushmead Farm, Marshfield.


Saturday 29th

A Quail was heard again from fields on the south side of Middledown Road this evening.


Sunday 30th

In the Shire Valley, still one pair of Spotted Flycatchers by the second pond, Grey Heron and lots of Painted Lady butterflies. Also today an unconfirmed report of Quail calling from the Down Road area.



JULY 2019


Tuesday 2nd

Around the patch today; Common Buzzard, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, ten Swift, Kestrel, c.100 Rook, Raven, eight Skylark, four House Martin, two Swallow, two Common Chiffchaff, four Blackcap, four Common Whitethroat, 12 House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, 25 Linnet, eight Goldfinch, four Corn Bunting and four Yellowhammer.


Thursday 4th

A Quail was audible from Down Road this evening. (Martin Smith) Friday 5th At least one Spotted Flycatcher in the Shire Valley at Marshfield today.


Sunday 7th

At least thirty (30) House Sparrow from Northfield Lane plus good numbers of Skylark around. From Orchid Lane, Marbled White and Ringlet and a pair of Essex Skipper on Down Track. Also of interest some lovely Pyramidal Orchid, Long-stalked Cranesbill including a white flower version, and recently Shepherd's Needle on Rushmead Farm.


Monday 8th

At least one singing Quail (possibly three) still audible from the Down Road/ Down Track area at 21: 30 also Common Buzzard, Cuckoo, Little Owl, Mistle Thrush, Linnet, Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer.


Sunday 14th

At least four audible from Marshfield today; two from the Down Road/ Down Track area, two from an area with no public access on Rushmead Farm and two from Northfield Lane. Also 20 + Corn Bunting and two Grey Partridge.


Saturday 20th

Windy at Marshfield this afternoon but plenty to see. In the Down Road/ Downthorns Farm area; Two Common Buzzard, Quail, 30 Stock Dove, Hobby, Little Owl, 20 Swift over the farm. Skylark and Corn Bunting. Shirehill Lane/ Shire Valley; two Grey Heron, three Common Buzzard, four Red Kite following tractor,10 Swift and five Raven.


Pete Coslett


Sunday 21st

A Hobby around Down Track; Also one Quail there and another on Rushmead Farm. Nearby c.90 Starlings on West Littleton Road including lots of juveniles.


Wednesday 24th

One possibly two Quail audible very distantly from Down Road, at 21:25.


Saturday 27th

At least three Quail audible from Down Road this afternoon. Also four Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 11 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, four Mistle Thrush, 40 Common Swift, Common Whitethroat, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting and three Raven.


Sunday 28th

Two Quail again this afternoon from Down Road, also 63 Common Swift over heading south.


Tuesday 30th

This afternoon a juvenile Goshawk close to the road, also in the Shire Valley, Red Kite and Marsh Tit.


Wednesday 31st

In the Shire Valley; At least four Red Kite, Hobby, Kestrel, several Common Buzzard, half a dozen Raven, Grey Wagtail, Grey Heron and several Bullfinch.





John Barnett, Karle Burford, Mark Coller, Pete Coslett, Barry Dursley, Paul Francis, Alan Gilbert, Robert Hargreaves, Simon Harris, Mike Jackson, Dave & Hazel Newman, Dean Reeves, Nigel Sluman, Cliff Smith, Nigel Warren, Dan White, Denise Whittle, Chris Woods | Avon Birds, TBOSG.