Cold and foggy, temperature did not get above freezing all day, Cholsey marsh still draining out in to the Thames in places. Forecast for -6º tonight and then a lot milder with high winds and rain for the week end, balmy British weather!A check on Cholsey marsh at dusk to count species roosting there, just over sixty Corn Bunting counted coming in to the roost but unable to see any coming in from the south due to the poor visibility so may well have been more, twenty plus Reed Bunting and a couple of Meadow Pipit there as well.
Two Common Snipe flew from the marsh and at least three Water Rail heard, quite a few Redwing several Blackbird and Song Thrush feeding on the icy surface of the marsh, have not noted this feeding behaviour before!A couple of Pied Wagtail heard flying over but did not see if they landed nearby, several Black-headed Gull flew downriver, a Grey Heron flew upriver and a Little Grebe on the river. A Great-spotted Woodpecker in the trees near the marsh and a lot of Corvid calls heard overhead and in the distance, Rook and Jackdaw, probably going to a nearby roost.
A single Siskin flying overhead.
News from Tony Rayner - Twenty Lapwing in field above Ilges lane today, ten Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll in the Italian Alders in Caps lane recently and five Yellowhammer in garden along Wallingford road.
A couple of Corn Bunting pics from the summer.