31 Jul 15

Barbury Castle
Location

A few images from today. (Felicity Cobb)

Kestrel hovering before descending fast. (Felicity Cobb)

Dew pond at bottom end of Barbury. Looked like masses of House Martins feeding over it and drinking at the same time! (Felicity Cobb)

Dew Pond fenced in. (Felicity Cobb)

Ravensroost
Location

Today at Ravensroost was a good day for butterflies where I got my first photo of a Brown Hairstreak. Also seen White-letter Hairstreak, White Admiral, Peacock, Brimstone, Painted Lady, Gatekeeper, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Large White, Small White, Comma, Meadow Brown, Silver-Washed Fritillary, Green-Veined White and Speckled Wood.

(Tony Martin)

White-letter Hairstreak (Tony Martin)

Brown Hairstreak (Tony Martin)

Brown Hairstreak (Tony Martin)

White Admiral (Tony Martin)

Coate Water
Location

Birds recorded between 7:30pm and 8:25pm: Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 60+ Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Common Tern, Wood Pigeon, Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, 3+ Treecreeper, Wren, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, 30+ Jackdaw, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

(Martin Adlam)

Setting sun at Coate Water (Martin Adlam)

Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull (Martin Adlam)

A female Great Crested Grebe sitting on her nest. (Martin Adlam)

A few Jackdaws and a Carrion Crow at roost. (Martin Adlam)

Nythe
Location

All day long there was a very active Holly Blue flitting about in the back garden. On the Buddleia just 2 Large Whites and on the Blackberries a tapered Drone Fly. The solitary bee hotel is doing well with several Leaf-cutter bees still creating nests.

(Martin Adlam)

Leaf-cutter bee (Martin Adlam)

Tapered Drone fly, Eristalis pertinax Martin Adlam)

30 Jul 15

Barbury Castle
Location

Grey Partridge flushed from fields by dogs

Many butterflies: Marbled White, Red Admiral, Large Whites, Small Whites and Small Blues.

(Felicity Cobb)

Also at Barbury Castle this afternoon.

Butterflies seen were: Painted Lady, Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined White, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White, Brown Argus, Chalkhill Blue, Large Skipper and Cinnabar Moth caterpillars.

Birds seen were: Meadow Pipits, Kestrel, Buzzard and Cuckoo being fed by a Meadow Pipit.

(Graham Cox and Tony Martin)

Cuckoo being fed by Meadow Pipit (Graham Cox)

Cuckoo being fed by Meadow Pipit (Graham Cox)

Cuckoo (Graham Cox)

Chalkhill Blue (Graham Cox)

Chalkhill Blue (Graham Cox)

Chalkhill Blue (Graham Cox)

Cinnabar moth caterpillar (Graham Cox)

Cinnabar moth caterpillar (Graham Cox)

Juvenile Cuckoo (Tony Martin)

Kestrel (Tony Martin)

Haydon End
Location

Quiet again in the trap at home this morning, only 51 moths of 26 species:

Apple Leaf Miner, Brown House Moth, Bryotropha domestica, Bryotropha affinis, Light Brown Apple Moth, 2 Garden Grass-veneer, 3 Agriphila straminella, 2 Eudonia lacustrata, Anania coronata, Common Plume, 2 Riband Wave, Magpie, Early Thorn, 2 Scalloped Oak, Common Footman, 2 Buff Ermine, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 2 Heart and Dart, Flame Shoulder, 3 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 2 Bright-line Brown-eye, Clay, Dusky Sallow, 3 Dark Arches, 13 Common Rustic agg. and Nut-tree Tussock.

Also a Red Ant and Caddis Fly - Mystacides longicornis.

(Nigel Sluman)

Morgan's Hill
Location

Had a nice lunch break at Morgan's Hill today. Notable species seen were:

BirdsGrey Partridge (my first Wilts one), Raven, Skylark, Yellowhammer

Butterflies: Painted Lady, Common Blue, Marbled White, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell

Moths: Silver Y, c30 Agriphila straminella, Celypha lacunana, 4 Cinnabar caterpillars

Other insects: Southern Hawker, c40 7-spot Ladybirds, 2-spot Ladybird, 14-spot Ladybird, Harlequin Ladybird, Roesel's Bush-cricket, Hoverfly - Chrysotoxum bicinctum, Hoverfly possibly Eristalis arbustorum, Marmalade Hoverfly, Common Red Soldier Beetle, Red-tailed and White-tailed Bumblebee and Common Carder-bee.

(Nigel Sluman)

2-spot Ladybird (Nigel Sluman)

7-spot Ladybird (Nigel Sluman)

7-spot Ladybirds (Nigel Sluman)

14-spot Ladybird (Nigel Sluman)

Harlequin Ladybird (Nigel Sluman)

Hoverfly possibly Eristalis arbustorum (Nigel Sluman)

Cinnabar caterpillar (Nigel Sluman)

Roesel's Bush-cricket (Nigel Sluman)

29 Jul 15

Coate Water
Location

Between 7:10pm and 8:10pm: Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, 130+ Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Common Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Swift, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, House Martin, Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Treecreeper, Wren, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, 200+ Jackdaw, Starling, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

(Martin Adlam)

Coate Water CP (Martin Adlam)

This cob Mute Swan spent most of the evening chasing juveniles out of the "harbour" (Martin Adlam)

A Grey Heron makes the most of the setting sun. (Martin Adlam)

This adult Black-headed Gull is just losing its summer "black" head. (Martin Adlam)

This male Blackbird was very distressed about something happening below him! (Martin Adlam)

Just a small portion of the 200+ Jackdaws that took off from the tall trees on the east bank. I don't think I've ever seen so many at Coate. (Martin Adlam)

This Pied Wagtail on the dam wall was making the most of the evening "hatch". When it flew off, it still managed to call out. (Martin Adlam)

Earlier in the day at Coate Water an Osprey flew over at 11:15am. Via BirdGuides

Sevenhampton
Location

From this morning:

Leopard Moth, 3 Blastobasis adustella, Bryotropha affinis, Carcina quercana, Bird-cherry Ermine, 2 Apple Ermine, Red-barred Tortrix, 2 Grey Tortrix, Bud Moth, Eucosma cana, 10 Eudonia lacustrata, 2 Agriphila selasella, Catoptria pinella, Catoptria falsella, Small Magpie, Udea lutealis, 2 Chinese Character, Least Carpet, Shaded Broad-bar, Early Thorn, 2 Scalloped Oak, Willow Beauty, Common White Wave, Clouded Silver, 4 Scarce Footman, 5 Common Footman, 3 Heart and Dart, Flame Shoulder, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 4 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 2 Bright-line Brown-eye, 8 Brown-line Bright-eye, 4 Clay, 7 Smoky Wainscot, 2 Common Wainscot, 9 Dusky Sallow, 2 Dark Arches, 15 Common Rustic agg., 21 Uncertain, Rustic and Snout.

131 moths of 42 species

Also 8 Common Wasp and a Green Lacewing.

(Nigel Sluman)

Bryotropha affinis (Nigel Sluman)

Catoptria pinella (Nigel Sluman)

Least Carpet (Nigel Sluman)

Udea lutealis (Nigel Sluman)

Stanton Park
Location

Today's sightings were taken in the thistle patch in the field at the far end of Stanton Park near the horses paddock. When I arrived there were several species of butterflies feeding. I spotted 4 Peacocks, 2 Painted Lady's, several Small Tortoiseshells, Comma and numerous Gatekeepers and skippers. Within 10 minutes there was hardly any left, 5 minutes after their departure the heavens opened and it poured with rain. They obviously know far more than we do.

(Martyn Jelley)

Comma (Martyn Jelley)

Comma (Martyn Jelley)

Comma (Martyn Jelley)

Blakehill
Location

2 Redstarts and c5 Lesser Whitethroats showing well.

(Robin Griffith)

28 Jul 15

Haydon End
Location

From the trap in the garden this morning, 42 moths of 23 species. Numbers have dropped considerably, which I'm guessing is due to the very windy conditions.

Light Brown Apple Moth, Celypha lacunana, Bud Moth, 4 Garden Grass-veneer, Eudonia lacustrata, 3 Agriphila straminella, Small Magpie, Mother of Pearl, Chocolate-tip, Ruby Tiger, 4 Heart and Dart, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 3 Lesser Yellow Underwing, Bright-line Brown-eye, Smoky Wainscot, Poplar Grey, Dot Moth, 2 Dark Arches, 4 Common Rustic agg., 3 Uncertain, 3 Silver Y and Coleophora trifolii.

Also 3 Common Wasp, 3 Limnephilus lunatus and Green Lacewing.

(Nigel Sluman)

Chocolate-tip, Clostera curtula (Nigel Sluman)

Nythe Pool
Location

Very windy today and very butterflies about with just a few Ringlets and Large Whites.

(Martin Adlam)

Greenbridge
Location

Red Kite being harassed by a Lesser Black-backed Gull low over the WHSmiths building.

(Martin Adlam)

Brinkworth
Location

Raven over this morning, plus feels like I am feeding an entire House Sparrow kinder garden with over 20 juveniles gorging on the fat blocks and the lawn - good to see this year's success.

(Ian Searle)

Stanton Park
Location

2 Mallards on the small pond and a brood of 5 Moorhens, in various stages of development, on the larger pond. A Sparrowhawk flew over the footpath at the back. On the main lake - 2 Mute Swans with 3 cygnets, 40 Mallards, including 5 juveniles, 12 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Moorhens and 2 Swallows. The only bird I saw as I cycled through the woodland was a Spotted Flycatcher!

(Steve Davies)

Also at Stanton Park, a few images from Mike Ford.

Yellow-bellied Terrapin (Mike Ford)

Comma (Mike Ford)

Comma (Mike Ford)

Green-veined Whites (Mike Ford)

Green-veined White (Mike Ford)

Small White (Mike Ford)

Large Skipper (Mike Ford)

Tree Bumblebee, Bombus hypnorum (Mike Ford)

Scorpion Fly either a Panorpa communis or vulgaris. (Mike Ford)