31 May 13

Royal Wootton BassettAt midday a Red Kite - first seen over the Prince of Wales at Coped Hall, then gliding slowly over the housing estate, over the Jubilee Lake and headed off towards Brinkworth. (Bob Philpott)

Coate Water: At Coate today the Great White Egret returned again down at hide two. Also a few butterflies about with this Small White, and two Orange Tip and in front of hide one a Male Mandarin duckand the Great Crested Grebe with it's young. (Tony Martin)

Great White Egret (Tony Martin)

Great White Egret (Tony Martin)

Mandarin (Tony Martin)

Small White (Tony Martin)

Great Crested Grebe with young (Tony Martin)

Great Crested Grebe with young (Tony Martin)

And this Evening at Coate WaterAt Hide 1 highlights were: Kingfisher flying by, Reed Bunting, plenty of young Herons in the various nests and Common Terns. (Richard Williams)

30 May 13

Coate Water: Another damp miserable morning with no sign of any butterfly or dragonfly activity. Plenty of Swallows over the main lake, 20 Swans + 1 cygnet, 35 Mallards and 9 ducklings, 32 Canada Geese + 9 goslings. Pair of Swans still nesting by the small pond, plus a pair of Canada Geese with 4 goslings, the fifth is missing since yesterday. (Maurice Carne)

Canada Goose gosling (Maurice Carne)

Canada Goose and gosling (Maurice Carne)

Duck Mallard with ducklings (Maurice Carne)

29 May 13

Coate Water: At a wet Coate Water this afternoon, Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young, 4 Common Terns, 2 Gadwall, large number of Hirundines, mainly House Martins with Swallows and a few Swifts. (Malcolm Royal)

One of five newly hatched Canada goslings today at Coate. (Marlene Finlayson)

28 May 13

Nythe: With the weather as it was today, it was little wonder that there were no reports.  The rain was relentless and was more akin with monsoons in India. However with the feeders full and above the sodden lawn & paths there were plenty of birds making use of them. In the main it was the House Sparrows and Starlings, but it wasn't long before the resident Carrion Crows made their presence known. Other visitors to the feeders and garden were Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Blue Tit and Collared Dove. (Martin Adlam)

A very bedraggled Collared Dove (Martin Adlam)

27 May 13

Coate Water: Very quiet here today, Common Tern diving for small fish at the causeway, a few insects about; got this Cardinal beetle, and at the feeder the Robin with food for it's young. (Tony Martin)

Cardinal Beetle (Tony Martin)

Robin with food (Tony Martin)

Also at Coate Water today: On a quick walk around the lake this morning, the following species were noted. Mistle Thrush, Wren, Robin, Blue, Great, Coal and Marsh Tits, Blackbird, 9 Jackdaws, Pied Wagtail, 21 Swans, 32 Canada Geese plus 11 Goslings, nesting Great Crested Grebe and the usual Coots, Moorhens and Mallards. (Maurice Carne)
Great Crested Grebe (Maurice Carne)

Stanton Park: Plenty of Robins and Blue Tits, 3 Nuthatches, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, and 2 Yellow-bellied Terrapins. Butterflies seen were 6 Orange Tips, 4 Large Whites and 2 Speckled Wood. (Maurice Carne)

Yellow-bellied Terrapin (Maurice Carne)

South Leaze: At South Leaze lake this afternoon a Little Grebe and pair of Gadwall were on the water.  Also 2 Swallows and House Martins, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Plus near the road end a Skylark heard. (Richard Williams)

26 May 13

No sightings today.

25 May 13

Buscot Village: Turtle Dove at midday today on aerials near the car park and also in the trees within the playground. (Bob Philpott)

Turtle Dove (Bob Philpott)

Bushton: The highlight of an unseasonably cold BBS visit to Bushton this morning was to see Curlew flying over (2, but at different times, so could be the same one)...plus 3 Hares. (Richard Williams)

Toothill: Several House Sparrow fledglings and a Herring Gull (rare landing apart from when there has been snow and it isn't quite that cold!!). (Richard Williams)

Coate Water: Today the first Great Crested Grebes has three young, now off the nest and feeding. A very hard working Great Spotted Woodpecker at the feeder's, not looking it's best. (Tony Martin)

Great Crested Grebe (Tony Martin)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Tony Martin)

24 May 13

Nythe: Despite the the atrocious weather we are having , there is always the back garden to observe the birds as they battle against the elements. I don't think I've ever seen the bird feeders so busy as they were today, with Blue Tits, House Sparrows, Starlings, Wood Pigeons and Collared Doves supplementing their food source in what I can only describe as near Arctic conditions. Boy was it bitter today!! (Martin Adlam)

23 May 13

Lawn: A Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding from insects in a tree in the garden. (Felicity Cobb)

Savernake: Buzzard, Marsh Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Roe Deer, c30 Fallow Deer(Malcolm Royal)

Folly Farm and Badbury5 Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Whitethroat, 8 Skylark, Shelduck over heading for Coate. 
(Malcolm Royal)

Chiseldon: Female Bullfinch in the garden. (Malcolm Royal)

22 May 13

Swindon: This evening at Nythe a pair of Swifts overhead and  also a pair around lunchtime. At midday by the junction of Ocotal Way and Drakes Way (by the traffic lights), there was a Common Whitethroat singing away on the bushes overhanging what I guess is the River Cole or a tributary of it. (Martin Adlam)

Marlborough Downs: Swallows, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, 3 Mallard, Buzzard, Barn Owl, Curlew (heard). (Malcolm Royal)

21 May 13

Aldbourne: This evening I went out round my Aldbourne route which was quite eventful.
Sightings included. Barn Swallows, Swifts, Buzzard, multiple hares being quite active, 5 Roe Deer but best of all a pair of Grey Partridge. We were looking for a pair of Barn Owls but no luck. Will keep you posted if they show again. (Martin Murray)

Grey Partridge (Martin Murray)

Nythe: It looks like the resident Carrion Crows have youngsters in their nest in the Birch tree, next door but one; as every large bird that passed by was immediately chased away. These included Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Grey Heron and another pair of roving Carrion Crows. Also about was a pair of Mallard, which flew over estate and at least 6 Swallows. During the afternoon two Sparrowhawks whizzed over the gardens and a bit later the wistful cries from a Starling was heard, as was the alarm call of a Blackbird. I can only surmise that one of the resident Starlings was no more. (Martin Adlam)

Coate Water: A Jackdaw and Swallows at Coate Water. (Graham Cox)

Jackdaw (Graham Cox)

Swallows (Graham Cox)

Buscot Village: in the Village there is a Turtle Dove by the 2nd Car Park. It is calling well from the aerials on top of the houses close by. (Graham Cox) 

Turtle Dove (Graham Cox)

20 May 13

Swindon: Pair of nesting Pied Wagtails in very sparse amount of ivy outside window in Holiday Inn gym. Appeared to have difficulty landing easily. (Felicity Cobb)

Coate Water: Several Swifts around the diving board area, 5 Jackdaws, Blue, Great and Marsh Tits, Mistle Thrush, Common Tern, 23 Mute Swans + 4 cygnets, 15 Canada Geese + 3 goslings, Mallards, Moorhens, Coots and Greylag Goose. (Maurice Carne)

Marsh Tit (Maurice Carne)

Also photographed at Coate Water this pair of Common Terns courtesy of Tony Martin

Common Terns (Tony Martin)

Common Terns (Tony Martin)

Stanton Park: Many Robins and Blue Tits by the feeders, 3 Nuthatches, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a very photogenic Pheasant. Green Woodpecker heard calling several times. (Maurice Carne)

Pheasant (Maurice Carne)

Robin (Maurice Carne)

19 May 13

Hannington: Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeder, with a Robin making regular sorties back to the nest (presumably) with bits of peanut dropped from the feeder. Plenty of Goldfinches also; with plenty of squabbling!
And this evening a few final few sightings from a walk round the lanes: Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, Red Kite, Reed Bunting. 3 Hares, 4 Green-veined Whites, 3 Peacocks, Comma and Brimstone(Steve Davies)

Castle Eaton: Yellow Wagtail flying along the hedgerow, Yellowhammers all along with some sat dangerously in the road. (Steve Davies)

Whitehill Lane, Wootton Bassett: This morning, 10+ Buzzards and numerous gulls on a field in the process of being harrowed. The Buzzards were coming in and going off in all sorts of directions. (Bob Philpott)

Coate Water: 2 Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Song Thrush, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, 2 Common Tern, 2 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Buzzard, Kestrel. (Malcolm Royal)

Brinkworth: Male Cuckoo calling in Ramps Hill area of Brinkworth, plus Red Kite over at 

Midday. (Ian Searle)

Lydiard Park: 5 Little Grebes, 50 Herring Gulls including a number of immature birds, a Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard drumming. (Richard Williams)

Swindon: In my garden this afternoon my first ever sighting of a Juniper Shield bug. Although I don’t have any Juniper trees I do have 12 Lawsons Cypress which are also favoured by these shield bugs. (Maurice Carne)

Juniper Shield bug (Maurice Carne)

Welcome to the Proposed "Swindon Birds and Wildlife Site Blog"

Hi all, it seems a real shame that all of Steve Davies hard work in running the Swindon Birds and Wildlife Site should just end after many years.The site was an invaluable source of information for birds and wildlife within a 10 mile radius of Swindon and I think it would be fantastic idea to continue sharing the daily sightings for the local community.
Unfortunately I already run a website for a Wildlife Group in Shropshire and it doesn't come cheap for the space required, however this blog is free and if images are kept to a minimum size I am quite prepared to run this site for local wildlife enthusiasts.
Once again a huge thank you to Steve and if locals use this Site I hope it lives up to your expectations.


Martin Adlam

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