30 Apr 14

Nightingale Woods: A very foggy walk this morning, but rewarded with a year tick, a Garden Warbler. Also 7 Bullfinch (6 males) and several of each Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, GoldfinchGreenfinch and Song Thrush. At Roves Farm I saw 4 Mallard and a male Mandarin (not sure if this is part of the farm or not!?). Other fauna - RabbitsGrey Squirrels a Roe Deer when I was leaving the car park, 2 Drinker caterpillars by the Hide, Common Carder-bee, 2 White-tailed Bumblebee, hundreds of slugs and snails, mostly White-lipped but also Brown-lipped, Kentish Snail, Strawberry Snail, Garden Snail, Black Slug, Yellow Slug, Tree Slug + others I didn't recognise. Flowering flora included Cowslip, Cow Parsley, Ground Ivy, Bluebell, Red Campion and Common Comfrey. (Nigel Sluman)

 Drinker caterpillar (Nigel Sluman)

 Drinker caterpillar (Nigel Sluman)

Mouldon Park CP: Went in search of Grasshoppers Warbler today and managed to locate one singing away. Also got a couple more year ticks with several Sedge and Reed Warbler, and Common Whitethroats. (Nigel Sluman)

Ravensroost: 2 Lesser Whitethroats and 2 Garden Warblers. (Robin Griffiths)

Blakehill: 2 Cuckoos, 8 Wheatears, 2 Curlews, Raven and 2 Lesser Whitethroats. (Robin Griffiths)

Freshbrook: There are Tree Bumblebees, bombus hypnorum nesting in a Nest Box. (Deb Bowditch)

Savernake: Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Barn Owl. (Malcolm Royal)

Froxfield: 3 Little Egret and 3 Lapwing. (Malcolm Royal)

Stanton Park: Today at Stanton lots of Great Tits, Blue Tits, Nuthatch, both terrapins and our first 2 Broad-bodied Chaser's of the year, that had just emerged. (Dave Butcher / Gary Chalker)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Dave Butcher)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Gary Chalker)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Gary Chalker)

Stratton Wood: Highlights from a late morning walk around the wood were 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler and oddly enough a male House Sparrow. which was chirping away in the middle of a bush in the wood. Butterflies seen were Orange-tip, Peacock, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Large Cabbage White and Holly Blue. Other Insects seen were: St Mark's Fly, Drone Fly, Bee-fly, Common Wasp and possibly a Lasioglossum leucozonium. More on my Blog Here. (Martin Adlam)

Garden Warbler (Martin Adlam)

Willow Warbler (Martin Adlam)

Orang-tip (Martin Adlam)

A female Brimstone (Martin Adlam)

St Mark's Fly (Martin Adlam)

Coate Water:Coate Water was popular today with sightings and photographs from Gary Chalker, Dave Dunn and Graham Cox. See below..........

Gary Chalker
I went to Coate water this morning to try to get some Blackcap pictures I saw both male and female but only managed to get shots of the female. (Gary Chalker)

A female Blackcap (Gary Chalker)

A female Blackcap (Gary Chalker)

A female Blackcap (Gary Chalker)

Dave Dunn
Also at Coate today two nice fly-bys by the Kingfisher. Also present Little Egret, Ruddy Shelduck and Common Sandpiper. (Dave Dunn)

Little Egret and Mute Swan (Dave Dunn)

Ruddy Shelduck (Dave Dunn)

Ruddy Shelduck (Dave Dunn)

Common Sandpiper (Dave Dunn)

Graham Cox
At Coate Water today a pair of Mute Swans mating and a Little Egret on the island at Hide 2. Also 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 ShelduckGadwallTufted DucksMallards, 3 Cormorants, 12 Grey HeronsSwallowsHouse Martins, 3 Buzzards and 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (Graham Cox)

Mute Swan (Graham Cox)

Mute Swans (Graham Cox)

Little Egret (Graham Cox)

Little Egret (Graham Cox)

Little Egret (Graham Cox)

Little Egret (Graham Cox)

A drake Tufted Duck (Graham Cox)

CWP Pits 74 and 83: 5 Whimbrel on Pit 74 viewable from Twitchers' Gate this evening and a lone individual in field by Pit 83. More on CWP Blog Here.

Wroughton: Spent today with the Water Voles.  They are very active now with some young ones around too, though a bit shy.  Ahead of Wichelstowe development works, around 60 of the voles from the nearby canal, are to be re-homed  in the River Meon in Hampshire, where the creatures are considered locally extinct. (Marlene Finlayson)

Water Vole (Marlene Finlayson)

Water Vole (Marlene Finlayson)

Water Vole (Marlene Finlayson)

Water Vole (Marlene Finlayson)

29 Apr 14

Chiseldon: This morning, Corn Bunting, Skylark, Whitethroat and Garden Warbler. (Malcolm Royal)

Railway Path (Chiseldon): This evening, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker and also a couple of bats flying around. (Malcolm Royal)

Broadbush: I sat in a car down my drive to see if I could catch the Bullfinches before they get on the feeders, I had some success. Today there were 2 pairs of Bullfinch, numerous Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Magpies, Jackdaws, Stock Doves, Collared Doves and Wood Pigeons. (Gary Chalker)

Bullfinch (Gary Chalker)

Bullfinch (Gary Chalker)

Chaffinch (Gary Chalker)

Chaffinch (Gary Chalker)

Greenfinch (Gary Chalker)

Greenfinch (Gary Chalker)

Jackdaw (Gary Chalker)

Magpie (Gary Chalker)

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Cotswold Water Park

CWP: No sign of any Whimbrel by pit 83 at midday today, but there were 4 Hobbies over pit 57. (Jon Mercer)

28 Apr 14

Shaw Forest: 2 Swallow, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat and Jay. 5 new birds for the year list today. (Matt Pringle)

Mouldon Hill Country Park: Highlights from an excellent walk around the park today were 1 Little Grebe, Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 12+ Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 15+ Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 14+ Blackcap, 21+ Chiffchaff and 6 Willow Warbler. Also seen a stag Roe Deer. More on my Blog Here. (Martin Adlam)

Cuckoo (Martin Adlam)

Grasshopper Warbler (Martin Adlam)

Sedge Warbler (Martin Adlam)

Sedge Warbler Singing (Martin Adlam)

Common Whitethroat (Martin Adlam)

Roe Deer (Martin Adlam)

Also at Mouldon Hill Country Park: 4 Grasshopper Warblers (2 showing very well on one patch of bramble. Displaying with shuddering wings and cocked tail which lead to mating), 14 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Swallow, Cuckoo (Brilliant views), Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Jay. Best days birding I've had in my local area for a long time. (Matt Pringle)

Nythe: This afternoon a Red Kite over the estate being mobbed by a dozen or so large gulls. (Martin Adlam)

Red Kite (Martin Adlam)

Red Kite (Martin Adlam)

Coate Water: At Coate today, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Shelduck, 4 Cormorants, 15 Grey Herons, Gadwall, Mallards and Tufted Ducks, Canada Geese, Mute Swans, Coots with young, Moorhens and 4 pairs of Great Crested Grebes. Other birds seen were Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Wren, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chaffinches, 1 Magpie, 4 Carrion Crows, 2 Goldcrests and 1 Song Thrush. Also seen were Rabbits and 1 young female Muntjac at Hide 2. (Graham Cox, Tony Martin, Brian and Dave Dunne)

Great Crested Grebe (Graham Cox)

Coot chick (Graham Cox)

A drake Tufted Duck (Graham Cox)

Ruddy Shelduck (Graham Cox)

Ruddy Shelduck (Graham Cox)

Ruddy Shelduck (Graham Cox)

Ruddy Shelduck (Graham Cox)

Wren (Graham Cox)

A young female Muntjac (Graham Cox)

CWP pit 83: The 6 Whimbrel are still in the field by pit 83 mid afternoon today. More on the CWP Blog here. (Jon Mercer)

Whimbrel (Jon Mercer)

Whimbrel (Jon Mercer)