the birds of south gloucestershire
The Marshfield patch dairy
Red-flanked Bluetail © TBOSG
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.
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
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.
C.300 Common Gull, four Yellowhammer, two Common Stonechat, four Common Buzzard and c.200 Fieldfare/ Redwing.
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.
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.
At least one Brambling with Chaffinch in Withymead Car Park, Marshfield throughout the day.
Rushmead Lane: 150 Corn Bunting, 70 Lapwing, two Golden Plover, 12 Stock Dove and a pair of Common Stonechat.
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.
Tawny Owl calling near Withymead Road in the evening.
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
C.180 Lapwing over Rushmead Lane.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
At least one Brambling with the Chaffinch flock in Withymead playing field trees and nearby gardens this afternoon, also Marsh Tit.
© Denise Whittle.
At least one Brambling still present with the Chaffinch in Withymead playing field trees this morning.
Brambling still present and feeding well with Chaffinch in Withymead playing fields today.
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.
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.
Two Grey Heron, +200 Fieldfare in the Shire Valley also Kestrel and two Common Stonechat from Rushmead Lane.
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.
Singing Common Chiffchaff, Grey Heron and a Small Tortoiseshell at Ringswell.
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.
Bit windy for much at Marshfield this afternoon but 58 Golden Plover off Tormarton Road was a nice find.
© Pete Coslett
This morning in the Shire Valley; two pairs of Grey Wagtail, a pair of Mistle Thrush, five Grey Heron and Common Chiffchaff.
A Little Grebe was present on West Littleton Dam.
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.
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.
One Jack Snipe on show around the edge of Dunsdown Pool this morning.
This morning, lots of singing Skylark and Corn Buntings which seem to be establishing territories also a Little Grebe still on West Littleton Dam.
Two Little Owls on show at dusk.
One Little Owl at dusk.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ringswell Dewpond: Grey Heron, Swallow, four House Martin and Willow Warbler.
Ringswell Dewpond, male Common Redstart still also six House Martin and Swallow.
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.
Common Whitethroat from Down Road.
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
© Pete Coslett
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.
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.
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.
At least three pairs of Bullfinch at Ringswell, a couple of Common Whitethroat and this evening a Hobby over the village!
Today south of Bellum at the west end of the village; Four Common Whitethroat, two Willow Warbler and a pair of Lesser Whitethroat.
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!
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
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
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.
A Peregrine over Down Road.
A Hobby over the A420 near Cold Ashton.
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.
35 Stock Dove from Down Road, good numbers of House Martin at Ebbdown Farm and in the village and 40 Linnet from Rushmead Lane.
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.
Yellow Wagtail on the path crossing fields opposite Marshfield Primary School and 40 Linnets nearby.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
One calling from Down Road, Marshfield from north end of large Poppy field late evening on the 20th.
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.
(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.
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.
A Quail was heard again from fields on the south side of Middledown Road this evening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
One possibly two Quail audible very distantly from Down Road, at 21:25.
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.
Two Quail again this afternoon from Down Road, also 63 Common Swift over heading south.
This afternoon a juvenile Goshawk close to the road, also in the Shire Valley, Red Kite and Marsh Tit.
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.
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White, Denise Whittle, Chris Woods | Avon Birds, TBOSG.
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