Made one of my rare visits to Cholsey Marsh today and did see a couple of Chiffchaff towards the railway.
Then spent 45 minutes watching
buntings going to roost in the reed bed. Cold drove me away but not before, I estimated
85 Corn Buntings and 34 Reed Buntings.
Corn Buntings arriving
first seemed to come from across the river whereas the later arrivals & the
main groups from the Downs area. Some of my Reed Buntings could have been other
species coming in, in ones and twos, but all the
calls I heard were of Reed Buntings. There was also a single cry of a Water Rail. (per TR)