Sunday 31 July – Marshfield Leader: Nigel Kempson

Despite July 2022 being the driest month in recorded history, five members turned up for a wet walk across the fields in the Rushmead Lane area. The stiff breeze kept the small birds in cover, making them difficult to see. We were treated to a constant background of Yellowhammer song but it was hard work to get more than this. We did have intermittent views of a mobile flock of small brown birds all the way round; when we finally caught up with it, they were House Sparrows rather than the hoped for Corn Buntings. The corvid numbers also seemed well down but we did find a flock of Starling on the corner by the farm. The highlights were distant views of two Red Kites and a young family of Stonechats in the corn. My thanks go to Alan Daniells for tallying up the list of 20 species seen. (Thanks to Nigel for leading) Nigel Kempson