31 Jul 16

Aldbourne
Location

Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small White butterflies and a Southern Hawker all on the Hebe this afternoon

(Martin Adlam and Don Young)


A Southern Hawker on the Hebe. (Martin Adlam)

Barbury Castle
Location

2 Quail calling at Barbury this evening.

(Malcolm Royal)

Coate
Location

The Great Spotted Woodpecker is still coming into our garden for its food - got quite a mouthful early this evening - not a bad shot considering it was taken through our conservatory window.

We also had about 12 Long-tailed Tits, Blue Tits and Great Tits in the garden yesterday.

(Maureen and John Iles)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Maureen Iles)

CWP Pit 74
Location

Wood Sandpiper present at midday. Via Birdguides Here

Royal Wootton Bassett
Location

First for me here, a Green Woodpecker flying from trees in Jubilee Lake and feeding on the close cut front lawns and verges in my close.

(Bob Philpott)

Wanborough
Location

Birds recorded were: Red Kite, Wood Pigeon, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Robin, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit,
Treecreeper, Wren, Magpie and Goldfinch.

Butterflies seen: Large Whites, Small Whites, Green-veined Whites, 6 Small Skippers, dozens of Meadow Browns and 2 Gatekeepers.

Also: 1 Roesel's Bush Cricket (Metrioptera roeselii), Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus), Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus) and lots of Green Leaf-hopper (Cicadella viridis)

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(Martin Adlam)

Roesel's Bush Cricket (Martin Adlam)

Green Leaf-hopper (Martin Adlam)

Gatekeeper (Martin Adlam)

Small Skipper (Martin Adlam)

30 Jul 16

Barbury Castle
Location

At Barbury Castle today there were good numbers of Chalkhill Blue, several Painted Lady and a Small Blue. In addition good numbers of Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Marbled White, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Skipper, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone.

Also, Quail singing heard from the ramparts and several  Red Kite.

(Ian Stewart)

Mating Chalkhill Blue (Ian Stewart)

Male Chalkhill Blue (Ian Stewart)

Painted Lady (Ian Stewart)

Lower Moor Farm
Location

2 Redstarts. More on the CWP Blog Here

(K & L Perkins)

Nythe
Location

This morning a juvenile Willow Warbler dropped into the back garden for a very brief visit before moving down the street. Also a few moths in the kitchen this morning, with Long-horned Flat-body (Carcina quercana), Marbled Beauty, Groundling sp., Noctuidae sp. and a Micro moth sp.

(Martin Adlam)

Juvenile Willow Warbler

Note the pale legs.
Apologies for the blurred images caused by refraction. An unfortunate problem when photographing through windows other than at 90°.

Marbled Beauty

Long-horned Flat-body, Carcina quercana

Noctuidae sp.

Groundling sp.

Micro moth sp.

29 Jul 16

Barbury Castle
Location

5 Quail, a male Redstart, 2 Mistle thrush, 6 Corn Bunting, 4 Skylark, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Blackbirds, Buzzard, Red-legged Partridge and a lovely sunset at around 9:35pm.

(David and Margaret Delpy)

Cleveland Lakes Nature Reserve
Location

Juvenile Garganey seen from the hide. More on the CWP Blog Here.

(Kim Milsom)

Cricklade
Location

Dingy Footman in the trap.

(Robin Griffiths)
Lawns
Location

At least 10 magpies on a neighbour's roof tonight.

(Felicity Cobb)

Magpies (Felicity Cobb)

Nythe
Location

A very quiet day here in Nythe, with the Red Admiral still on the Buddleia and now joined by a Peacock, and several Large and Small Whites. A Holly Blue flew in and then straight out again. The Green Woodpecker is still very vocal from the direction of Nythe Woods and a nice surprise this afternoon was a Yellow Wagtail, which passed over the house heading south.

(Martin Adlam)

28 Jul 16

Coate Water
Location

Down at Hide 2 Graham found an unusual caterpillar, which turned out to be a Alder Moth caterpillar. I've never seen one before, but notice the paddle-shaped hairs along the body. In front of the hide there was a Common Sandpiper and Cormorant.

(Tony Martin and Graham Cox)

Common Sandpiper (Tony Martin)

Cormorant (Tony Martin)

The caterpillar of the Alder Moth (Tony Martin)

Dance Common, Cricklade
Location

A Sulphur Pearl, Sitochroa palealis flew into our Dance Common mothing session this morning - also Small Wainscot, Clay, Small Scallop and Sallow Kitten.

(Robin Griffiths)

Nythe
Location

Moth trappings from last night were 75 moths with 46 different species

Large Yellow Underwing (3)
Silver Y (2)
Grass Veneers (5)
Marbled Beauty (6)
Magpie (1)
The Rustic (6)
Pale Prominent (1)
Common Emerald (2)
Apple Ermine, Yponomeuta malinellus (3)
Long-horned Flat-body, Carcina quercana (1)
Knot Grass, Acronicta rumicis (2)
Grey Dagger (1)
Elder Pearl, Anania coronata (1)
Willow Beauty (1)
Small Blood-vein (2)
Shuttle-shaped Dart, Agrotis puta (1)

And
Eudonia sp.  (6)

Plus
Many more which will take me awhile to identify.

Also
Lesser Water Boatman (Corixa punctata), several Caddisflies and a small beetle.

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(Martin Adlam)

Silver Y (Martin Adlam)

Grey Dagger (Martin Adlam)

Pale Prominent (Martin Adlam)

Shuttle-shaped Dart, Agrotis puta (Martin Adlam)

A Marbled Beauty and "mini" Lesser Water Boatman. (Martin Adlam)

Smeeth's Ridge

There was a large patch of ground at Smeeth's Ridge planted with this blue flower. Although the sun was not out they were attracting masses of Large White butterflies and bees.

Lovely to see but am not at all sure what it is. Has anyone any ideas?

(Felicity Cobb)

Flower sp. (Felicity Cobb)

Flower sp. (Felicity Cobb)

Flower sp. (Felicity Cobb)

Note: Apparently the flowers above are Ageratum. More here on this flower. (Felicity Cobb)

27 Jul 16

Coate Water
Location

Malcolm Royal
Mediterranean Gull still present between 18.30 - 19.00.

Jon Mercer
The adult Mediterranean Gull at Coate W again this evening, on the diving board 6.30-6.45. A smart bird.

Mediterranean Gull (Jon Mercer)

Tony Martin
Down at Hide 2 today, a doe Muntjac was feeding to the left of the hide. There was also a Great Crested Grebe fishing around the Canada Geese and 3 Mandarin ducks in eclipse. There was very little else apart from a Buzzard and a Hobby fly pass

On the way out I checked the diving board for the reported Mediterranean Gull and I am glad to say it was still resting on the second platform. So I managed to get a few shots of it.

A doe Muntjac (Tony Martin)

A Mandarin Duck (Tony Martin)

Canada Geese (Tony Martin)

Mediterranean Gull (Tony Martin)

Mediterranean Gull (Tony Martin)

Mediterranean Gull (Tony Martin)       

Nythe
Location

The local Green Woodpecker was yaffling again, early this morning.

(Martin Adlam)

Ravensroost
Location

We did another trapping in Ravensroost Wood and in just 2 hours with the Heath trap we caught about 100 moths of 36 species including:

Scalloped Hook-tip, Falcaria lacertinaria (3)
Bordered Beauty (1)
Early Thorn (1)
Black Arches (4)
Small Rivulet (2)
Ochreous Pearl, Anania crocealis (1)
Poplar Sober, Anacampsis populella (3)
Sallow Marble, Apotomis capreana (1)

Also
A pug sp.

Plus
It must have been emergence time for two species - we had:

Marbled Piercer, Cydia splendana (11)
July Highflyer, Hydriomena furcata (26)

(Robin Griffiths)

Scalloped Hook-tip (Robin Griffiths)

Dark Arches (Robin Griffiths)

Small Rivulet (Robin Griffiths)

July Highflyer (Robin Griffiths)

Early Thorn (Robin Griffiths)

Bordered Beauty (Robin Griffiths)

Poplar Sober, Anacampsis populella (Robin Griffiths)


Ochreous Pearl, Anania crocealis (Robin Griffiths)




Marbled Piercer, Cydia splendana (Robin Griffiths)




Sallow Marble, Apotomis capreana (Robin Griffiths)

Ridgeway path

Very peaceful here today. Lots of butterflies, including a newly-emerged group of Red Admirals by the old Ridgeway café and further down the path. Groups of swifts and swallows feeding well.

A delightful setting, apart from the old burnt-out car and an abandoned sofa, hastily dumped along the Ridgeway path.

(Felicity Cobb)

The chalky ,empty Ridgeway path. (Felicity Cobb)

Fluffy clouds over some still landscapes. (Felicity Cobb)

More Fluffy Clouds(Felicity Cobb)

A curious lamb by the Barbury Castle parking area. (Felicity Cobb)

South Leaze
Location

3 Little Grebe, 19 Canada Geese, 13 Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Snipe, Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Goldfinch, Whitethroat, Swallow, House Martin.

(Malcolm Royal)

26 Jul 16

Blakehill Farm NR
Location

4 Redstarts including a male in near full breeding plumage, 2 Red Kites and a family of Reed Buntings.

(Robin Griffiths)

Coate Water
Location

Adult Mediterranean Gull still present. See on the diving platform this evening.

(Malcolm Royal)

Cricklade
Location

Not many moths last night but some hard ones! A very dark The Spectacle. Also a puzzling geometer moth that may be too worn to ID, and two tiny micros - a possible Coleophora lineolea and Phyllonorycter maestingella?

(Robin Griffiths)

A very dark The Spectacle (Robin Griffiths)

As above (Robin Griffiths)

A possible Coleophora lineolea (Robin Griffiths)

A possible Phyllonorycter maestingella (Robin Griffiths)


Nythe
Location

Despite the rain on and off today, life still goes on in the back garden, with 17 Leaf-cutter Bee nests now completed. There were also a few Large and Small Whites flitting around the vegetable patch, whilst a Red Admiral tried to warm up on the kitchen window frame.

(Martin Adlam)

Leaf-cutter Bee nest box from last year doing well.....

.....and this years box with 11 completed nests.

Here a Leaf-cutter Bee brings in a freshly cut leaf.

And here another enters a new nest site. Note the body is covered in pollen.

One of a few Large Whites in the vegetable patch

A Red Admiral that has now been in the garden for 5 days now.

Ravensroost
Location

Marsh Tit family

(Robin Griffiths)