31 Jul 13

Coate Water: Spotted an unusual Mallard duckling with a white chest patch. (Maurice Carne)

Mallard duckling (Maurice Carne)

Swindon: A Great Spotted Woodpecker in the garden again, on & off throughout the day. (Sue Clayson)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Sue Clayson)

30 Jul 13

Aldbourne:  An afternoon in Aldbourne with the family, was rewarded with a pair of Red Kites overhead. Also along Lottage Road, there were Linnet, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and several Swallows on the phone lines adjacent to the road. In the back garden lots of bees on the Heebee which I will need help with to identify. Photos to be posted later...  (Martin Adlam)

A pair of Red Kites (Martin Adlam)

Red Kite (Adlam)

Swindon: After the rain stopped and the sun came out I spotted a Painted Lady sunning itself in my garden today and a Brimstone feeding.  There was also a Silver Y moth amongst the broad bean plants and a friendly Robin waiting for meal worms. (Leanne Newton)

Painted Lady (Leanne Newton)

Brimstone (Leanne Newton)

Robin (Leanne Newton) 

Silver Y moth (Leanne Newton)

29 Jul 13

Swindon:  Below is a Vapourer Moth. I have never seen one before - although they are supposedly common. I took it on the patio doors and I just loved the feathery antennae. (Ewa Niskanen)


Vapourer Moth (Ewa Niskanen)

Coate Water: Coate was popular today, with the following reports from Marlene Finlayson, Maurice Carne and Graham Cox & Tony Martin

Marlene Finlayson - Just managed to get two pictures of the juvenile Kingfisher this morning before the rain came. Also saw 3 Gatekeeper butterflies, Squirrel and 2 adult Kingfishers fly past. (Marlene Finlayson)

Kingfisher (Marlene Finlayson)

Kingfisher (Marlene Finlayson) 

Grey Squirrel (Marlene Finlayson) 

Maurice Carne - Three new ducks appeared on the main lake a few days ago, one which is probably an Aylesbury Duck and the other two are grey ornamental ducks, which are most likely Blue Swedish Ducks. These 3 ducks have clipped wings so have been put on the lake, not flown in. (Maurice Carne)

Possible Aylesbury Duck (Maurice Carne)

A probable Blue Swedish Duck (Maurice Carne)

A probable Blue Swedish Duck (Maurice Carne)

Graham Cox & Tony Martin - At Coate Water today 3 Kingfishers, 2 Common Terns, 4 Cormorants, 8 Grey Herons, 4 Pochard, 9 Teal, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Ducks and 1 Buzzard. On the Butterfly front Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Skippers and Small Whites. (Graham Cox and Tony Martin)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox) 

Kingfisher (Graham Cox) 

Common Tern (Graham Cox) 

Gatekeeper (Graham Cox) 


Lawn Pools: A Common Tern on the pools this afternoon. (Felicity Cobb)

28 Jul 13

Brinkworth: Red Kite (worn adult) over the Church area for 30 mins at 8.30am before drifting off  westwards and a Yellow Wagtail flew south over in the afternoon. (Ian Searle)

Stanton Park: Went for a short walk around Stanton Park this afternoon between the showers. On the lake were a pair of Mute Swans with 6 cygnets, 2 pairs of Coot - one with 2 young, 26 Mallards - one pair with ducklings, a Moorhen, a Common Tern and a Swift overhead. A Buzzard over the car park and Emperor & Brown Hawker dragonflies in the woodland. (Trevor & Sue Clayson)

Swindon: Sparrowhawk over St Philips Road on the way home from Stanton Park. (Trevor & Sue Clayson)

Lawns: The Tree Bumblebees have left their nest. (Felicity Cobb)

The empty Tree Bumblebee nest (Felicity Cobb)

Coate Water: It was very quite at Coate today, birds seen 1 Kingfisher in Flight, 3 Common Terns, 1 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 1 Mandarin, 5 Grey Herons, Mute Swan with 6 Cygnets, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Chaffinches and 1 Robin. On the mammal front 2 Squirrels and 2 Rabbits at hide 1. Butterflies were Small Skipper, Ringlets, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 2 Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns. (Graham Cox and Tony Martin) 

Mandarin (Graham Cox)

Mandarin (Graham Cox) 

Also seen at Coate Water: Muntjac seen at Coate Water today from hide 1. (Mike Ford)

Muntjac (Mike Ford)

Kembrey Park: I was picking raspberries on my allotment this lunchtime when all the Kembrey Park gulls went up. Looking to see what was up, there was a Red Kite circling right overhead. Naturally I didn't have a camera with me, but enjoyed watching the Kite for a few minutes until it moved off to the north. Perhaps this is one of the birds D Heskett saw on the 18th July. (Sue Clayson)

Swindon: In the garden this weekend 2 juvenile Bullfinches with the Goldfinch flock and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Sue Clayson)

27 Jul 13

Coate Water: Lots of butterflies in the field with all the usual species. Deer and young at Hide 2. There were a pair of Kingfishers with a young one. Also Egret and Common Sandpiper still around and the female Great Crested Grebe looks like she's nest building again. (Helen Sly) 

Deer and Grey Heron (Helen Sly)

Egret (Helen Sly) 

Kingfisher (Helen Sly) 

Kingfisher (Helen Sly) 

Kingfisher (Helen Sly) 

Ringlet (Helen Sly) 

Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris (Helen Sly)  

Gatekeeper (Helen Sly)

Marbled White (Helen Sly) 

Six-spot Burnet Moth (Helen Sly) 

Walcot: Red Kit over Buckhurst Crescent (Dianne Reuby)

Kelmscott: Many Swifts (Felicity Cobb)

Pavenhill: This afternoon a Red Kite flew over my house in Pavenhill. That is the 4th sighting of Kites this month. Last weekend, looking at the planes at Fairford, a pair flew over. I also saw my first sighting in the beginning of July in Pavenhill. This could be the the resident pair!! (Keith Mills)

Blakehill: Little Owl, Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat family. (Robin Griffiths)

Toothill: The results of an RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch style hour's observation this morning are as follows: 18 Starlings including at least 10 fledglings, 14 House Sparrows, 4 Collared Doves, 4 Carrion Crows (adult & 3 youngsters), 2 Wood Pigeons, 2 Jackdaws, 1 each of Blue Tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Rook and a male Blackbird (Richard Williams)

26 Jul 13

Coate Water: For the last two day's at Coate a Leaf cutter bee has been building its nest in the roof of hide 2. Also about a Common Sandpiper. Today at hide 2 the Ruddy Shelduck is back, and a Cormorant and Black Headed Gull were on the log in front. In the field a Large White Butterfly with lots of Meadow Brown's and Gatekeeper's. (Tony Martin)

Leaf-cutter Bee (Tony Martin)

Common Sandpiper (Tony Martin)

Cormorant and Black-headed Gull (Tony Martin)

Ruddy Shelduck (Tony Martin)

Also from Coate Water at hide 2 a pair of Kingfishers. (Steve Harper)


Kingfishers (Steve Harper)

Kingfishers (Steve Harper)

Kingfisher (Steve Harper)

Kingfisher (Steve Harper)

Ravensroost and Red Lodge: Today at both locations we saw large numbers of Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary,White Admiral, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large and Small Skippers, Large and Small Whites. (Gary Chalker & Dave Butcher)

Peacock (Gary Chalker)

Silver-washed Fritillary (Gary Chalker)

Small White (Gary Chalker)

White Admiral (Gary Chalker)

White Admiral (Gary Chalker)

25 Jul 13

Coate Water: A Kingfisher present today at Hide 2. (Dave Dunn)

Kingfisher (Dave Dunn)

Kingfisher (Dave Dunn)

Webbs Wood: At Webbs Wood today there were 3 White Admirals and 1 large fritilliary (Silver Washed or Dark Green). (Bob Shiret)

Oakhurst: In our garden there were several Gatekeepers and Brimstones. (Bob Shiret)

Gatekeeper (Bob Shiret)

Brimstone (Bob Shiret)

Gatekeeper (Bob Shiret)

Royal Wootton Bassett: At 1430 today over Church Street allotments, in the air at the same time 1 Red Kite and 10 Hawks. To be fair that should be 1 Juvenile Red Kite, 1 RAF A400M and 10 Red Arrows (What’s the extra one for). I Just couldn’t get the Kite into the same photo.  I got  a few with gulls in but not the Kite. Excuse the quality of the photos, the light was awful and too strong, with shadows and haze. The photo makes the bird look a bit like a Black Kite but I am sure it was a Red Kite. Definitely a juvenile with white edges to the wing coverts. (Bob Philpott)

RAF A400M and escort (Bob Philpott)

Red Kite  (Bob Philpott)