31 Jan 14

Barbury Castle: 8 Yellowhammer and Fieldfare. (Malcolm Royal)

Chiseldon: The first Greenfinches (2) of the year in my garden this afternoon. (Malcolm Royal)

Mouldon Hill: Unfortunately another dreary day weather wise, but at least I got a good walk in before the rain started. Highlights this morning were a pair of Cormorants fishing in the lake, a Skylark overhead, 40 plus Redwing, 2 Stock Doves and a Roe Deer.  Also noted were 2 Mute Swan, 4 Tufted Duck (3 drake, 1 duck), 2 Buzzards, Moorhen, Coot, 8 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, dozens of Magpies, Rook, Carrion Crow, 4 Starling, Chaffinch, a pair of Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and 2 Bullfinch. (Martin Adlam)

Cormorant (Martin Adlam)

Cormorant (Martin Adlam)

Tufted Duck - female (Martin Adlam)

Tufted Duck - drake (Martin Adlam)

Buzzard (Martin Adlam)

Feral Mallard type duck and in front a "standard" Mallard
(Martin Adlam)

Feral Mallard type duck (Martin Adlam)

And another feral Mallard type duck (Martin Adlam)

Mallard - drake (Martin Adlam)

Bullfinch (Martin Adlam)

Black-headed Gull (Martin Adlam)

Moredon: Along the old railway track at the bottom of Thames Down Drive up to the River Ray and back along the edge of the river. Highlights were Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker and dozens of Greenfinches that obviously like this habitat. Also seen were Moorhen, Wood Pigeon, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch. (Martin Adlam)

Long-tailed Tit (Martin Adlam)

30 Jan 14

Castle Eaton area: Hundreds of Black-headed Gulls on the flooded fields and 2 Song Thrushes singing. (Malcolm Royal)

Eysey: Little Egret, 3 Heron, Shelduck, Pochard and Tufted Duck. (Malcolm Royal)

CWP 74 (from Twitchers): 8 Bullfinch in a single tree, Buzzard, Wigeon, Shoveler, Teal, Goldeneye, Pochard and Tufted Duck. (Malcolm Royal)

Floods near Cricklade: Several hundred Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Great Black-backed Gull. (Malcolm Royal)

Shaftesbury Avenue Lake: Highlights here today were 23 Tufted Duck (16 drakes and 7 ducks), 2 pairs of Goosander and a Kingfisher. Also noted were 2 Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard,  Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch. (Martin Adlam)

Goosander - drake (Martin Adlam)

Goosander - females (Martin Adlam)

Wildfowl
Top to bottom
Canada Goose, Mallard and Tufted Duck.
(Martin Adlam)

Tufted Duck - drake (Martin Adlam)

White Duck (Martin Adlam)

Liden Lagoon: Highlights today was an adult winter Common Gull (first recorded this year, where have they been!), the Great Crested Grebe still, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Tufted Duck (5 drake, 1 duck), 6 Pochard (5 drake, 1 duck) and two parties of Goosander with 1 drake and 2 females in one party, and 1 drake and 3 females in the other. Also noted were 2 Mute Swan, 25 Canada GooseMallard, 20 MoorhenCoot, 5 Black-headed Gull, 2 adult Herring GullsWood Pigeon, 1 Great-Spotted WoodpeckerDunnockRobin, dozens of Blackbirds, Long-tailed TitCoal Tit, Great TitBlue TitWrenMagpieCarrion CrowHouse SparrowChaffinch, 8 Goldfinch and a male Bullfinch. (Martin Adlam)

Adult winter Common Gull (Martin Adlam)

Adult winter Common Gull (Martin Adlam)

Adult winter Common Gull in flight (Martin Adlam)

Goosander - drake (Martin Adlam)

Goosander - female (Martin Adlam)

Goosander - The other drake (Martin Adlam)

And "his" two females (Martin Adlam)

Mute Swan (Martin Adlam)

Pochard - drake (Martin Adlam)

Grey Heron (Martin Adlam)

Nythe: Last years juvenile Carrion Crow feeding in the back garden with one of its parents, whilst the other adult was keeping a watch from a nearby roof. Not sure if this is the case for all juvenile Carrion Crows but this individual has a lot of white feathers in its wings, which no doubt will moult out.

Carrion Crows - Adult at the back Juvenile is approx. 9 months old (Martin Adlam)

Oakhurst: Our regular Blackcap was in our garden today and currently there are 6 Bullfinches (4f + 2m) visiting daily. (Bob Shiret)

Blackcap - female (Bob Shiret)

Coate Water: At Coate today we noted Kingfisher, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit and Great Spotted Woodpecker and the long-staying Great White Egret, that settled on top of a tall tree in the murky conditions. (Don Smith and Len Ingram)

Kingfisher (Don Smith)

Nuthatch (Don Smith)

Long-tailed Tit (Don Smith)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Don Smith)

Great White Egret through the murk (Don Smith)

Marston Meysey: Today there were 2 Ruddy Shelducks, 2 Shelducks and 3 Egyptian Geese. (Don Smith and Len Ingram)

Ruddy Shelduck (Don Smith)

Also at Marston Meysey, 2 Ruddy Shelduck on the floods at the Down Ampney junction and Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Malcolm Royal)

29 Jan 14

Coate Water: Today down at the back of the Sun Inn there was a Little Egret feeding on worms. Close by in the car park I also came across the first Snowdrops of the year. At Hide 1, as well as the Great White Egret, which was showing well, there was a Cetti's Warbler. (Tony Martin)

Little Egret (Tony Martin)

Little Egret (Tony Martin)

Little Egret (Tony Martin)

Little Egret (Tony Martin)

Snowdrops (Tony Martin)

28 Jan 14

On a bit of a tour around Savernake and the Kennet Valley a total of fifty species seen and a couple more heard from Draycot, Ogbourne St Andrew, Savernake, Froxfield and Chilton Foliat. (Malcolm Royal)

Draycot: A couple of mixed flocks of gulls on floodwater, one flock contained all four types of the regular gulls the other was missing Common.

Ogbourne St Andrew: Mixed flock of around 100 Corn Bunting, Yellowhammers and a few Linnets.

Savernake: Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, mixed flock of Chaffinch and Brambling at the southern end of the Grand Avenue.

Froxfield: 8 Little Egret, Heron and 3 Lapwing.

Chilton Foliat: Sparrowhawk, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Little Grebe and 7 Gadwall.
(Malcolm Royal)

Coate Water: This morning at Coate sightings were a Buzzard, Nuthatches, Long-tailed Tits, Marsh Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tits, Robins, Heron, Mallards and a Jay performing well for food. (Gary Chalker and Dave Butcher)

Jay (Gary Chalker)

Jay (Gary Chalker)

27 Jan 14

Coate Water: Dodging the showers this morning the following species were noted. Blue Tit, Great Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Robin, Dunnock, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Magpie, Jackdaw and Blackbird. On the water Little Egret, Mute Swan, Coot, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Goosander, Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Grey Heron and Cormorant. (Maurice Carne)

Coot (Maurice Carne)

Dunnock (Maurice Carne)

Mute Swan (Maurice Carne)

East Swindon: At Haydon a Sparrowhawk glided over the Orbital Shopping Centre, a Kestrel was hovering over the A419 opposite the Wyevale Garden Centre and on the playing fields of St Luke's School there were approx. 30 Redwing. (Martin Adlam)

Swindon: A Goldcrest, 10 Goldfinches and a pair of Bullfinches amongst the birds in the garden this morning. A while since we've had a Goldcrest, it's usually a herald of cold weather if we get one. (Trevor and Sue Clayson)

26 Jan 14

Hodson: In the field at the road junction to Hodson were c190 Golden Plover and 80+ Lapwing this evening. (Ian Searle)

Coate Water: Today at a rather wet Coate Water, 1 Great White Egret, 9 Cormorants, 6 Grey Herons, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Goosanders, Teal, Gadwall, Shovelers, Tufted Ducks and Mallards, 4 Great Crested Grebes (1 pair doing the Weed Dance but to far for photo's), 1 Water Rail, Coots and Moorhens. Male and female Sparrowhawk, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Chaffinches, 3 Robins, 2 Dunnocks, 1 Wren, 3 Blackbirds, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tits, Blue Tits and 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Also Seen 2 Foxes on the Point. (Graham Cox, Tony Martin, Terry Grant, Dave and Harry King).

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Blue Tit (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

Long-tailed Tit (Graham Cox)

Fox (Graham Cox)

Great Crested Grebes (Graham Cox)

Great Crested Grebes (Graham Cox)

Robin (Dave King)

Blue Tit (Dave King)

Blue Tit (Dave King)

Long-tailed Tit (Dave King)

Long-tailed Tit (Dave King)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dave King)

Kingfisher (Harry King)

Blue Tit (Harry King)

Long-tailed Tit (Harry King)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Harry King)

Foxes (Harry King)

CWP 74: On the way back from CWP this evening I saw mini-murmurations of Starlings at Waterhay and Leigh - about 100 in each. I could not see any Teals at all at CWP74 (Green Winged or otherwise) although the numbers of Wigeon, Shovelers, Lapwing and Pintails were impressive. Also some Goldeneye on CWP12.  It's fascinating how birds return to the same spot as I saw my first Goldeneye at CWP12 last year so fancied my chances of seeing some there today. (Richard Williams)
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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Swindon: The weather made it a good day for a bit of window bird watching rather than going out. Some of our regular birds obviously didn't fancy it either. The list was 10 House Sparrows, 4 Starlings, 3 Blackbirds, a Robin, 2 Great Tits, 6 Blue Tits, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Wood Pigeon, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldfinch, a Greenfinch, a Magpie, a Dunnock and 2 Crows. And our Squirrel. (Trevor & Sue Clayson)