28 Feb 14

Ogbourne: 10 Mute Swans in the fields by the River Og. (Malcolm Royal)

Draycott: A group of 9 Magpies. (Malcolm Royal)

Chiseldon: 2 Greenfinches on the garden feeders. (Malcolm Royal)

27 Feb 14

Wroughton Reservoir: Today there 19 Tufted  Duck, 4 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Moorhen and Coot on the reservoir. (Malcolm Royal)

Lawn: My first visit to Lawn this year was a bit disappointing, with the only highlights being a noisy Great Spotted Woodpecker, several Goldfinches and at least 5 Grey Squirrels. There was a combined total of 33 Mallard on both Pools, but surprisingly there was no sign of the resident Mute Swans, however there was a single Canada Goose on the bottom Pool. (Martin Adlam)

Goldfinch (Martin Adlam)

Grey Squirrel (Martin Adlam)

Swindon: Our first Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly in the garden this year, just before a shower this afternoon. Also the Squirrel has started to gather what we assume is nest material which it is taking into the ivy high up in our willow tree. Hope they realise winter is not over yet! (Trevor & Sue Clayson)

Small Tortoiseshell (Sue Clayson)

Grey Squirrel with nesting material. (Sue Clayson)

26 Feb 14

Lammy Down and The Ridgeway: Skylark, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, Stonechat, Kestrel, Buzzard, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Blackbird and Starling. More Here plus Photos (Malcolm Royal)

Covingham: A Red Kite was being mobbed by two Carrion Crows over Covingham Square just after midday. (Martin Adlam)

Nythe: As I got back home a Buzzard was being harassed by gulls over estate. (Martin Adlam)

25 Feb 14

Coate Water: No sign of Red-breasted Merganser reported last night, but highlights this morning were 10 Goosander, a lot of Great Crested Grebes and a few Cormorants on the Main Lake. More Here. (Martin Adlam)

A pair of Goosander (Martin Adlam)

Cormorant (Martin Adlam)

Liden Lagoon: Highlights here this morning were a single Great Crested Grebe, 3 drake Pochards, 10 Tufted Duck (3 pairs, and 4 males), 22 Canada Geese, a Buzzard being mobbed by gulls and a Grey Wagtail. (Martin Adlam)

Tufted Duck - drake (Martin Adlam)

Grey Wagtail (Martin Adlam)

24 Feb 14

Whittonditch: Barn Owl seen at 1:05am. More here (Malcolm Royal)

Coate Water: Today at Coate there was a Red-breasted Merganser on the main lake near the causeway. (Les Jackson)

Also at Coate Water today 1 Great White Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Shelducks, 1 Red Crested Pochard, 8 Great Crested Grebes, Pochard, Shovelers, Teal, Mallards, Gadwall, Tufted Ducks, 12 Grey Herons (some collecting sticks for their nests), 12 Cormorants, 21 Mute Swans, 9 Snipe, Moorhens, Coots, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Wren, 2 Blackbirds, Long-tailed Tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Pheasants, 1 Red Kite, 2 Robins, 3 Dunnocks, both male and female Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 3 Chaffinches. Also 4 Roe Deer in the field to the left of Hide 2. (Graham Cox, Tony Martin, Brian and Dave Dunn)

Grey Heron with stick (Graham Cox)

Red Crested Pochard (Graham Cox)

Great White Egret (Graham Cox)

Great White Egret (Graham Cox)

Great White Egret (Graham Cox)

23 Feb 14

Cerney Wick: Firecrest was seen today. Photo on the CWP Website Here. (Chris Walker)

Moulden Hill: I can report that collared Canada Goose NL was not at Moulden Hill this afternoon - not surprising given yesterday's activities!  Just the usual residents there including a single Great Crested Grebe.  I also found a group of 5 Long-tailed Tits and counted 29 Magpies in a field opposite one of the Woodland Trust plantation entrances. (Richard Williams)

Coate Water: Birds seen were 1 Great White Egret, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Shelducks, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 15 Grey Herons, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Reed Bunting, 7 Goosanders, Teal, Gadwall, Pochard, Shovelers, Mallards, Tufted Ducks, Canada Geese, 8 Mute Swans, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tits, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbirds, 3 Goldcrests and 1 Buzzard. (Graham Cox, Tony Martin and Andy Sloane)

Shoveler (Graham Cox)

Great Crested Grebe (Graham Cox)

Treecreeper (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

Long-tailed Tit (Graham Cox)

Muntjac (Graham Cox)

Swindon: Garden sightings from today - 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Robins looking as if they may have paired, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Blackbirds, 3 Blue Tits, 2 Great Tits, 2 Carrion Crows, a Dunnock, 5 Wood Pigeons, 4 Starlings and 9 House Sparrows to start off our garden birdwatch week.
When the Great Spotted Woodpecker, that feeds hanging upside down, couldn't reach the fat left at the bottom of the feeder today, it eat the peanuts instead. The other bird continued on the fat in a conventional way. (Trevor and Sue Clayson)

Robins (Sue Clayson)


Update on FT Canada Goose

The orange collared Canada Goose with the letters FT sighted at Stanton Park lake yesterday, was ringed as an adult on 5 Jul 12 on CWP125, which is where it spent most of its time up until now. It is listed as being a male but was very light for a male when ringed (3.9kg) and has not been recorded as having a partner. This information was courtesy of the University of Exeter, who carried out a project on the movement of 153 Canada Geese in the CWP in May 2012. (Martin Adlam)

22 Feb 14

Wroughton Reservoir: 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Moorhen and Mute Swan. No Little Grebes seen. (Malcolm Royal)

RavensroostSnipe, c50 Redwing and a pair Lapwings. (Robin Griffiths)

Swillbrook: Kingfisher, 2 Goosanders, c8 Goldeneyes and 2 Little Egrets. (Robin Griffiths)

Purton: A pair of Ravens flew E, calling, early morning over the N side of Purton, mobbed by a Carrion Crow. (Jon Mercer)

Freshbrook: Not quite a garden tick as it was in the park by Oliver Tomkins School, but a first for this locality, seen this morning, a Treecreeper. (Richard Williams)

Stanton Park: The usual suspects today including a Buzzard overhead. The birds all seem to be pairing up now. (Gary  Chalker and Dave Butcher)

Coal Tit (Gary Chalker)

Great Tit (Gary Chalker)

Dunnock (Gary Chalker)

Chaffinch (Gary Chalker)

Blue Tit (Gary Chalker)

Also at Stanton, several Redwing, two Fieldfare, a pair of Siskins, Skylark singing over the fields and on the lake another orange collared Canada Goose from the CWP, with with the letters FT. Most interesting though were the huge numbers of Honey Bees feeding on the Snowdrops around the woodland. This weather is very confusing. (Martin Adlam)

Orange collared Canada Goose (Martin Adlam)

Honey Bees on Snowdrops (Martin Adlam)

Coate Water: At Coate today 1 Great White Egret, 1 Red Crested Pochard, 12 Grey Herons, 9 Goosanders, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Mute Swans, Pochard, Gadwall, Teal, Tufted Ducks, Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, 11 Cormorants, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Reed Buntings, 3 Chaffinches, 3 Robins, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tits, 3 Dunnocks, 2 Blackbirds, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Wren and 1 Buzzard. (Graham Cox)

Goosander (Graham Cox)

Mute Swan (Graham Cox)

Great Tit (Graham Cox)

Great Crested Grebe (Graham Cox)

Pheasant - hen (Graham Cox)

21 Feb 14

Draycot Foliat: c200 Lapwing, 15 Golden Plover, Black-headed Gulls, Common Gulls, Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (Malcolm Royal)

Savernake: Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue TitMarsh Tit, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Mistle ThrushSong Thrush, Jay and Buzzard. (Malcolm Royal)

Froxfield: 9 Little Egrets, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Redwing, Fieldfare and Starlings. (Malcolm Royal)

Ramsbury Manor: Canada GeeseGreylag Geese, Mute Swan, Black Swan and Gadwall.  Others seen en-route, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Pheasant, Red-legged Partridge and Red Kite.(Malcolm Royal)

Liden Lagoon: A few highlights from a pleasant walk around the Lagoon this morning, were a Great Crested Grebe, 11 Tufted Duck (7 drake, 4 ducks), 3 drake Pochard and a pair of Siskin. More Here. (Martin Adlam)

Great Crested Grebe (Martin Adlam)

Pochard (Martin Adlam)

Coate Water: A good trip to Coate today with the usual birds about. A nice new surprise for me was a Reed Bunting. (Steve Harper)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Steve Harper)

Reed Bunting (Steve Harper)

Blue Tit (Steve Harper)

Mute Swan (Steve Harper)

Click Here for more of  Steve's photos from today.

Marlborough: Today I saw 2 Red Kites circling above some Brown Hares that were hiding from the circling birds. They did so by freezing dead still for ages. We also saw Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock Butterflies, Goldfinches, Buzzards, Crocus and a Pheasant. (Dominic Greenbank)

Red Kite (Dominic Greenbank)

Brown Hare (Dominic Greenbank)

Small Tortoiseshell (Dominic Greenbank)

Goldfinch (Dominic Greenbank)

Crocus (Dominic Greenbank)

Crocus (Dominic Greenbank)

20 Feb 14

Aldbourne Area: Not much to report as when I got to the lanes the heavens opened. Only a couple of Buzzards, Fieldfares, a Red Kite and a couple of single Hares and one was super close. (Martin Murray)

Hare (Martin Murray)

At the Cotswold Water Park there are an estimated 15,000+ Starlings roosting. For info please visit the Cotswold Water Park Blog Here. (Bob Philpott)

19 Feb 14

Avebury Area: 27 Corn Bunting, 7 Yellowhammer, 50+ Golden Plover, Lapwing, Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 3 Red-legged Partridge, Linnet, 3 Stonechat, 4 Herring Gull, 22 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 1st winter Great Black-backed Gull. Also 12 Roe Deer and Brown Hare. Second visit in a row without any Tree Sparrow. They were always fairly reliable around the farms near Avebury (Matt Pringle)

Fyfield: 30+ Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting, 50+ Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch, Linnet, Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel, 20+ Fieldfare and 2 Mistle Thrush. Also seen Roe Deer. (Matt Pringle)

Aldbourne Area: Highlights of a walk around a very wet and flooded Aldbourne this morning were Chiffchaff, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammers, Buzzards and the floods. See Swindonbirder for more on our walk (Martin Adlam and Don Young)

The floods along Lottage Road (Martin Adlam)

Buzzard (Martin Adlam)

Coate Water: At Coate today a pair of Kingfishers at Hide 1 and the Reed Bunting is now coming to the feeders. Also about Treecreeper, Nuthatch and the female Pheasant. (Tony Martin)

Reed Bunting (Tony Martin)

Reed Bunting (Tony Martin)

Reed Bunting (Tony Martin)

Also in the Aldbourne Area and then West Swindon: Today I decided to head to Aldbourne again and noticed the flooding has got worse. Just hope the residents will be OK. Good number of Red Kites in the air including a pale one perched up, a couple of Jays, 5 Roe Deer, 14 Fallow Deer and a few singleton Hares on the route. In one of the flooded fields approx 100 Lapwings on the edge and later in the day a large number of gulls including a Great Black-backed Gull. On the way back through West Swindon I came across a pair of Little Owls. (Martin Murray)

Red Kite (Martin Murray)

CWP 30 and 74: Another good day in the Water Park. The highlights were 5 Smew on CWP 30, along with a Water Rail, a Treecreeper and Goldcrest along the lane by CWP 74. We've seen Great Spotted Woodpeckers on the telegraph poles along the lane by CWP 74 before, but this is our first Treecreeper there. All today's sightings can be found on the CWP Blog Here. (Trevor & Sue Clayson)

Treecreeper (Sue Clayson)

Marlborough: Today I saw a Buzzards. (Dominic Greenbank)

Buzzard (Dominic Greenbank)