31 Oct 15

Nightingale Wood
Location

Green Sandpiper, Blackcap, 70 Lesser Redpoll, 20 Siskin, 20 Reed Bunting, 200 Redwing and 70 Fieldfare.

(Graham Deacon)

Avebury
Location

Firecrest

(Robin Nelson)

Blakehill Farm NR
Location

3 Short-eared Owls, Merlin, Snipe, c50 Fieldfares and Brown Hare.

(Robin Griffiths)

Toothill
Location

Patience is a virtue - I was actually finding my hour of RSPB-style garden birdwatching very quiet when it all seemed to kick off in the last five minutes including the first visit of a Great Spotted Woodpecker here in over 10 years! Right on the nearest feeder too! A female.

The final flurry also pushed the species count to a very creditable 14. Nice to see 2 Greenfinches and the others were:

6 Starlings, 5 Magpies, 4 Collared Doves, 4 House Sparrows (numbers much lower than usual), 2 each of Wood Pigeons, Blue Tits, Goldfinches, Jackdaws, and Rooks and one each of Great Tit, Robin, and a male Chaffinch.

(Richard Williams)

CWP Pit 68a
Location

4 Red-necked Grebes, 2 Little Grebe, 40+ Great-crested Grebes, 3 Water Rails (one bathing then preening for 10 minutes in the open in front of the reed hide), male Goldeneye, 8 Curlew, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Redpolls, c15 Siskins, 4 Chiffchaffs, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, Common Gull, c20 each of Fieldfare & Redwing and  Comma.

(Robin Griffiths - Sightings / Jim Day - Photos)

Red-necked Grebes (Jim Day)

Red-necked Grebes (Jim Day)

Red-necked Grebes (Jim Day)

Red-necked Grebes (Jim Day)

Grey Heron (Jim Day)

Cricklade
Location

My first presumed Blastobasis adustella last night since early September - very worn - plus an odd assortment, my second garden Feathered Thorn, another Large Wainscot, a Beaded Chestnut, a very fresh looking Common Wainscot, a Garden Rose Tortrix and 3 Light Brown Apple moths.

(Robin Griffith)

Blastobasis adustella (Robin Griffith)

Highworth
Location

83 moths of 27 species last night. Highlights were a new site record of Acleris schalleriana (if confirmed), Tachystola acroxantha, New for year a Juniper Carpet, 2 Merveille du Jour, Silver Y, Scrobipalpa costella, late Brimstone Moth and 2 Lunar Thorn and a record 15 The Sprawler.

(Steve Nash)

The Sprawler - 14 of them (Steve Nash)

Coate Water
Location

A few photos from Hide 1 and 2 today.

(Tony Martin, Hide 1 and Helen Sly, Hide 2)

A drake Tufted Duck in the Autumn colours. (Tony Martin)

Along with the female. (Tony Martin)

The Kingfisher landed in front of the hide (Tony Martin)

Giving great views of it (Tony Martin)

This Great Spotted Woodpecker was on the feeders. (Tony Martin)

Muntjac from Hide 2 (Helen Sly)

30 Oct 15

Lawn
Location

Badger digging, seen clearly today in front garden lawn of nearby house, in road that leads onto Lawn Woods. Owner not happy!

(Felicity Cobb)

An example of the damage a Badger can cause to a lawn, as it searches for juicy worms.

29 Oct 15

Cotswold Water Park

4 Red-necked Grebes present today on both CWP Pits 68a and 68b. Also a male Goldeneye and female Smew. Via CWP Blog Here.

Shaw Forest
Location

Teal, Buzzard, Snipe, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Song Thrush, 20+ Blackbird, 50+ Redwing, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff and 7 Goldcrest.

(Matt Pringle)

Mouldon Hill
Location

Kestrel, 100+ Redwing, 12 Song Thrush, 60+ Blackbird, Blackcap, 20 Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinch and 2 Reed Bunting. Lots of thrushes dropping out of the drizzle this afternoon.

(Matt Pringle)

28 Oct 15

River Thames, Kempsford
Location

100 Lapwings, 50 Fieldfares, 10 Starlings, 6 Stock Doves, 4 Buzzards (2 sat on adjacent telegraph poles - same as yesterday), Kestrel, 20 Linnets. Good views of 2 Skylarks (4 more and a Yellowhammer on the way back), and great views of a pair of confiding Stonechats on the river's edge. A Little Grebe, 4 Moorhens, Mute Swan and drake Mallard on the river; 5 Reed Buntings in the reeds. Also, a pair of Migrant Hawkers in a mating wheel, and a male Brimstone.

(Steve Davies)

Cricklade
Location

Back to Cricklade last night for a trapping - and at last I had my most wanted moth - Merveille du Jour! Also first Feathered Thorn here, and a Phyllonorycter messaniella. Others were 3 Beaded Chestnuts, a Light Brown Apple moth, Brown House Moth and Setaceous Hebrew Character.

(Robin Griffith)

Merveille du Jour (Robin Griffith)

Phyllonorycter messaniella (Robin Griffith)

Liden
Location

After last week's excitement it was back to earth with the normal fare last night in the moth trap. First for year were 4 November Moth agg. Plus Large Yellow Underwing looking pristine, Light Brown Apple moth, Beautiful Plume and an Acleris which I think is an A. schalleriana. 9 moths of 5 species in total.

(Steve Covey)

Marlborough
Location

With a sunny afternoon promised we caught the bus to Marlborough and walked back across the Marlborough Downs via Four Mile Clump & Barbury Castle to Chiseldon where we caught the bus back to Swindon.

Having crossed Marlborough Common there was a Buzzard, a Jay & 20+ Linnets in the Barton Down area. Two Ravens passed overhead at the Old Eagle. Continuing across the Downs to Barbury Castle 9 Red Kites, 2 Kestrels, a Buzzard, 38 Yellowhammers, 4 Meadow Pipits, 30+ Linnets, 20+ Chaffinch ( some bathing in the puddles ), 300+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 200+ Starlings, 5 Redwing, 2 Fieldfares & 5+ Long-tailed Tits were amongst the birds seen. 10 Fieldfares & a Buzzard were at Barbury Castle. Along the Old Ridgeway towards Chiseldon there were 200+ Fieldfares in the trees & hedgerow to the north.

(Trevor & Sue Clayson)

Autumn Colour, near Rockley  (Sue Clayson)

Autumn Colour, near Rockley  (Sue Clayson)

Meadow Pipit, Four Mile Clump  (Sue Clayson)

Red Kites, Four Mile Clump  (Sue Clayson)

''Stonehenge'' at Barbury Racecourse  (Sue Clayson)

Yellowhammer, Four Mile Clump  (Sue Clayson)

Shaggy Ink Cap,The Old Ridgeway  (Sue Clayson)

Highworth
Location

A decent night in Highworth, with 60 moths of 26 species. NFY for me were Caloptilia stigmatella, 2 Tachystola acroxantha and Spruce Carpet. Also 3 Sprawler, late Brimstone Moth and some migrants - P. xylostella (Diamond-back) and Silver Y.

(Steve Nash)

27 Oct 15

Stanton Park
Location

Birds Recorded: 2 Mute Swan, 10 Mallard, 1 Chocolate Magpie x Mulard duck, 5 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 5 Black-headed Gull, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 1 Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 17 Redwing, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 8 Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Treecreeper, Wren, Jay, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 35 Siskin and Goldfinch.

Also seen: Grey Squirrel, 2 Hornets, 5 Common Wasp

(Martin Adlam)

The resident Mute Swans and 5 drake Mallards (Martin Adlam)

Chocolate Magpie x Mulard duck  (Martin Adlam)

River Thames, Kempsford
Location

30 Lapwings, 25 Fieldfares, 20 Starlings, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Buzzards, Kestrel, a few Redwings and Skylarks heard, 3 Bullfinches, 8 Chaffinches, 4 Yellowhammers, Green Woodpecker. A Little Grebe, Moorhen and Mute Swan on the river, 2 Wrens and a Reed Bunting  in the reeds. Canada Geese heard in the distance. A constant stream of Lesser Black-backed Gulls passing over.

(Steve Davies)

Cotswold Water Park

Red-necked Grebes still present today on both CWP Pit 68a and 68b.  Via BirdGuides

Seven Fields
Location

Seven Fields last night produced 35 moths of 10 species: 12 November Moth agg., 7 Juniper Carpets, 5 Feathered Thorns, 3 Light Brown Apple moths, 2 Red-green Carpets, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, single Red-line Quaker, Common Marbled Carpet, Winter Moth and Apple Leaf Miner. Puzzled by the Juniper Carpets - no food plant visible nearby!

(Robin Griffiths)
Juniper Carpet (Robin Griffiths)

Juniper Carpet (Robin Griffiths)

Juniper Carpet (Robin Griffiths)

Winter Moth (Robin Griffiths)

Feathered Thorn (Robin Griffiths)

Apple Leaf Miner (Robin Griffiths)

26 Oct 15

Cleveland Lakes Nature Reserve
Location

I managed to catch up with a Red-necked Grebe today. A lifer for me.

(Bob Shiret)

Red-necked Greb(Bob Shiret)

Red-necked Greb(Bob Shiret)

CWP Pit 200 (Kent End)
Location

A ringtail Hen Harrier seen today. More on the CWP Blog Here.

(Shane & Geoff Faulkner)

Highworth
Location

Last night was freezing in Highworth but still worth running the moth trap with 3 new species from 9 species recorded: 2 The Sprawler, Feathered Thorn and Yellow-line Quaker.

(Steve Nash)

The Sprawler  (Steve Nash)

Feathered Thorn  (Steve Nash)

Yellow-line Quaker (Steve Nash)

25 Oct 15

Cleveland Lakes Nature Reserve
Location

David Jablonski
Black Redstart present today. More on CWP Blog Here.

Dave Butcher
I had a look at Cleveland lakes this morning and only saw 1 Red-necked Grebe. Very briefly though I saw 1 Fieldfare, Dunnock and 4 Lesser Redpolls.

Red-necked Grebe (Dave Butcher)

Dunnock (Dave Butcher)

Lesser Redpoll (Dave Butcher)

Toothill
Location

A Coal Tit was a nice year's garden tick this morning. This afternoon I had Sparrowhawk fly low right through the garden and past me! Sometimes can't beat garden birding.

(Richard Williams)

Nightingale Wood
Location

Green Sandpiper, 40 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 20 Lesser Redpoll, 15 Siskin and Marsh Tit.

(Phil & Graham Deacon)

Coate Water
Location

At Coate Water today: 2 Kingfishers, 1 Little Egret, 6 Grey Herons, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Little Grebes, 8 Great Crested Grebes, Teal, Gadwall, Shovelers, Wigeon, Mallard, Tufted Ducks, 1 female Sparrowhawk, 2 Wrens, male and female Chaffinches, Dunnock, Blue Tits, Great Tits and male and
female Great Spotted Woodpeckers. On the mammal front 2 Common Shrews, 1 Bank Vole and a Brown Rat.

(Graham Cox, Tony Martin and Andrew Sloane)

Little Grebe (Graham Cox)

Little Grebe (Graham Cox)

Little Grebe (Graham Cox)

Gadwall (Graham Cox)

Shovelers (Graham Cox)

Grey Heron (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

Common Shrew (Graham Cox)

Bank Vole (Graham Cox)

Cricklade
Location

A Raven over Cricklade at 2.45 this afternoon.

(Jon Mercer)

Blakehill Farm NR
Location

50 Redwing, 20 Fieldfare, Raven and 200 Goldfinch

(Simon Tucker)

24 Oct 15

CWP Pit 68a
Location

5 Red-necked Grebes still present this morning. Via BirdGuides

CWP Pit 305
Location

7 Egyptian Goose, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat and Peregrine

(Nigel Pleass)

Cleveland Lakes Nature Reserve
Location

Highlights from the reserve: 6 Goldeneye, 21 Black-tailed Godwit,  53 Golden Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper and Jack Snipe. More CWP Blog Here

(Nigel Pleass)

Haydon End
Location

8 moths in the trap this morning:

Common Marbled Carpet
2 Light Brown Apple Moth
Large Yellow Underwing
2 November Moth agg.
The Brick
Large Wainscot


(Nigel Sluman)

Large Wainscot (Nigel Sluman)

The Brick (Nigel Sluman)