Friday, 10 January 2014

Cholsey Marsh

Sunny spells, 8º, light SSW.

Cholsey marsh is completely flooded and this has affected the Corn Bunting roost, I counted around 60 birds that came in but not all roosted in the usual area. One small part of the roost site is relatively dry so could accommodate a few birds but a fair number flew upstream to what I presume is another roost area (not visible from Ferry rd) that can be used in flood conditions such as it is at the moment and maybe other birds flew directly there?

A sizable thrush flock (Fieldfare & Redwing) feeding in the field towards the 4 Arches consisting around 200 birds and a Song Thrush singing across the river at Little Stoke.

A Kingfisher heard, 3 Cormorant flew down river, 4 Mute Swan on the river and one swam 100m up Ferry rd. 20+ Common Snipe and 6 Teal on the marsh itself and a Water Rail heard calling at dusk.

Other species were Reed Bunting, Pied Wagtail, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker and 2 Jay.

2 small flocks of Golden Plover seen this morning high over Winterbrook.

The Blackcap still visiting the garden and the Tawny Owls quite vocal in the meadow and garden for the last few nights.


 Mute Swan swimming up Ferry lane
 Cholsey marsh south
 Cholsey marsh north

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