30 Nov 14

Coate Water: Birds seen today 2 Kingfishers, 1 male Goosander, 3 Grey Herons, 20 Cormorants, Gadwall, Wigeon, Shoveler, Mallard, Teal, Tufted Ducks, Mute Swans, Coots, Moorhens, 1 Water Rail, 1 Stonechat, 60+ Lapwings, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Wrens, 3 Dunnocks, 50+ Goldfinches, 2 Jays, 2 Robins, Blue Tits and Great Tits. Also seen 1 Roe Deer. (Graham Cox, Tony Martin and Andrew Sloane)

Mute Swan (Graham Cox)

Drake Gadwall (Graham Cox)

A pair of Gadwall (Graham Cox)

Drake Gadwall (Graham Cox)

Female Gadwall (Graham Cox)

Nightingale Wood: Woodcock, Chiffchaff, Raven, 600 Redwing and 100 Fieldfare. (Graham Deacon)

CWP Pit74: Jack Snipe, Woodcock, 11 Snipe, 534 Wigeon, 27 Gadwall, 18 Shoveler, 8 Goldeneye, 130 Greylag Geese, 150 Lapwing, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler and Chiffchaff. (Nigel Pleass)

Blakehill:  Short-eared Owl being harassed by crows. (Dave Soons)

Note: First Short-eared Owl to be recorded this year within 10 miles of Swindon.

29 Nov 14

CWP Waterhay: 2 Ravens and 2 Cetti's Warblers singing. (Robin Griffiths / John Durell et al.)

CWP Pit 59: 18 Little Egret, 2 Gadwall, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff and Snipe. (Robin Griffiths / John Durell et al.)

CWP Pit 72: 8 Curlew, 3 Shoveler and Green Woodpecker. (Robin Griffiths / John Durell et al.)

CWP Pit 68: Pair Pintail and c500 Lapwings. (Robin Griffiths / John Durell et al.)

CWP Pit 82: 5 Goldeneye. (Robin Griffiths / John Durell et al.)

Blakehill: 3 Ravens, Reed Bunting, 16 Goldfinch, c75 Fieldfares and c50 Redwings. Also a Red Admiral. (Robin Griffiths / John Durell et al.)

Nightingale Wood: 2 Chiffchaff and 400 Redwing. (Graham Deacon)

Purton:  Berry update - 4 Blackbirds have completely stripped the tree of its remaining berries, in the space of 2-3 hours this morning....... pics of male and female, slightly misty as early morning fog. They have now started on the neighbour's tree...... (Jon Mercer)

Male Blackbird (Jon Mercer)

Female Blackbird (Jon Mercer)

28 Nov 14

Swindon: Along the railway path from Akers Way to Swindon Town a Weasel was hunting today. (Bob Shiret)

Oakhurst: In our garden we had a Jay, Redwing, Fieldfare, male Blackcap and a Wren. (Bob Shiret)

Fieldfare (Bob Shiret)

27 Nov 14

Nythe: Quite a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls overhead tonight with 217 recorded in 16 minutes as they headed north. More on my Blog Here. (Martin Adlam)

Just a few of the Lesser Black-backed Gulls heading off to roost. (Martin Adlam)

26 Nov 14

Liden Lagoon: What a surprise I had when I paid Liden Lagoon a quick visit. There on the water was Yellow-legged Gull, which frustratingly took off and headed north revealing its yellow legs. Also about a Little Grebe, 2 Cormorants and overhead a Sparrowhawk. More on my Blog Here. (Martin Adlam)

The juvenile Mute Swans are doing well at Liden Lagoon. (Martin Adlam)

25 Nov 14

Purton: The garden berry tree early morning.....1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrushes and 4 Blackbirds disputing the berries. (Jon Mercer)

Song Thrush (Jon Mercer)

Song Thrush (Jon Mercer)

24 Nov 14

Nightingale Wood: 3 Chiffchaff, 12 Jay and 500 Redwing. (Phil & Graham Deacon)

23 Nov 14

Mouldon Hill: 7 Reed Bunting, 5 Water Rail, 4 Chiffchaff and 50 Redwing. (Matt Prior)

Haydon End: Had a new visitor out the front today. Out of the corner of my eye at dinner I saw a few birds fly past, usually means they've been disturbed by cats or people walking past, but this time I caught sight of a male Sparrowhawk perched in the tree above the feeders. No doubt he'll be back again! (Nige Sluman)
Coate Water: Below a few reports and lovely photos from Coate today courtesy of Malcolm RoyalRichard Williams and Ian Stewart.

Malcolm Royal
At Coate today 14 Snipe, 80+ Teal, 92 Canada Geese, 41 Black-headed Gulls, 50 Pied Wagtails, Green Woodpecker and Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Malcolm Royal)

Richard Williams
I made a complete circuit of Coate Water this afternoon. At the top of the lake were the usual Black-headed Gulls, Mallards, Mute Swans, Wood Pigeons, Feral Pigeons and a few Cormorants flying over.  Along towards the golf course Jackdaws, Magpies, Carrion Crows, Blue Tits, a Pied Wagtail, several Goldcrests, Blackbirds and a Song Thrush.  At the back end of the main lake a group of 70 Coots, Moorhens, Robin on the bird table with a Grey Squirrel, Gadwall, a group of Long-tailed Tits (c10 in number), Great Crested Grebes, Canada Geese, Rooks and Chaffinch.
Additional species at Bird Hide 2: 6 Teal, many Tufted Ducks, Great Tits and a male Great Spotted Woodpecker, with a female seen on the path back.
Additional species at Bird Hide 1 (where I was pleased to meet Tony Martin and Graham Cox) were Wren, Dunnock and Kingfisher.
Walking back: Starling
31 species recorded but no sign of the pair of Goldeneye seen by Tony and Graham yesterday. (Richard Williams)

Gadwall (Richard Williams)

Moorhen (Richard Williams)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Richard Williams)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Richard Williams)

Ian Stewart
Today at Coate there was a male Stonechat, 3 x Water Rail, Kingfisher and Little Grebe. Also lots of Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler and Wigeon. (Ian Stewart)

Water Rail (Ian Stewart)

22 Nov 14

Coate Water: A pair of Goldeneye seen today plus a Treecreeper. (Helen Sly, Tony Martin and Graham Cox).

A pair of Goldeneye. (Helen Sly)

Treecreeper (Helen Sly)

CWP Pit 82/83: Wheatear and 4 drake Goldeneye. (Robin Griffiths / John Durell)

Wheatear (Robin Griffiths / John Durell)

CWP Pit 59: Green Sandpiper, at least 24 roosting Little Egrets and 2 Little Grebes. (Robin Griffiths / John Durell)

CWP Pit 68: 2 Chiffchaffs, hordes of winter thrushes, Curlews heard and 3 Little Grebes. (Robin Griffiths / John Durell)

Swindon STW: Jack Snipe, 20 Snipe, 10 Water Rail and 2 Chiffchaff. (Matt Prior, Simon Wicks, Alexander Macintosh)

Nightingale Wood: Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Fieldfare, 7 Snipe and 8 Greylag Geese over. (Malcolm Royal)

Froxfield: 3 Little Egret. (Malcolm Royal)

21 Nov 14

Nythe: Still a few Frogs about, this one was on his way out of the pond heading to the lawn. No doubt after a few slugs. (Martin Adlam)

Frog (Martin Adlam)

Frog (Martin Adlam)

20 Nov 14

BlakehillLittle Owl calling, 3 Stonechats, at least 5 Reed Buntings and Green Woodpecker (Robin Griffiths)

Nythe: 60+ Redwing heading east over the estate at 3:50pm. (Martin Adlam)

Liden Lagoon: Highlights of a walk around the lagoon were 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Tufted Duck, 5 Goosander (3 drake + 2 female), 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 Siskin. Also 2 Grey Squirrels. More on my Blog Here. (Martin Adlam)

Two of the 3 drake Goosander at the lagoon today. (Martin Adlam)

One of the 2 female Goosander at the lagoon today. (Martin Adlam)

A Cormorant dries his wings. (Martin Adlam)

19 Nov 14

CWP Pit 74: Viewed from Twitcher's Gate between 8:30am - 9:00am, 8 Goldeneye, 2 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 12 Wigeon, 14 Coot, 2 Little Egret, Grey Heron, 6 Cormorant, 100+ Greylag Geese, 2 Bullfinch, c30 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 9 Blackbird, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Robin, 3 Wren, 3 Cetti's Warbler and Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Nige Sluman)

18 Nov 14

Folly Farm: I went to Folly farm this morning and saw loads of Linnets, Yellowhammers, Goldfinch, 2 Wrens, 1 Pied Wagtail, loads of Fieldfare and 1 Meadow Pipit. (Gary Chalker)

Goldfinch (Gary Chalker)

Linnet (Gary Chalker)

Yellowhammer (Gary Chalker)

Yellowhammer (Gary Chalker)

Smeathes Ridge: It was sunny this afternoon and we walked down Smeathes Ridge and back along parallel lower path to shooting area then back up the road to car park.
Mistle Thrush in hedge on approach to Barbury Castle. About 6 Blackbirds in hedge of Ridgeway Farm. Kestrel hunting over wide grass area for some time and chased by Rooks. Selection of winter thrushes in trees along lower path. Young Hare seen at close quarters. He then took off across the fields. Charm of Goldfinches in trees on LHS. Various Rabbits seen bolting into undergrowth and a few unwary Pheasants on the approach road to Barbury, mostly male. (Felicity Cobb)

Hannington Wick: 22 species seen on a lunchtime bike ride today. The highlights were, Kingfisher, 2 Pied Wagtails and a Grey Heron on the Thames, Meadow Pipit, 15 Yellowhammers, 30 Fieldfare/Redwings, 3 Bullfinches, 12 Long-tailed Tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Kestrels. A Buzzard and 2 Jays at Lushill on the way back (I've seen the Jays almost every time I've travelled through in the last week or so). (Steve Davies)

Wroughton Reservoir: 12 Little Grebes, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan and Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Malcolm Royal)

Wroughton Airfield: c300 Fieldfare, 2 Kestrel and 3 Buzzard. (Malcolm Royal)

Barbury Castle area: 35 Linnet, 2 Corn Buntings and 2 House Sparrow. (Malcolm Royal)

Marlborough Downs: Taking advantage of the sunny afternoon we walked from Marlborough to Avebury. We began with 4 Red Kites, 2 over Rockley interacting with each other and another 2 over the trees towards Ogbourne Maizey. 2 Buzzards were over Barton Down. 20+ Redwings eating berries in the hedgerow & 3 Red-legged Partridge in a stubble field at Manton Down. 2 Ravens, 2 more Red Kites, a Buzzard, a Kestrel harassed by 3 Crows & 4 Meadow Pipits were around Delling Copse. 4 Stonechats (1 male) & 10+ Linnets were on the muck heap alongside the track down to Avebury. 8 Pied Wagtails on rooftops in Avebury Village & a Kestrel still hunting over the stones at dusk. (Trevor & Sue Clayson)

Red Kite (Sue Clayson)

Stonechat (Sue Clayson)

17 Nov 14

Nythe: I was out in the back garden this afternoon and a female Grey Wagtail landed on the fence next to me. First here for a long time. (Martin Adlam)

Coate Water: A dull and rainy day at Coate Water. Birds seen 2 Kingfishers, Gadwall, Shovelers, Mallards, Teal, Wigeon, Tufted Ducks, 3 Grey Herons, 14 Cormorants, Coots, Moorhens, Mute Swans, Water Rail heard, Cetti's Warbler heard, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Snipe, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Goldcrests, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tits, 2 Dunnocks, 2 Robins, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Jay and 2 Magpies. On the mammal front 2 Squirrels and 1 Rat. (Graham Cox, Helen Sly, Tony Martin, Dave Dunn and Dave King)

Dunnock (Graham Cox)

Wren (Graham Cox)

Rat (Graham Cox)

Grey Squirrel (Graham Cox)

16 Nov 14

Blunsdon: At 11:45am a huge flock of 200+ Redwing heading south-east with a flock of 50+ Lapwing close behind. (Martin Adlam)

15 Nov 14

Nythe Pool and Shaftesbury Avenue Pool: The highs of a midday walk between the pools were a Grey Heron, lots of Blackbirds and Goldcrests. The low was seeing some sort of pollutant in Dorcan stream that flows between the two pools. More on my Blog Here. (Martin Adlam)

A Grey Heron waits patiently for a meal at Nythe Pool. (Martin Adlam)

However 200 metres upstream pollutions strikes Dorcan Stream with a steady flow of some pollutant on the water. (Martin Adlam)

Toothill: A day at home for me with jobs including cleaning the feeders and also the nest boxes.  The single box had what seemed to be an incomplete nest while the sparrow terrace had nests in both "wings" (Ha!) but with the central one vacant: this copied last year's pattern and tends to be used as a rubbish area.  There was a dead chick in one of the nests.
There was quite a bit of activity in and around the garden with Long-tailed Tits (the first recorded visit this year!) and a Pied Wagtail being the interesting visitors to join the usual crew of Robin, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Goldfinches, Magpies, Rook, Jackdaws, Wood Pigeons, Collared Doves, Starlings, House Sparrows, Blackbirds and Lesser Black-backed Gulls overhead. (Richard Williams)

CWP Pit 12 and Kent End Farm Quarry: After a foggy start this morning where the only birds seen had almost to be in touching distance for a positive identification we retired to the Gateway for a second breakfast thinking our next move might be returning home. However by the time we had eaten it was brightening up so we continued our walk. There were 3 Goldeneye on CWP 12 and the best of the waterbirds on a Wiltshire lake were at Kent End - 2 Mute Swans, 3 Pied Wagtails, 23 Black-headed Gulls, 23 Lapwing, 31 Pochard, 3 Little Grebes, 4 Cormorant, 2 Tufted Ducks, 3 Teal, a Green Sandpiper, a Snipe, 3 Moorhen, a Coot, a Greylag Goose and 89 Canada Geese, 12 with red collars. All our sightings are on the CWP blog Here. Trevor & Sue Clayson)

14 Nov 14

Purton: 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 2 (dark-billed) continental Blackbirds disputing the berry tree this morning...... (Jon Mercer)

Nythe: I did my roost watch this evening with the main highlights being the 319 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Redwing and a Meadow Pipit passing overhead. More on my Blog Here. (Martin Adlam)

Coate Water: This afternoon at Hide 1, 3 Kingfishers, 6 Great Crested Grebes, Gadwall, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Ducks, Shovelers, Mallards, 2 Grey Herons, 14 Cormorants, Moorhens, Coots, 2 Jays, 2 Dunnocks, 1 Robin, Blue Tits, Great Tits and 1 female Great Spotted Woodpecker. On the mammal front, 1 Bank Vole and 1 Grey Squirrel. (Graham Cox, Tony Martin and Dave Dunn)

Gadwall (Graham Cox)

Gadwall (Graham Cox)

Jay (Graham Cox)

13 Nov 14

Swindon: After yesterday's 95 or so Starlings in the garden they have been back today, again at around lunchtime, and seen away a whole litre of Starling bar fat in the process. The ''dawn chorus'' of Starlings & Sparrows is also quite impressive. There are probably a  couple of dozen Starlings that seem to be in the area most of the time. (Trevor & Sue Clayson)

12 Nov 14

Nythe: Flitting about in the garden this afternoon a Red Admiral. Also a large Bumblebee seen. (Martin Adlam)

11 Nov 14

Swindon: An incredible 95 (at least) Starlings in the garden at lunchtime, swarming over the feeders like a plague of locusts, retreating to the roof when disturbed by open mouthed passers by. These were just part of a larger group that headed off towards the railway after about 10 minutes. (Trevor and Sue Clayson)

Purton: The Mistle Thrush is still guarding the garden berry tree from all other thrush species, and gradually eating the berries......but is very wary. Also a Red Kite over this morning. (Jon Mercer)

Mistle Thrush (Jon Mercer)

Mistle Thrush (Jon Mercer)

Mistle Thrush (Jon Mercer)

CWP Pit 29: Female Common Scoter. More on the CWP Blog Here. (Stephen Edwards)

CWP Pit 82: 2 Jack Snipe and Common Snipe. (Stephen Edwards)

10 Nov 14

Coate Water: Spent a couple of hours walking around the lake this morning, very overcast but nice to be out and about. Large number of Mute Swans, Mallards, Canada Geese and Black-headed Gulls. Also seen Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Ducks, Coot, Moorhen, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Jackdaw, Cormorant and Grey Heron.
Other birds seen were Blackbird, Magpie, Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit and a small flock of Long-tailed Tits passing through.
My highlight of the day was crossing the causeway bridge on the way back.  The sound of Kingfishers drew my attention, and I was amazed to see 3 chasing each other in a large circle across the bay, very close to the water. No chance to get a shot as they were gone in seconds. (Maurice Carne)

Great Crested Grebe (Maurice Carne)

Mute Swans (Maurice Carne)

Also at Coate Water: At The Hides today 2 Kingfishers, 2 pairs of Little Grebes, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Shovelers, Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, Wigeon, Tufted Ducks, 4 Grey Herons, 14 Cormorants, 6 Great Crested Grebes, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tits, Wren, Robin and Chaffinch. Also 1 Bank Vole at Hide 1. (Graham Cox, Tony Martin, Helen Sly and Brian Waller).

Little Grebe (Graham Cox)

Little Grebe (Graham Cox)

A drake Shoveler (Graham Cox)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Long-tailed Tit (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

CWP Pit 32: 9 Mute Swans, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 33 Tufted Duck, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 10 Mallard, 160+ Coot, 7 Moorhen, 50+ Black-headed Gull, a Common Gull and 25+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls. More on the CWP Blog Here. (Sue and Trevor Clayson)