31 Jul 14

Brinkworth - A Hobby flew low south over the garden at 9.05am plus Red Kite and up to 6 Buzzards hunting in the field behind after it was cut yesterday. (Ian Searle)

Braydon Forest: At "The Firs" wood in Braydon Forest this afternoon were : a rather worn Silver-washed Fritillary, several Green-veined Whites, 2 Buzzards, 2 Treecreepers, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and Jays (heard). (Bob Shiret)

Silver-washed Fritillary (Bob Shiret)

Nuthatch (Bob Shiret)

Nuthatch (Bob Shiret)

Treecreeper (Bob Shiret)

Green-veined White (Bob Shiret)

Barbury Castle: I had another trip to the castle grounds today as I wanted to get some mega close up shots of Chalkhill Blues. The Painted Lady was in exactly the same place as yesterday and there were loads of Chalkhill Blues, Common Blues, a Small Copper and a fleeting view of a Clouded Yellow. (Gary Chalker)

A female Chalkhill Blue (Gary Chalker)

A male Chalkhill Blue (Gary Chalker)

Small Copper (Gary Chalker)

Swindon: I found this Poplar Hawk-moth as it flew in to my cousins garage. I noticed where it flew to before it flew. It then landed on my neck I was amazed I have never seen one before. (Megan King)

Poplar Hawk-moth (Megan King)

Poplar Hawk-moth (Megan King)

Poplar Hawk-moth (Megan King)

30 Jul 14

Blakehill: At least 4 Redstarts, Lesser & Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaffs, Kestrel family, Skylark with food and c15 Linnets. (Robin Griffiths)

Nightingale Wood: Highlights from a very early walk around the wood were 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, Water Rail, 3 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 House Martin, 6 Swallow, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Common Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 14+ Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, several Goldcrest and Treecreepers, Linnet, Bullfinch and Yellowhammer. Mammals seen: 14+ Grey Squirrels and 2 Roe Deer. Also a Shaggy Bracket, Inonotus hispidus on an Ash Tree. More on my Blog Here. (Martin Adlam)

Treecreeper with a ring on its right leg (Martin Adlam)

Barn Swallow (Martin Adlam)

A male Linnet (Martin Adlam)

A Shaggy Bracket on an Ash tree (Martin Adlam)

Barbury Castle: I went up to Barbury Castle this morning and saw my 6th Painted Lady so far this year. Also loads of Chalkhill Blues, Brown Argus, Common Blues, Marbled Whites, Meadow Brown's, and Peacock's. (Gary Chalker)

Chalkhill Blue (Gary Chalker)

Chalkhill Blue (Gary Chalker)

Chalkhill Blue (Gary Chalker)

Chalkhill Blue - female (Gary Chalker)

Painted Lady (Gary Chalker)

Painted Lady (Gary Chalker)

Painted Lady (Gary Chalker)

Coate Water: First went to Coate Water, got a Meadow Grasshopper in the bottom field and in front of Hide 2 a Grey Wagtail and a fly-by Hobby. (Tony Martin)

Grey Wagtail (Tony Martin)

Meadow Grasshopper (Tony Martin)

Barbury Castle: All was quite at Coate, then I had a phone call from Gary Chalker telling me there was a Painted Lady at Barbury Castle. So in the car it was and got the butterfly straight away when Gary pinpointed the spot for me. Its taken me seven day's to get that one, but that's photography. (Tony Martin)

Small Tortoiseshell (Tony Martin)

Painted Lady (Tony Martin)

Painted Lady (Tony Martin)

Also at Barbury Castle: Sightings included Brown Argus, Chalkhill Blue, Small Skipper, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Small Copper butterflies. (Marlene Finlayson)

Chalkhill Blue (Marlene Finlayson)

Small Copper (Marlene Finlayson)

Small Skipper (Marlene Finlayson)

Highworth: Last nights trappings were 765 moths of 89 species:

Poplar Hawk-mothWillow Beauty x2, Yellow ShellShaded Broad-barRiband Wave x16, Red Twin-spot Carpet x7, Common Carpet x4, Small RivuletBrimstone Moth x5, Magpie x2, Blood-vein, Lime-speck Pug x4, Wormwood Pug, Pug sp. (possibly Maple, but don't think I'm going to get a definite ID), Swallow Prominent x2, Pale ProminentSallow KittenChinese CharacterCommon Footman x10, Scarce Footman x13, Ruby TigerCommon Wainscot x13, Smokey Wainscot x18, Dusky Sallow x16, Dun-bar x6, Marbled Beauty x6, Marbled Green, Coronet, Common Rustic agg. x201, Dark Arches x4, Grey\Dark Dagger agg.Dot Moth, Brown-line Bright-eye x4, Bright-line Brown-eye x2, Rosy Minor, Marbled Minor agg. x7, Mouse Moth x4, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x33, Least Yellow Underwing x9, Large Yellow Underwing x10, Lesser Yellow Underwing x2, Straw UnderwingUncertain\Rustic agg. x13, Straw Dot x6, The Spectacle x2, Flame Shoulder x64, Setaceous Hebrew Character x9, Shuttle-shaped Dart x2, Small Square-spot, Heart and Dart x2, Common Plume, Bird-cherry Ermine x6, Diamond-back Moth, Batia unitella x5, Swammerdamia pyrella, Coleophora trifolii x4, Blastobasis adustella x5, Acrobasis advenella, Ypsolopha sequella, Brown House Moth x2, Red-barred Tortrix x2, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix x4, Large Fruit-tree TortrixAcleris forsskaleana, Acleris lateranaAgapeta hamanaPammene fasciana x18, Cydia splendana x11, Eucosma obumbratanaAncylis badianaCodling Moth x11, Bud Moth x2, Celypha lacunanaCarcina quercanaCnephasia sp. x5, Scoparia pyralella x25, Scoparia ambigualis x2, Eudonia lacustrata, Eudonia mercurella x10, Crambus perlella x45, Crambus lathoniellus x15, Chrysoteuchia culmella x32, Agriphila straminella x12, Agriphila tristella x7, Agriphila selasella, Udea lutealis x5, Udea prunalis, Mother of Pearl x4 and Small Magpie. (Nigel Sluman)

Carcina quercana (Nigel Sluman)

Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (Nigel Sluman)

Least Yellow Underwing (Nigel Sluman)

Magpie (Nigel Sluman)

Mouse Moth (Nigel Sluman)

Pale Prominent (Nigel Sluman)

Red Twin-spot Carpet  (Nigel Sluman)

Sallow Kitten (Nigel Sluman)

Small Square-spot (Nigel Sluman)

Nythe: A couple of moths in the kitchen this morning a Marbled Beauty, Brimstone moth and one I've yet to identify. Also this evening the local pair of House Martins over the estate, 5 Swifts and a Sparrowhawk. (Martin Adlam)
Thank you to Nigel Sluman for the identification of the moth it is The Spectacle.

Brimstone Moth (Martin Adlam)

The Spectacle (Martin Adlam)

Sparrowhawk (Martin Adlam)

Croft/Pipers Way: In the shed of our allotment this afternoon, a rapidly-growing wasps' nest. (Felicity Cobb)

Wasp nest (Felicity Cobb)

Wasp nest (Felicity Cobb)

Wasp nest (Felicity Cobb)

29 Jul 14

Blakehill: This morning 2 Red Kites, 5 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, Redpoll over. 20+ Common Blue, 2 Small Skipper, 1 Marbled White, 1 Brimstone, Peacock, 50+ Gatekeepers, 100+ Meadow Browns and what I believe is a Black-tailed Skimmer. It performed very active bursts of low flight. (Jon Mercer)

Common Blue (Jon Mercer)

Common Blue (Jon Mercer)

Small Skipper (Jon Mercer)

Small Skipper (Jon Mercer)

Black-tailed Skimmer (Jon Mercer)

Nythe: In the back garden today a fly-by Speckled Wood and Gatekeeper. On the Buddleia a Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock and 2 Large Whites. This evening the local flock of Starlings reached 150+ before heading off to roost, whilst overhead a pair of House Martins again and 9 Swifts. (Martin Adlam)

Stanton Park: An early morning walk at Stanton Park resulted in a few Spotted Flycatchers.  At least 2 near the bee hives and a single bird near the lake below the hotel. Bonuses were Green Woodpecker and Great Spotted Woodpecker around the dead tree at the end of the lake.  Numerous Goldfinch of various ages with the odd Linnet and Greenfinch. (Bob Philpott)

Spotted Flycatcher (Bob Philpott)

A male Green Woodpecker (Bob Philpott)

Ravensroost Wood: I had a trip to Ravensroost today with Dave Butcher. We saw 4 White Admirals (a little past their best), several Peacocks, numerous Silver-Washed Fritillary including 3 female form valesina's, loads of Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Gatekeepers, Brimstone's, Large Whites, Small Skippers and Small Copper. (Gary Chalker)

White Admiral (Gary Chalker)

White Admiral (Gary Chalker)

Silver-washed Fritillary - the female form valesina (Gary Chalker)

Silver-washed Fritillary - the female form valesina (Gary Chalker)

Silver-washed Fritillary - the female form valesina (Gary Chalker)

Coate Water: I went to the hide at Coate Water today and there didn't seem to be much wildlife about. But I ended up staying 6 hours watching a family of Little Grebes which stayed in front of the hide most of the day - fishing and preening. Other sightings included a Kingfisher fly past, Grey Heron, Moorhens with young, a Coot collecting nesting material, Robin, 2 Cormorants, Buzzard, Tufted Duck, a few female Mallards and a Great Crested Grebe. Butterflies seen included Meadow Browns and 1 Common Blue. (Marlene Finlayson)

Little Grebes (Marlene Finlayson)

Little Grebe (Marlene Finlayson)

Little Grebe chick (Marlene Finlayson)

Little Grebes (Marlene Finlayson)

Moorhens (Marlene Finlayson)