30 Jun 15

Nythe
Location

My first Large Skipper in the garden today. Unfortunately it didn't stop long as the flowers on Buddleia haven't quite opened up yet and there are only one or two flower heads showing on the Purple Loosestrife. Also a Small Tortoishell. A couple of birds not seen for awhile were a Collared Dove and Grey Wagtail. Overhead this evening 3 Swifts. (Martin Adlam)

Cricklade
Location

A Red Kite over Cricklade town centre at 9:30am this morning. (Jon Mercer)

Purton
Location

At 11:30am the alarm calls of Swallows alerted me to a superb Hobby over the garden which drifted off west, mobbed by Swallows, Martins and Swifts. (Jon Mercer)

Savernake Forest
Location

This evening between 9:25pm and 11:10pm we had a brief sighting of a Nightjar and then a little later one started churring. Also 2 adult and at least 3 young Tawny Owls calling. A few bats with a couple that were quite large with broad-wings, and were very close to us. Of the 3 large UK bats (Serotine, Greater Horseshoe and Noctule Bat) the Serotine has the broadest-wings, which these certainly had. Also seen a Hare, Rabbit, a deer, Cockchafers (part of the diet of a Serotine bat), 100's of moths, several Bumblebees (even at 10:45pm) and the finale was a Glow-worm. More on Malcolm's Blog Here. (Martin Adlam and Malcolm Royal)

Apologies for the poor quality, but in the distance you can just make out a Nightjar churring. You might have to turn the volume up a bit though! (Martin Adlam)


My effort wasn't that brilliant I know so here is a recording of one that has the wing clap,call and song.

Note
More on Glow-worms Here
More on Serotine Bat Here.

Coate
Location

There are still a few Honey Bees in our garden from yesterdays swarm, but the majority have stayed in our neighbours’ hive and they are really happy about that.

This morning we discovered a Flesh Fly, Sarcopharga carnaria in the garden. The description in our little book (Collins Complete British Wildlife)  says:

Common and widespread.  Adult has greyish body but with chequered markings on abdomen;  eyes red and feet proportionately large.  Attracted to carrion and carcasses on which female gives birth to live young.  Seldom ventures indoors. (Maureen Iles)

 Flesh Fly. (Maureen Iles)

Highworth
Location

We had a late evening visit to Pentylands, with the highlights being a Little Owl sat in a tree and a Hobby that flew past us so quickly we were unable to photograph it. Also seen, Dunnocks, Yellowhammers, Greenfinch, Swifts, Goldfinch, House Martins and several others. (Neil George)

Little Owl (Neil George)

Little Owl (Neil George)

Lawn
Location

Robin still feeding from lawn at 10:15pm, using light from kitchen! (Felicity Cobb)

CWP Pit 301
Location

We had a walk in the Water Park today. It was hot! A pleasant surprise was the Orchids at CWP 301 which we hadn't seen there before. One came complete with a Dragonfly. Good to see a number of broods of young birds on the water and a Redshank at CWP Pit 200 Kent End Farm Quarry. All our sightings are on the CWP Blog. (Trevor & Sue Clayson)

Orchids (Sue Clayson)

Dragonfly (Sue Clayson)

Oakhurst
Location

Great Spotted Woodpecker on our neighbours feeder. (Bob Shiret)

Great Spotted Woodpecker  (Bob Shiret)

29 Jun 15

Coate
Location

In our garden today there is a swarm of Honey Bees - thankfully our next door neighbour is a bee keeper so will be moving it when it has cooled down a bit.

A swarm of Honey Bees (Maureen Iles)

A swarm of Honey Bees (Maureen Iles)

A swarm of Honey Bees (Maureen Iles)

A swarm of Honey Bees (Maureen Iles)

A swarm of Honey Bees (Maureen Iles)

Highworth
Location

I went for a walk at Pentylands in Highworth this evening after work. There were a lot of butterflies and insects out and about. Butterfly-wise, I saw Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Small Tortoiseshells and, for the first time in a few weeks, a Comma. Also a Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet.

I sat by the stream for a while to watch the Banded Demoiselles.

Lots of birds out with Swallows, House Martins, Chiffchaffs, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and numerous others.

(Neil George)

Comma (Neil George)

Skipper (Neil George)

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet (Neil George)

Blue Lacewing (Neil George)

Banded Demoiselle (Neil George)

Banded Demoiselle (Neil George)

Banded Demoiselle (Neil George)

Savernake Forest
Location

I netted this a cracking little (6mm long) Gold-ribbon Argent, Argyresthia brockeella.

(Steve Covey)

Argyresthia brockeella (Steve Covey)

28 Jun 15

Haydon End
Location

From the trap at home this morning:
3 Riband Wave, Treble Brown Spot, Common Marbled Carpet, Common Carpet, 2 Barred Yellow, 5 Brimstone, 3 Green Pug, 2 Swallow-tailed Moth, Peppered Moth, Poplar Hawk-moth, 3 Elephant Hawk-moth, Buff Ermine, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 40 Heart and Dart, 3 Heart and Club, 2 The Flame, 3 Dark Arches, Poplar Grey, 2 Bright-line Brown-eye, 10 Uncertain, Rustic, 2 Mottled Rustic, 2 Beautiful Hook-tip, 2 Straw Dot, Snout, Bee Moth, 4 Brown House Moth, Diamond-back Moth, Apple Leaf-miner, Common Plume, Epinotia bliunana, 3 Celypha striana, 2 Plum Tortrix, 6 Light Brown Apple Moth, 4 Eudonia lacustrata, Eudonia pallida, 34 Garden Grass-veneer, Crambus perlella, Udea olivalis, 5 Marbled Minor agg., Common Pug, Green Pug, 2 Ancylis achatana, Blastodacna hellerella, Grey Tortrix, Eudonia lacustrata, Bryotropha terrella, 1 Plum Tortrix and 5 Tawny Marbled Minor.

Also nearby a single Rosemary Beetle.

(Nigel Sluman)

Nythe
Location

A couple of moths found in the kitchen this morning, a Cypress Carpet (Thera cupressataand a very worn Heart and Club (Agrotis clavis). (Martin Adlam)
Cypress Carpet (Martin Adlam)

Heart and Club (Martin Adlam)

CWP 74
Location

At Twitcher's this morning there was some very unwelcome fly tipped corrugated roof, possibly asbestos and another pile westwards along the lane.

As for the birds, an Oystercatcher flew by and also seen were Common Terns, Black Headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, a family of Mute Swans, a group of Greylag Geese, 5 Cormorants, plenty of Swallows, House Martins and Swifts, a few Lapwing and a Little Egret. (Richard Williams)

27 Jun 15

Nythe
Location

An interesting day in the back garden with 2 Sparrowhawks, a Buzzard, 3 Red Kite, a single House Martin and 5 Swifts overhead. In the garden a lot of noise as a juvenile Starling attempted to keep adults off "his apple". Also about a few butterflies, a Small Tortoiseshell and a Small White. The biggest surprise though, was a Ring-necked Parakeet screeching away as it headed north over the estate. This evening I found an Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, Plume moth by the garden pond. (Martin Adlam)

Small White (Martin Adlam)

Small White (Martin Adlam)

A juvenile attempts to get "his" apple back off an adult. (Martin Adlam)

Then starts jumping all around it. (Martin Adlam)

Swift over Nythe late into the evening. (Martin Adlam)

Another surprise this evening. As I was feeding the Goldfish this Beautiful Plume Moth, flew across the pond and landed on the fence opposite.

Note
The species Plume Moth Amblyptilia punctidactyla is very similar by grey. See eakringbirds.com Here

Stratton Wood
Location

We went for a butterfly spotting walk round the wild flower meadows at Stratton Wood. We saw Meadow Browns, Marbled Whites, Small Skippers, Large Skippers, Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells, Small Heaths, Speckled Woods, Common Blue, Brimstone and Large White.
Also seen: Tapered Drone Fly7-Spot Ladybird and a male Southern Cuckoo Bee (Bombus vestalis). (Neil George)

Meadow Brown (Neil George)

Small Heath (Neil George)

Marbled White (Neil George)

Speckled Wood (Neil George)

Small Skipper (Neil George)

Large Skippers (Neil George)

Common Blue (Neil George)

7-spot Ladybird (Neil George)

A male Southern Cuckoo Bee. (Neil George)

Tapered Drone Fly (Neil George)

Folly Farm
Location

Taken on the Ridgeway at Folly Farm, a Large Skipper, Meadow Brown and a Painted Lady. (Martyn Jelley)

Painted Lady (Martyn Jelley)

Meadow Brown (Martyn Jelley)

Large Skipper (Martyn Jelley)

26 Jun 15

Coate Water
Location

A fine adult Peregrine perched in Oak tree at Coate today. Also male Pochard and 4 Mandarin Duck. (Ian Stewart)

Nythe
Location

In the kitchen this morning a Small Magpie moth, a Small Dusty Wave (Idaea seriata), Short-palped Cranefly (Limonia nubeculosa) and a female Helophilus pendulus Hoverfly.

Small Magpie (Martin Adlam)

Small Dusty Wave (Martin Adlam)

'Folded-wing' Crane-fly (Martin Adlam)

Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus (Martin Adlam)

Park North
Location

This morning at 9:00am I watched 2 Foxes in the enclosed park behind Redruth Close, they must have been hungry as they were stalking the Wood Pigeons and the Starlings. It was just great to watch out of the bedroom window. (Graham Cox)











(Graham Cox)