30 Apr 15

Oakhurst
Location

Hoopoe heard from our Oakhurst garden by my wife and myself, only for a couple of seconds but unmistakeable. Definitely worthwhile keeping a lookout in the area. (Bob Shiret)

Mouldon Hill
Location

Barn Owl this evening. (Matt Pringle)

CWP Pit 74
Location

A quick look late morning from Twitchers Gate: 2 Common Sandpiper, 25+ Swift, Hobby, Nightingale and 20+ Sand Martin. (Ian Searle)

Broadbush
Location

This morning I got up to find a second Large White pupa had emerged having seen them both crawling up a wall by a window as caterpillars late last year,after it had fully dried out I opened the window and off it went. (Gary Chalker)

Large White (Gary Chalker)

Large White (Gary Chalker)

Stanton Park
Location

At Stanton today we saw Orange-tips, Green-veined Whites, a Peacock, Holly Blues, Speckled Wood, Broad-bodied Chasers, Four-spotted Chasers and a Drinker moth caterpillar. (Gary Chalker, Tony Martin and Mike Nicholls)

Green-veined White (Gary Chalker)

Speckled Wood (Gary Chalker)

Orange-tip (Gary Chalker)

Four-spotted Chaser (Gary Chalker)

Four-spotted Chaser (Tony Martin)

Four-spotted Chaser (Tony Martin)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Tony Martin)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Tony Martin)

Drinker Moth caterpillar (Tony Martin)

Pinehurst
Location

In the garden this afternoon a Holly Blue. Managed a record shot before a gust of wind sent it skyward! (Maurice Carne)

Holly Blue (Maurice Carne)

29 Apr 15

Mouldon Hill
Location

Managed to get a quick walk in at Moulden Hill CP this morning before the rain descended! Added 2 more to the patch list, a stunning male Kestrel and a not so stunning Feral Pigeon, taking me to 38. Others seen were 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Blackcap, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Common Whitethroats, lost count of Sedge Warblers + other usual suspects. Also added my second mammal, a Grey Squirrel. (Nigel Sluman)

Ravensroost
Location

2 Marsh Tits, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Raven. (Robin Griffiths / John Durell / Jane Deacon / Hugh Slater / Trevor Simmonds)

Blakehill
Location

10 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 5 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, Redstart, Cuckoo and 2 Lesser Whitethroat. Also Common Lizard and 2 Slow Worms. (Robin Griffiths / John Durell / Jane Deacon / Hugh Slater / Trevor Simmonds)

28 Apr 15

Stanton Park
Location

This morning I saw 6 Broad-bodied Chasers by the Dragonfly ponds, which looked as if they only emerged today. (Gary Chalker)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Gary Chalker)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Gary Chalker)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Gary Chalker)

Coate Water
Location

At Coate today the Greylag Goose has still got all seven goslings and a few Canada Geese also have young. The Little Grebe was down at Hide 2 and the Treecreeper at Hide 1 with Common Sandpiper, Goldcrest, Reed Bunting and Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Tony Martin)

Little Grebe (Tony Martin)

Treecreeper (Tony Martin)

Treecreeper (Tony Martin)

CWP Pit 88
Location

2 Oystercatchers, 1 Barnacle Goose, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Little Egrets. More on CWP Blog Here. (Roly Pitts)

27 Apr 15

Purton
Location

A Common Whitethroat singing in hedge at bottom of garden this morning. (Jon Mercer)

Pentylands
Location

A short walk today for my lunch break and there were quite a few butterflies around, with Small Tortoishell and Orange-tips. The main highlight though was a Common Whitethroat, which was a first for me. (Neil George)

Common Whitethroat (Neil George)

Orange-tip (Neil George)

Orange-tip (Neil George)

Small Tortoiseshell (Neil George)

Small Tortoiseshell (Neil George)

Lydiard Plain
Location

On Lydiard Plain, near Braydon Manor, at about 3pm today there were 2 Buzzards, 1 Red Kite and 2 Ravens circling and having a bit of a tussle with each other. Quite low down although there were several gulls higher up so I suspect they had all found a thermal to soar about in. (Bob Philpott)

CWP Pit 74
Location

The highlights from our walk this afternoon in the Cotswold Water Park were 3 Hobbies hunting over CWP 74, 9 Swifts also over CWP 74 later in the afternoon, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Oystercatchers & a Common Sandpiper at Kent End, and a close encounter with another Common Sandpiper walking along the waters edge in front of the CWP 74 hide. The Hobbies, Swifts & Whimbrel were all Wiltshire firsts for this year. Whitethroats, Cetti's Warblers, Blackcaps, Sedge Warblers, Willow Warblers & Chiffchaffs were heard & sometimes seen throughout the walk along with a Lesser Whitethroat & Garden Warbler at CWP 74. All our sightings can be found on the CWP blog here. (Trevor and Sue Clayson)

Common Sandpiper (Sue Clayson)

Common Sandpiper (Sue Clayson)

Nythe
Location

Oh dear there I was thinking I've been seeing Drone Flies, Eristalis tenax for the past week or so, but it appears that they are actually Tapered Drone Flies which are more numerous in April. Eristalis tenax are abundant in March but come late April Eristalis pertinax take over. You live and learn.

Tapered Drone Fly, Eristalis pertinax (Martin Adlam)

26 Apr 15

CWP Pit 68d
Location

A male Wood Warbler singing at Pit 68d, along footpath between Waterhay car park and Friday Ham Lane. More CWP Blog Here. (Nigel Pleass)

CWP Pit 74
Location

3 Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit and 21 Dunlin. (Nigel Pleass)

CWP Pit 83
Location

This evening a Whimbrel in the field by Thames path. (Jon Mercer)

Whimbrel (Jon Mercer)

Nightingale Wood
Location

Cuckoo. (Graham Deacon)

Blakehill
Location

Whinchat and Lesser Whitethroat. (Robin Griffiths)

Nythe
Location

An interesting tussle this evening, a Raven and Carrion Crow seeing off a Sparrowhawk. When the Sparrowhawk moved on, the Carrion Crow then turned and had a go at the Raven. Earlier a Kingfisher flew over the estate from Dorcan Way heading towards Nythe Pool. (Martin Adlam)

Brinkworth
Location

A bit of a surprise when out walking near the house this evening a Woodcock roding on the East side of Ramps Hill this evening at 9:15pm. (Ian Searle)

Coate Water
Location

At Coate Water today 1st record of Greylag Geese with goslings, 3 Common Sandpipers, 1 Hobby, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 male and female Reed Buntings, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Sedge Warblers, 12 Grey Herons, 6 Cormorants, Gadwall, Shovelers, Tufted Ducks and Mallards, 6 Great Crested Grebes, male and female Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinches, 3 Dunnocks, 2 Wrens, Blue Tits, Great Tits and 2 Robins. Also 1 Brown Rat, a Grey Squirrel and 1 Roe Deer buck. (Graham Cox, Tony Martin, Andrew Sloane and Harry King)

Great Crested Grebe (Graham Cox)

Great Crested Grebe (Graham Cox)

Greylag Goose with goslings (Graham Cox)

Greylag Goose with goslings (Graham Cox)

The pair of Greylag Geese with their goslings (Graham Cox)

A duck Mallard with her ducklings (Graham Cox)

Common Sandpipers (Graham Cox)

Common Sandpiper (Graham Cox)

Chiffchaff (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

A male Reed Bunting (Graham Cox)

25 Apr 15

Aldbourne Area
Location

Got up at the crack of dawn and headed to the fields round Aldbourne and we'll worth the rise, with 9 Roe Deer, 3 Fallow Deer with the rest of the herd in the forest, Red Kites, Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, lots of Yellowhammers, Skylarks, various tits, Red-legged Partridge and hundreds of Pheasants, including some darker ones without neck rings. The highlights were 20+ Hares, with boxing and a stunning pair of Grey Partridge that were very close. (Martin Murray)

Bushton

I was out at Bushton to start my BBS survey just after 6:30 this morning: a pleasant morning indeed with plenty of birds to see and hear.

Here are the results: Canada Goose 2, Mallard 1, Pheasant 2, Buzzard 2, Lesser Black-backed Gull 3, Herring Gull 5, Stock Dove 2, Wood Pigeon 19, Great Spotted Woodpecker 4, Magpie NONE!!, Jackdaw 3, Rook 59, Carrion Crow 3, Blue Tit 12, Great Tit 4, Skylark 7, Swallow 5, Chiffchaff 9, Willow Warbler 1, Blackcap 1, Common Whitethroat 1, Wren 4, Starling 6, Blackbird 16, Song Thrush 3, Robin 6, Dunnock 7, House Sparrow 11, Chaffinch 19, Goldfinch 2 and Yellowhammer 3. Number of species 30

The highlights were, having heard a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming then seeing three fly out of a tree, and seeing my first Common Whitethroat of the year.

As I had taken a flask I stopped above Cliffe Peppard for a coffee and saw a Raven.

(Richard Williams)

24 Apr 15

CWP Pit 74
Location

A few hours at Pit 74 and I had my first Osprey of the year. Other birds included a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 4 Ravens, 2 Nightingales, Common Whitethroat, 6 Swift, Swallows, Blackcaps, Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, Red-crested Pochard, Greylag Goose, 2 Buzzards and a Garden Warbler. More on the CWP Blog Here. (Tony Martin)

Middeleaze
Location

Raven over. (Matt Pringle)

Mouldon Hill
I had a nice surprise with an Osprey heading north and 2 Peregrine Falcons flying over the Country Park this evening. (Nigel Sluman)

23 Apr 15

Haydon End

This morning in the trap at home there was a little more variety with 5 year ticks, including 2 lifers for me (the first 2): The StreamerPurple ThornLight Brown Apple Moth x4, Hebrew Character x2, Common Quaker, Red-green CarpetShuttle-shaped Dart and Horse-chestnut Leaf Miner. (Nigel Sluman)

Horse-chestnut Leaf Miner (Nigel Sluman)

Purple Thorn (Nigel Sluman)

Purple Thorn (Nigel Sluman)

Red-green Carpet (Nigel Sluman)

Shuttle-shaped Dart (Nigel Sluman)

The Streamer (Nigel Sluman)

Blakehill
Location

Cuckoo, 2 Wheatears, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 singing Common Whitethroats, 12 Linnets, 3 Pied Wagtails, 2 Red-legged Partridges and 2 Ravens. (Robin Griffiths)

Brinkworth
Location

15+ Buzzards at 4.30pm this afternoon, including a "kettle" of 10 birds. (Ian Searle)

Liddington Hill
Location

6 Ring Ouzels (Paul Ashley)

22 Apr 15

Old Town

Evening
Wood Warbler still singing briefly now in the avenue of Beech trees to the north of bandstand at 5:26pm (Paul Castle)

Late Morning
Wood Warbler still singing at 11:20am near the bandstand Here.
Also heard twice, see in flight, very elusive in beeches west of bandstand at 11:40am.  (Jon Mercer)

Early Morning
This morning at 7:30am on my walk to work through the Town Gardens Old Town, I saw and heard a singing male Wood Warbler near to the Westlecot Road entrance. (Paul Castle)


If you're fortunate enough to get to the Town Park and need help locating the Wood Warbler. Here is a male singing, which should help pinpoint it. And the link Here is a beautiful photograph of one taken by Steve Round.

Liddington Hill
Location

Today I saw Yellowhammer, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Robin, Blackbird, Chaffinch and Ring Ouzel. (Tim Smith)

Ring Ouzel (Tim Smith)

Nythe
Location

At first light a Blackcap singing from the Whitebeam across the road from the house and a Grey Wagtail over. (Martin Adlam)

Knighton
Location

This afternoon: Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo, Swallow, Red Kite and Buzzard. (Malcolm Royal)

Axford
Location

Heron, Mandarin, Gadwall and Black Swan. (Malcolm Royal)

Blakehill
Location

Whinchat and Wheatear. More on the WOS Site Here. (Andrew Dawson)

CWP Pit 74
Location

Lots of waders on the scrape this morning including Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit. More on the CWP Blog Here. (Kim Milsom)

Mouldon Hill
Location

Highlights were at least 5 Common Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler + other warblers, and a Pheasant heard, taking my patch list to 36. (Nigel Sluman)

21 Apr 15

Shaw Forest - Mouldon Hill - Peatmoor Loop

11 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 30+ Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 20+ Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 9 Jay and 2 Reed Bunting. (Matt Pringle)

Liddington Hill
Location

Ring Ouzels still at Liddington Hill. I definitely saw two different birds but reckon that there were up to six present.
Also seen, Yellowhammer, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Wren. Also a few Swallows and several butterflies, mainly Brimstone and Small Tortoishell along with a few Whites. (Malcolm Royal)

Swindon Area

I went to two locations north of Swindon today one for the Snakehead Fritillary’s and the other site for Common Lizard. (Tony Martin)

Snakehead Fritillary (Tony Martin)

Snakehead Fritillary (Tony Martin)

Common Lizard (Tony Martin)

Common Lizard (Tony Martin)

Common Lizard (Tony Martin)