The Marshfield Patch Diary





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.



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