31 Aug 16

Highworth
Location

Moth numbers down but my first Centre-barred Sallow (Atethmia centrago) of the year in Highworth, plus 3 Rusty Dot Pearl (Udea ferrugalis) and 6 Silver Y.

(Steve Nash)

Centre-barred Sallow (Steve Nash)

Ravensroost
Location

A Dark-triangle Button, Acleris laterana was seen and photographed here today.

(Robin Griffiths)

Acleris laterana (Robin Griffiths)

Note:
A tripod was found near Ravensroost meadow pond today. If you have lost it or know someone that has, then please let me know. (Robin Griffiths)

30 Aug 16

Braydon
Location

49 species at Braydon including Black Arches, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Carcina quercana, Feathered Gothic, Pale Eggar, Small Wainscot and Nephopterix angustella, the last being a first for the site.

(Robin Griffiths)

Feathered Gothic (Robin Griffiths)

Moth sp. (Robin Griffiths)

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Robin Griffiths)

Long-horned Flat-body, Carcina quercana (Robin Griffiths)

Small Wainscot (Robin Griffiths)

Pale Eggar (Robin Griffiths)

Lawns
Location

Lovely to see Small Tortoiseshell on the buddleia today.

(Felicity Cobb)

Small Tortoiseshell (Felicity Cobb)

Small Tortoiseshell (Felicity Cobb)

Nythe
Location

I've not had an opportunity to put the moth trap out lately, but it doesn't seem to matter with quite a few coming into the bathroom and kitchen. Recently I have had Orange Swift, Willow Beauty, Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer, Double-striped Pug and Yellow Satin Veneer

(Martin Adlam)

Willow Beauty, Peribatodes rhomboidaria

Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer, Agriphila geniculea

Double-striped Pug, Gymnoscelis rufifasciata

Yellow Satin Veneer, Crambus perlella

Shaw
Location

Mixed group of 50+ Swallow & House Martin over my garden at the moment. Going to miss sitting in the garden when I move.

(Matt Pringle)

29 Aug 16

Blakehill Farm NR
Location

3 Whinchats, 3 Wheatears, 3 Redstarts, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroats, Green Woodpecker, Little Owl, 2 Reed Buntings and 2 Chiffchaffs

(Robin Griffiths)

Coate Water
Location

Hide 2 was quite full today, so I spent time in Hide 1 which was fairly quiet. However I did get the Kingfisher to the left of the hide and after I put some seed out for the Bank Vole, he eventually turned up after an hour and ate the lot, so I did get a few shots for the day.

(Tony Martin)

Bank Vole (Tony Martin)

Bank Vole (Tony Martin)

Bank Vole (Tony Martin)

CWP Pits 68a/b

4 Black Tern. 59 Shoveler, 12 Pochard, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 8 Teal, 11 Heron, 23 Little Egret, 128 Cormorant, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail and Cetti's Warbler. More on the CWP Blog Here.

(Shane Faulkner)


Black Tern (Shane Faulkner)

Black Tern (Shane Faulkner)

Black Tern (Shane Faulkner)

Black Tern (Shane Faulkner)

Black Tern (Shane Faulkner)

Black Tern (Shane Faulkner)

Note: More Black Tern Videos by Shane Here

Cricklade
Location

New for the year last night - Rosy Rustic, Garden Pebble and September Thorn (Ennomos erosaria) - I think... Also my first unscathed Canary-shouldered Thorn (the first one was eaten by ants).

(Robin Griffiths)

September Thorn (Robin Griffiths)

Canary-shouldered Thorn (Robin Griffiths)

Rosy Rustic (Robin Griffiths)

South Leaze

A very worthwhile late-afternoon walk to South Leaze in search of my traditional bank holiday sandpiper. Little of note along the Old Town railway path (not much of anything in fact - even a dearth of Wood Pigeons!), apart from a Heron and a Roe Deer with her young(er) one.

Likewise along the old canal from the skew bridge to Waitrose, but I was surprised to flush three Partridges from directly in front of me as I crossed towards South Leaze lake - Grey, I think, but they flew away into the sun.

At the lake - most of it under some water - lots of Swallows, plenty of Moorhens, adult and juvenile, a Heron, 2 Teal, and a very nervous juvenile Gull, but no sandpiper. As I continued towards the two newer lakes near the motorway, both Kestrel and Buzzard in flight.

At the “lakes” - what little there is of them at present, with one completely dry and the other mostly - great view of a pair of Linnets perched prominently in a small tree. Again, lots of Swallows, plus a few more Teal and Moorhens, and the object of my affections, 2 Green Sandpipers.

Back along the canal to Waitrose, more Swallows and, as elsewhere, many Goldfinches in the hedgerow trees, living up to the collective noun. Then a brief return to South Leaze for another look at the lake, where the sandpipers had relocated. Finally - and the best had waited until last - as I watched the Kestrel hovering again nearby, a Hobby flew over, fairly low, offering an excellent fleeting view of its distinctive facial features - perhaps attracted by the good number of dragonflies around the lake?

Back home via the lakes at Wichelstowe, where there were only Mallards in the water - along with dogs and young people!

(Brian Harris)

28 Aug 16

Cleveland Lakes Nature Reserve
Location

3 Black Tern, 6 Common Tern, 50+ Cormorant, 35+ Shoveler. More on the CWP Blog Here.

(John Edwards. Steve Wallace)

Coate Water
Location

At Coate Water today 2 Kingfishers, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Egret , 4 Grey Herons, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pochard, Gadwall, Tufted Ducks, Teal and Mallards, 9 Cormorants, Coots and Moorhens, 4 Great Crested Grebes. Lots of House Martins, 3 Common Terns, Canada Geese and Mute Swans.

On the Mammal front 1 fawn Roe Deer.

(Graham Cox and Tony Martin)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Snipe (Graham Cox)

Snipe (Graham Cox)

Snipe (Graham Cox)

A fawn Roe Deer (Graham Cox)

A fawn Roe Deer (Graham Cox)

Cricklade
Location

Once again main interest was micros last night with my first Rusty Dot Pearl and Large Lance-wing (Epermenia falciformis) for the garden and first Agriphila geniculea for the year. Also a Parornix sp. and a Copper Underwing - and 2 that, from their condition, were almost certainly re-traps from the previous night, a Flame Carpet and a Sharp-angled Peacock.

(Robin Griffiths)

Large Lance-wing, Epermenia falciformis (Robin Griffiths)

Agriphila geniculea (Robin Griffiths)

Rusty Dot Pearl (Robin Griffiths)

Parornix sp. (Robin Griffiths)

27 Aug 16

Coate Water
Location

At Coate Water today a Kingfisher and a Little Egret came across from the far side of the lake to sit on the crocodile log

(Dave Dunn and Jordan Yates)

Kingfisher (Dave Dunn)

Kingfisher (Dave Dunn)

Kingfisher (Dave Dunn)

Kingfisher (Jordan Yates)

Kingfisher (Jordan Yates)

Little Egret (Dave Dunn)

Little Egret (Dave Dunn)

Little Egret and juvenile Black-headed Gull  (Dave Dunn)

Little Egret (Jordan Yates)

Little Egret (Jordan Yates)

Coot (Jordan Yates)

Cricklade
Location

71 moths of 27 species last night including an unusual looking Flounced Rustic, which looks a lot narrower than I have come across before.

Also
Gold Spot, Sharp-angled Peacock and my first Common Marbled Carpet since 8th June! Not a single migrant.

And
Common Sexton Beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides

(Robin Griffiths)

Common Marbled Carpet (Robin Griffiths)

Flounced Rustic (Robin Griffiths)

Common Slender, Gracillaria syringella (Robin Griffiths)

Common Sexton Beetle (Robin Griffiths)

Elgin
Location

In a dry interlude this afternoon we saw 4 Blue Tits, 2 Great Tits, 3+ Long-tailed Tits and a very timid Great Spotted Woodpecker visit our garden feeders. The Woodpecker came twice while we were watching but stayed no more than a few seconds.

(Trevor & Sue Clayson)

Haydon End
Location

Lower numbers in the garden this morning but a new species for me Fern Smut, Psychoides filicivora.

79 moths of 22 species

Orange Swift
Fern Smut, Psychoides filicivora
Brown House Moth (2)
Bryotropha affinis
Light Brown Apple Moth (41)
Celypha lacunana
Agriphila tristella
Agriphila geniculea (3)
Common Plume
Garden Carpet
Common Marbled Carpet
Currant Pug
Brimstone (5)
Willow Beauty (3)
Large Yellow Underwing (2)
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (2)
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Burnished Brass
Square-spot Rustic (7)

And
Common Rustic agg
Caloptilia robustella\alchimiella
Yponomeutidae sp

Also
Hawthorn Shield Bug (2)
Mystacides longicornis (5)
Limnephilus lunatus
Caddisfly, Cyrnus trimaculatus
Common Wasp

(Nigel Sluman)

Fern Smut, Psychoides filicivora (Nigel Sluman)

Currant Pug (Nigel Sluman)

Lydiard Park
Location

Early this morning at Lydiard Park and birds recorded were: 4 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Little Grebe, 8 Mute Swan, 117 Mallard, a pair Gadwall, Tufted Duck, 139 Black-headed Gull, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 40 Swallow, 13 House Martin, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Jay.

(Nigel Pleass)