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
© 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
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
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
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
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
© 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
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
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
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
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.
John Barnett, Karle Burford, Pete Coslett, Simon Harris, Dean Reeves, Nigel Sluman, Dan
White, Denise Whittle, TBOSG.