31 May 15

Lawn
Location

A group of about 20 Swifts flying over Lawn towards Old Town this morning. Lovely to see. (Felicity Cobb)

Nythe
Location

Early this morning several House Martins over the estate. (Martin Adlam)

CWP Pit 74
Location

Sanderling, Greenshank and Oystercatcher. More on WOS Site Here (Nigel Pleass)

30 May 15

CWP Pit 74
Location

A half hour stop at Twitchers gate this morning produced: Several Common Whitethroats including one ringed bird and several with beaks full of food. Buzzard, Shelduck, Canada Geese pair with 12 goslings, 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Common Terns, Little Egret, Cuckoo heard, Raven, male Blackcap and Garden Warbler. (Richard Williams)

Barbury Castle Area
Location

I went to Barbury today but still no luck with the Marsh Fritillary. However there were a few Common Blue, Brown Argus, Green-veined White and Peacock. It was worth the trip because I found a nice Small Elephant Hawk-moth down in the grass. Also about Buzzard, Red Kite and Kestrel flying about. (Tony Martin)

Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Tony Martin)

Mouldon Hill
Location

2 Common Terns on the pool, plenty of Chiffchaffs and glimpses of Reed Warblers. (Richard Williams)

Haydon End
Location

Light Brown Apple Moth and Horse-chestnut Leaf Miner in the garden, and the Great Spotted Woodpecker again out the front. I think there's a pair set up somewhere local which is nice. (Nigel Sluman)

Pinehurst
Location

In my garden this afternoon fledgling Blackbirds, Starlings and House Sparrows. Also juvenile Wood Pigeon and Collared Dove. Watched a male Blackbird chasing a Brimstone butterfly for several minutes. The butterfly settled and the Blackbird was rewarded with a snack. Best of all 2 Goldcrests stopped by for a late afternoon bath. (Maurice Carne)

Juvenile Starling (Maurice Carne)

Goldcrest (Maurice Carne)

Goldcrest (Maurice Carne)

Goldcrest (Maurice Carne)

Goldcrest (Maurice Carne)

29 May 15

Toothill
Location

Fledglings in the garden this morning: 4 Starlings & a Wood Pigeon. (Richard Williams)

Savernake Forest
Location

2 Cuckoo, Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush and Hare. (Malcolm Royal)

Axford
Location

Yellowhammer, Linnet, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo and Swift. (Malcolm Royal)

28 May 15

CWP Pit 87
Location

A female Garganey present.  Reported on BirdGuides at 7:15pm as being in Gloucestershire, however the pit is in both Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

27 May 15

Stanton Park
Location

Highlights of a lovely walk in the morning sun were a Yellow Wagtail heard calling just north of the beehives, a large family of Long-tailed Tits moving through the woods, a distant Cuckoo calling again, a Hornet and Broad-bodied Chasers. More on My Blog Here. (Martin Adlam)

A female Broad-bodied Chaser (Martin Adlam)

A male Broad-bodied Chaser (Martin Adlam)

Cricklade
Location

Hobby in rapid low pursuit of something over Cricklade centre this afternoon. (Robin Griffiths)

Barbury Castle Area
Location

Three more butterflies for the year list, with Grizzled Skipper, Small Heath and the best one, after three years of not seeing one on the castle, I had a Marsh Fritillary. Unfortunately the camera didn't focus in time for me to get a photo. Also seen Common Blue, Brown Argus, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Dingy Skipper and a Burnet Companion moth. (Tony Martin)

Grizzled Skipper (Tony Martin)

Small Heath (Tony Martin)

Common Blue (Tony Martin)

Burnet Companion moth (Tony Martin)

Lower Moor Farm
Location

At Lower Moor Farm today we saw a Four-spotted Chaser, lots of Damselflies, a few Common Blue butterflies and my first Cinnabar moth of the year. (Dave Butcher and Tim Stratford)

Four-spotted Chaser (Dave Butcher)

Cinnabar moth (Dave Butcher)

26 May 15

CWP 87
Location

Wood Sandpiper still present. Via WOS Website. (Pete Adams)

Stanton Park
Location

It took a few trips to Stanton to get the Spotted Flycatcher, but finely I got it today. Also there were a pair of Cuckoos flying over the small ponds. (Tony Martin)

Spotted Flycatcher (Tony Martin)

Spotted Flycatcher (Tony Martin)

Spotted Flycatcher (Tony Martin)

Nythe
Location

This evening a mixed "flock" of  2 Swallows, 4 House Martins and 2 Swifts flew over the house heading north. It's interesting to note that Swifts flying alongside hirundine seems to be the norm, though this is the first time I've seen this. (Martin Adlam)

Blunsdon
Location

In the Aldi store this Cinnabar moth was found in the restroom. (Dawn Young)

Cinnabar moth (Dawn Young)

25 May 15

CWP 87
Location

This evening 3 Wood Sandpiper, a Temminck's Stint and a probable Arctic Tern. Access through Shornecote. More on CWP Blog Here. (Nigel Pleass)

Swindon

Quail over Swindon. More on the WOS Site. (Graham Deacon)

Morgan's Hill
Location

A second trip to Morgan's Hill today to get the Duke of Burgundy, I'm glad to say it paid off. There was not a lot of sun to bring them out, but we got one in the end. Also seen Wall Brown, Common Blue, Orange-tip, Brown Argus, Dingy Skipper and a Mother Shipton moth. There was also a Tree Pipit singing well. (Tony Martin)

Duke of Burgundy (Tony Martin)

Duke of Burgundy (Tony Martin)

Wall Brown (Tony Martin)

Common Blue (Tony Martin)

Mother Shipton moth (Tony Martin)

Tree Pipit (Tony Martin)

Blakehill
Location

3 Red Kites, Curlew, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, Weasel and Azure Damselflies. (Robin Griffiths)

24 May 15

CWP Pit 74
Location

Immature Little Gull and a Marsh Harrier over at 1:00pm heading towards CWP Pit 95. (Nigel Pleass)

Lydiard Park
Location

Today on the lake Mute Swan with 8 cygnets and 4 Little Grebes. And at the far end of the walled garden in the wood, a pair of Spotted Flycatchers. (Nigel Pleass)

Nythe
Location

In the back garden this afternoon a rather bedraggled Holly Blue feeding on the Honeysuckle and Pyracantha. (Martin Adlam)

Holly Blue (Martin Adlam)

Holly Blue (Martin Adlam)

23 May 15

Bushton
Location

I completed my second BTO Breeding Bird Survey at Bushton this morning (and a fine morning to be out at 6:30am it was to). Like a lot of BBS volunteers, I expect, I have become quite attached to my patch after 3 years and it is remarkable what this square of fairly unspectacular farmland throws up when we really pay attention to the birds. This time the huge field towards the end of my survey had been cut of rye grass and all baled and removed (leaving no chance for nesting Skylarks sadly) and this proved very attractive for Buzzards and Rooks. The maxima I counted of Buzzards was 8 while I estimated 320 Rooks with 20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls in amongst them.

The full list is as follows: Pheasant 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 10, Coot 1 (There is a small dew pond at the top of the hill and the bird was a fledgling), Lesser Black-backed Gull 23, Feral Pigeon 6, Stock Dove 2, Wood Pigeon 23, Collared Dove 4, Kestrel 1, Magpie 2, Jackdaw 6, Rook 406, Carrion Crow 2, Blue Tit 1, Great Tit 2, Skylark 4, Swallow 13, House Martin 12, Long-tailed Tit 2, Chiffchaff 6, Blackcap 1, Common Whitethroat 4, Wren 12, Starling 6, Blackbird 9, Song Thrush 4, Robin 4, Dunnock 1, House Sparrow 9, Chaffinch 14, Bullfinch 5 (good number), Greenfinch 2, Goldfinch 4 and Yellowhammer 1. 35 species and a lot of birds!
This year I saw or heard 40 species and my patch total is 44. (Richard Williams)

Hackpen Hill
Location

From Bushton I went to Hackpen Hill to conduct one of my favourite walks - to Rockley and Fyfield Down and then back along the Ridgeway. More of a walk (to try out a new rucksack as I am going to the Alps in 3 weeks!!) rather than a birdwatching trip but nonetheless I saw more Skylarks, Buzzards, a group of Linnets, Red Kite, Meadow Pipits, Red-legged Partridge and a Hare. Butterflies included Large White, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Common Blue and Brimstone. (Richard Williams)

Nythe
Location

This evening a newly fledged Starling joined one its parents at the feeders. Also helping themselves were up to 8 House Sparrows and a pair of Magpies. (Martin Adlam)

Two male House Sparrows and an adult Starling. (Martin Adlam)

This parent doesn't seem that keen to put its beak inside the youngsters mouth! (Martin Adlam)

Eventually it gets fed. (Martin Adlam)

One of a pair of Magpies in the local area.........

........ which was keen to eat the suet out of the coconuts hanging off the feeder. (Martin Adlam)

22 May 15

Haydon End
Location

Set the trap at home again last night, still quite quiet though. 16 moths of 8 species:
Flame Shoulder, 2 Heart and Dart, 6 Light Brown Apple Moth, Mompha subbistrigella (lifer), 3 Notacelia cynosbatella and Common Marbled Carpet. Also 2 noctuids, one of which could possibly be a Cabbage Moth.
Also in the trap a Rove Beetle, Staphylinus caesareus
This evening when I got home from work I had a Garden Carpet Moth in the garden. It was probably attracted to the light last night and just hung around the garden. (Nigel Sluman)

Heart and Dart (Nigel Sluman)

Notacelia cynosbatella (Nigel Sluman)

noctuids sp. (Nigel Sluman)

noctuids sp. (Nigel Sluman)

Rove Beetle, Staphylinus caesareus (Nigel Sluman)

Rove Beetle, Staphylinus caesareus (Nigel Sluman)

Garden Carpet moth (Nigel Sluman)

Pinehurst
Location

I found this nice Pale Tussock moth on my shed door this morning. (Maurice Carne)

Pale Tussock moth (Maurice Carne)

CWP Pit 74
Location

Curlew Sandpiper still present. More on CWP Blog and WOS Site. (Nigel Pleass)

21 May 15

Nightingale Wood
Location

Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 10 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap and 15 Whitethroat. (Phil & Graham Deacon)

Stanton Park
Location

On a brief visit this morning several Broad-bodied Chasers and 4-spotted Chasers at the small ponds. Also a mating pair of Large Red damselflies. Both Yellow-bellied Terrapins in their usual places.
Walking to the hotel Song Thrush, Common Whitethroat, Silver Y moth, Common Blue, and a very jaded Painted Lady. In the hotel garden a Broad-bodied Chaser enjoying the sunshine. (Maurice Carne)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Maurice Carne)

Painted Lady (Maurice Carne)

Silver Y moth (Maurice Carne)

Mouldon Hill
Location

I had an hour at Moulden Hill CP after work today in the scrub area again. Managed to add another 2 birds to the patch list as a Lesser Whitethroat was singing its heart out and a Little Egret was in the river. Patch now up to 47.

Heard and finally located the Cuckoo that's been singing there too. Other birds were 3 Swift over, singing Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Wren and Great Tit.

The only mammals were 2 Roe Deer were seen in the field.

Found 2 more odonata species for the year with lots of Banded Demoiselle and 2 Large Red Damselfly. Other insects were 3 Soldier Beetles possibly Cantharis pellucida, 6 Red and Black Froghoppers and a bee sp.

Also some flowers, Common Vetch and Hop Trefoil, Trifolium campestre. (Nigel Sluman)

Cuckoo (Nigel Sluman)

Roe Deer (Nigel Sluman)

A male Banded Demoiselle (Nigel Sluman)

A female Banded Demoiselle (Nigel Sluman)

Large Red Damselfly (Nigel Sluman)

Soldier Beetle, possibly Cantharis pellucida (Nigel Sluman)

Red and Black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata (Nigel Sluman)

Possibly Andrena carantonica (Nigel Sluman)

Common Vetch. (Nigel Sluman)

Hop Trefoil, Trifolium campestre (Nigel Sluman)

CWP Pit 74
Location

Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank and 2 Curlew. More on CWP Blog Here. (Nigel Pleass)