Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Cholsey Marsh

Overcast with light rain, 6°, light S.

Approximately 140 Corn Bunting in at the roost on Cholsey Marsh this evening along with c30 Meadow Pipit. 30 Starling thought about it but then flew off east.

A Sparrowhawk flew through as the Buntings were coming in and spooked them for a time and a Buzzard flying around the area not helping matters.

At least 2 Bullfinch, a Treecreeper and up to 5 Water Rail on the marsh and a single Common Snipe flew off the marsh.

Several flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing flew over, 200+ birds in total.

A pair of Great Crested Grebe on the river, a Grey Heron on the opposite bank and a couple of Cormorant flew upstream.

A Kingfisher also present.

 Corn Buntings assembling prior to roosting

A pair of Mallard taking some R&R in the garden today

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