30 Jun 14

Cricklade: Yellow Wagtail over to SE at 8:00am. (Robin Griffiths)

Nythe: When the sun came out the Buddleia came alive with dozens of Drone Flies, hoverflies and a Small Tortoiseshell. (Martin Adlam)

Drone Fly (Martin Adlam)

Small Tortoiseshell (Martin Adlam)

Ravensroost and Red Lodge: Today there were loads of White Admirals, Comma, Red Admirals and Silver-washed Fritillary plus all the usual suspects. (Gary Chalker)

Silver-washed Fritillary (Gary Chalker)

Silver-washed Fritillary (Gary Chalker)

Comma (Gary Chalker)

Also at Ravensroost: Back again today, still lots of White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell. Also today the Tawny Owl didn't get away this time, after the Blackbirds told me where it was in the wood. (Tony Martin)

Tawny Owl (Tony Martin)

Rockley: An evening walk at Rockley and there were Hares all over the place! (Jim Day)

Hare (Jim Day)

Hare (Jim Day)

29 Jun 14

Purton: 2 Ravens soaring over Purton late morning. (Jon Mercer)

Ravens (Jon Mercer)

Raven (Jon Mercer)

Nightingale Wood: Today I had my first male Beautiful Demoiselle for the year and a Small Skipper. There were also lots of Cinnabar caterpillars about. Also seen Small Tortoiseshell, Marbled White, Ringlet, Comma and Meadow Brown. (Tony Martin)

Beautiful Demoiselle (Tony Martin)

Small Skipper (Tony Martin)

Small Skipper (Tony Martin)

Caterpillars of the Cinnabar moth (Tony Martin)

Small Tortoiseshell (Tony Martin)

Stanton Park: Back at Stanton Park not a lot going on, but I did fined what I think is a Ruddy Darter. (Tony Martin)

Ruddy Darter (Tony Martin)

Avebury to Swindon:
11 Swifts over the Great Barn at Avebury.
Heading out of Avebury along Green Street there were 10+ each of Swallows and House Martins gathering mud from the puddles outside Manor Farm.
4 Skylarks, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Raven on the way up to the Ridgeway.
A family group of 6 Whitethroats, 5 Skylarks, 8 Yellowhammers and a Red Kite along the Ridgeway.
A female Broad Bodied Chaser egg laying at the Glory Ann dew pond.
6 Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks, 8 Swifts, 2 Swallows and a Buzzard at Barbury Castle.
Butterflies seen along the Ridgeway included lots of Small Tortoiseshell & Meadow Brown, Marbled White, Large Skipper, Red Admiral, Small Heath, 5-spot Burnet Moths and Peacock Caterpillars.
3 Yellowhammers, several Linnets & Chaffinches, 2 Swifts and a Buzzard along the road down from Barbury.
15 + Swallows around stables and another Red Kite at Alexandra Park.
A Chiffchaff feeding young and a Buzzard at Burderop Wood.
Brown Hawker and Emperor Dragonflies along the old Marlborough Lane north of the M4 and a Scarlet Tiger Moth in Drove Road.
(Trevor & Sue Clayson)

House Martin (Sue Clayson)

Swallows and a House Martin (Sue Clayson)

Swallows and a House Martin (Sue Clayson)

House Martins (Sue Clayson)

Small Heath (Sue Clayson)

5-spot Burnet moth (Sue Clayson)

Large Skipper (Sue Clayson)

The caterpillar of the Peacock Butterfly (Sue Clayson)

Scarlet Tiger moth (Sue Clayson)

Mouldon Hill: I returned to Moulden Hill Lake today to play with a new toy - a Sony bridge camera.  Usual birds there but not orange neck-collared NL amongst the Canada Geese.  (Richard Williams)

Rabbit (Richard Williams)

Black-headed Gull (Richard Williams)

Great Crested Grebe (Richard Williams)

Mute Swan (Richard Williams)

Magpie (Richard Williams)

Coot (Richard Williams)

28 Jun 14

Nythe: At 6:15am a Willow Warbler was heard singing briefly from the Whitebeam across the road from the house. This evening ahead of another heavy shower a pair of Swifts. (Martin Adlam)

Nightingale Wood: Highlights from a short walk early this morning, to Brook Meadow and back to the car park were Birds: 4 Buzzard, a Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Garden Warbler, 7 Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Jay, 3 Linnet and Reed Bunting. Butterflies: 1 Meadow Brown, 6 Ringlets and 3 Marbled White. More on my Blog Here. (Martin Adlam)

Common Whitethroat (Martin Adlam)

Marbled White (Martin Adlam)

Roe Deer (Martin Adlam)

Black Slug (Martin Adlam)

Oakhurst: In the garden this evening was this nice Large Skipper. (Bob Shiret)

Large Skipper (Bob Shiret)

Eysey: Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 5 Little Ringed Plover,  2 Little Egret, adult Yellow Legged Gull and Yellow Wagtail. More on CWP Blog. (Nigel Pleass)

Haydon End: I had a new species this evening as I came home and found a Leopard Slug waiting on the doormat. (Nigel Sluman) NB. More on Leopard Slugs Here

27 Jun 14

Nythe: A Morning-glory Plume Moth was in the Kitchen this morning, my first of the year. In the evening a male Sparrowhawk was very vocal as he flew over the house and over the estate the unmistakeable sound of Swifts screeching, with at least 4 birds noted. (Martin Adlam)


26 Jun 14

Cricklade: Peregrine soaring and 3 Curlews over to SE. (Robin Griffiths)

Kingshill: I took my usual walk down the canal today and had some firsts for me. A Little Egret and a Green Woodpecker being fed. Also seen the resident Grey Heron. (Dave Dunn)

Green Woodpecker (Dave Dunn)

Adult Green Woodpecker feeding juvenile (Dave Dunn)

Little Egret (Dave Dunn)

Little Egret (Dave Dunn)

Little Egret (Dave Dunn)

Grey Heron (Dave Dunn)

Nightingale Wood: Sightings included a Roe Deer, Rabbits and several Banded Demoiselle. Butterflies seen were Marbled White, Small Tortoiseshell, Skippers and Ringlets. Also spotted a Pyramidal Orchid. (Marlene Finlayson)

Banded Demoiselle (Marlene Finlayson)

Pyramidal Orchid (Marlene Finlayson)

Also at Nightingale Wood: Had a pleasant walk in the woods this morning and recorded these butterflies, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Marbled White, Large Skipper, Small Skipper and Small Tortoiseshell. Moths seen were 5-Spot Burnet and 6-spot Burnet, Yellow Shell and Cinnabar. By the brook several Banded and Beautiful Demoiselles. Also seen Lacewing, Rabbit, Roe Deer and a single Pyramidal Orchid. (Maurice Carne)

Banded Demoiselle (Maurice Carne)

Beautiful Demoiselle (Maurice Carne)

Marbled White (Maurice Carne)

Pyramidal Orchid (Maurice Carne)

Lawn: I was eating a hard-boiled egg in the summerhouse, with the door to the garden generously open.
The egg was on its own on a plate. The phone rang and I went to answer it.
After a few minutes I returned to my meal to find a Magpie standing on the large dining table, enjoying what remained of my meal. Immediately he flew off, leaving me with the unappetising detritus, which I then threw onto the grass.
Whereupon, the left-overs were immediately seized upon by the same Magpie, who rapidly took to the skies with the egg in his beak. Definitely a victory for Pica Pica!! (Felicity Cobb)

Red Lodge: A trip today to Red Lodge and Ravensroost produced both White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary. On the way out of Ravensroost we got this caterpillar which will turn into a Peacock Butterfly and we also had a Tawny Owl fly across in front of us being chased by two Blackbirds. (Tony Martin)

White Admiral (Tony Martin)

Silver-washed Fritillary (Tony Martin)

Silver-washed Fritillary (Tony Martin)

Silver-washed Fritillary (Tony Martin)

The caterpillar of the Peacock butterfly (Tony Martin)