30 Sep 16

Aldbourne
Location

From the back garden in Oxford Street birds recorded were: 1 Red Kite, 1 Hobby, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, 2 House Martin, 6 Swallow, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 4 Raven, 1 Starling, 16 House Sparrow, 8 Chaffinch, 4 Linnet, 5 Goldfinch and 2 Greenfinch.

Butterflies: 5 Large Whites and 1 Small White

Also: Drone Flies, wasps sp. and Honey Bees

(Martin Adlam)

Goldcrest (Martin Adlam)

Dunnock (Martin Adlam)

Drone Fly (Martin Adlam)
Axford
Location

Grey Wagtail, 6 Swallows, mixed flock of around 40 Sand and House Martins, Jay.

(Malcolm Royal)

Brinkworth
Location

Raven from the garden again - now present for 3+ weeks - resident for the winter?

(Ian Searle)

Chilton Foliat
Location

Very few birds but many trout by the road bridge.

(Malcolm Royal)

Chiseldon
Location

Tawny Owl

(Malcolm Royal)

Faringdon Park
Location

Faringdon Park has c50 Black-headed Gulls each morning plus an immature Lesser Black-backed or Herring Gull.

(Richard Williams)

Froxfield
Location

5 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Meadow Pipit.

(Malcolm Royal)

Hinton Downs
Location

3 Red Kite and 2 Buzzards above the hill.

From the car a Red Kite being mobbed by a Carrion Crow (Martin Adlam)

Morgan's Hill
Location

An Ortolan Bunting flew south at 07:30am. Via BirdGuides Here

Toothill
Location

Singing Chiffchaff in garden this morning briefly.

(Richard Williams)

Note: 9 Redwing were seen at Yatton Keynell just northwest of Chippenham (unfortunately outside the 10 mile radius of Swindon) by Geoff & Shane Faulkner, so the winter thrushes are about.

29 Sep 16

Blakehill Farm NR
Location

Whinchat, 3 Stonechats, 8 Yellow Wagtails, 45 Meadow Pipits, 22 Swallows all heading SW, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Reed Buntings, 4 Linnets and Sparrowhawk

(Robin Griffiths)

Castle Eaton
Location

2 Grey Wagtails on the Thames by the bridge, 12 Linnets, Grey Heron and a Buzzard in the fields.

(Steve Davies)

Coate Water
Location

Little Egret, Kingfisher, 3 Wigeon, 7 Shoveler, Chiffchaff.

(Malcolm Royal)

Cricklade
Location

Just 4 species last night the only interest being a Shuttle-shaped Dart the first since 19th August.

(Robin Griffiths)

Lawns
Location

Still a Red Admiral, quite pristine, flying round the garden. Autumn is not yet here!

(Felicity Cobb)

Nythe
Location

Lunar Underwing in the garden this morning

(Martin Adlam)

Lunar Underwing (Martin Adlam)

South Leaze
Location

Quick detour to South Leaze Farm and counted 75 Swallows heading south. Also Little Grebe and Dunnock

(Richard Williams)

Stanton Park
Location

Main highlights here this afternoon (4:10pm - 5:45pm) were a Little Grebe on the pool, a pair of Kingfishers and a Water Rail calling at the opposite end to the Dam. Also a 2 Blackcaps with one in sub-song. There were at least two flocks of tits, warblers and Goldcrests moving around the pool, with 2 Marsh Tits, Long-tailed Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Goldcrests and at least 5 Chiffchaffs in one flock.

Birds Recorded: Little Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 30+ Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 2 Kingfisher, 20+ Swallow, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Wren, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Bullfinch.

Also: 1 Grey Squirrel, 1 Rabbit and in the pool over a dozen Perch

Butterflies: 6 Red Admiral

Other: Small wasps sp.

(Martin Adlam)

A Little Grebe tags along behind a drake Mallard (Martin Adlam)

A Wood Pigeon makes the most of the late afternoon sun. (Martin Adlam)

This Robin must have been about 6 feet away from me singing away in the bush. (Martin Adlam)

A Rabbit feeding by the Wardens House (Martin Adlam)

The first Perch I've ever seen in the pool. (Martin Adlam)

Harlequin (Martin Adlam)

Black Bryony, Tamus communis (Martin Adlam)

Note: Thank you to Judy Gosnell for the correct ID of the Black BryonyTamus communis . I had it down as a Guelder Rose.

Kempsford, River Thames
Location

20 Meadow Pipits over, a group of around 25 Swallows over and another group of 8 further down the path. 2 Moorhens, 2 Grey Herons, Pied Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 7 Canada Geese, Stock Dove, party of Long-tailed Tits. I haven't seen a Dunnock for about 2 months but there were at least half a dozen there, with one singing briefly.

(Steve Davies)

28 Sep 16

CWP Pit 74
Location

Seen from Twitchers Gate the Black-necked Grebe again at the eastern end. More on the CWP Blog Here.

(Shane & Geoff Faulkner)

Chiseldon
Location

2 Swallows heading South

(Malcolm Royal)

CWP Pit 200, Kent End Farm Quarry
Location

Black Swan, 2 Teal, 11 Pochard, 26 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe. More on the CWP Blog Here.

(Shane & Geoff Faulkner)


Two Grey Wagtail feeding along the shoreline (Shane Faulkner)

Black Swan in flight (Shane Faulkner)

Liddington Hill Area
Location

Folly Farm to the Ridgeway and Liddington Hill: 6 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, 2 Kestrel, Raven, 4 Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, several Meadow Pipits and Skylarks, 1 flock of around 60 Linnets, Yellowhammer, 3 House Martins.

(Malcolm Royal)

Liden
Location

It's been over 3 weeks since I last ran my trap - mostly because we've been on holiday on Madeira! So I was quite pleased with the catch last night: 19 species and 56 moths. This included a bumper crop of 6 Barred Sallows - the most I've ever had in one night. Plus a Square-spot Rustic with the squarest spot I've seen! And also a very green Brindled Green.

(Steve Covey)

Barred Sallows (Steve Covey)

Square-spot Rustic with the squarest spot I've ever seen (Steve Covey)

Brindled Green (Steve Covey)

Nythe
Location

Just 9 moths, with 4 species in the moth trap this morning
Lesser Yellow Underwings (5)
Lunar Underwings (2)
Light Brown Apple Moth (1)
Blair's Shoulder Knot (1)
Also:
A possible Caddis fly - Welshman's Button, Sericostoma personatum which is variable in colour.
An Ichneumon, Ophion scutellaris
A Crane Fly, Tipula luna

(Martin Adlam)

Lesser Yellow Underwings (Martin Adlam)

Lunar Underwings (Martin Adlam)

Light Brown Apple Moth (Martin Adlam)

Blair's Shoulder Knot (Martin Adlam)


A possible Caddis fly - Welshman's Button, Sericostoma personatum (Martin Adlam)

Welshman's Button, Sericostoma personatum (Martin Adlam)

Ichneumon, Ophion scutellaris (Martin Adlam)

Ichneumon, Ophion scutellaris (Martin Adlam)

An Ichneumon, Ophion scutellaris upsetting the moths from this morning trap. (Martin Adlam)

Note: Thank you to Robin Griffiths for ID'ing the Blair's Shoulder Knot ID. I had it down as a Sprawler.

27 Sep 16

Cricklade
Location

A Vapourer seems to have entered the house sometime this morning while I was checking the moth trap - my first in the garden since 2014, perhaps showing they do come to light at night. Also second Black Rustic and Blair's Shoulder-knot for the year.

(Robin Griffiths)
The Vapourer (Robin Griffiths)

26 Sep 16

Highworth
Location

24 moths of 12 species in Highworth last night, including the first Feathered Thorn of the year, plus Yellow-line Quaker, Pink-barred Sallow, 2 November Moth agg., 2 Angle Shades, Lunar Underwing and Lesser Yellow Underwing.

(Steve Nash)
Nightingale Wood
Location

Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 18 Blackcap and 7 Chiffchaff. More on the WOS Site Here.

(Graham Deacon)

Nythe Pool
Location

Mid-afternoon: 2:30pm - 4:25pm
Sadly no sign of my mystery bird, but plenty of new additions to the mixed flock moving around Nythe Pool and Wood, with a Treecreeper, Blackcap and Wrens all joining in. The Kingfisher was by the bridge Here, as I crossed it he shot off down stream. Overhead a Grey Wagtail, in the wood a Great Spotted Woodpecker and more Chiffchaffs with at least 5 birds now, with 2 singing.

One of several Goldcrests moving around the pool. (Martin Adlam)


Late Morning. 11:15am - 11:55am
Right place, right time with a Yellow Wagtail over, a Kingfisher flying over the estate towards the pool (second time I've seen this) and a huge mix flock of tits, warblers and Goldcrests. There were a good dozen or more Long-tailed Tits, a few Great Tits, Blue Tits, 2 Goldcrests, at least 3 Chiffchaffs with one singing, and a Coal Tit heard!!!,

There was also 1 individual warbler, which was following the main party, with quite a distinct stripe above the eye and it sounded like this:


Quite a distinct sound which alerted me to it.

Hmm, unfortunately I didn't have any binoculars with me so just Mark 1 eyeball. Possibly a Yellow-browed Warbler, I don't know, the call was brief, which made me think that it was a Coal Tit. When the main party flew off, whatever it was, disappeared as well.

There are a few YBW's just across the border in Oxfordshire, so anything is possible. Will revisit the pool this afternoon.

Note: If it is a YBW and it starts singing, I shall be listening out for a "Pied Wagtail" type song:


The song of a Yellow-browed Warbler

(Martin Adlam)


SBaW Systematic Moth List Here.

Other Counties Bird News
 Here

25 Sep 16

Highworth
Location

32 species in Highworth last night. Moth of the night was an Alder Moth (Acronicta alni) which is new for the garden. It's also the latest one I've recorded by nearly 3 months and presumably a 2nd brood example. Also 4 Silver Y (Autographa gamma), 1 Rush Veneer (Nomophila noctuella) and a late Marbled Beauty (Bryophila domestica).

(Steve Nash)

Alder Moth, Acronicta alni (Steve Nash)

Lotmead Farm
Location

Highlights from an early morning visit (6:30am - 9:30am) were: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Wigeon, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 20+ House Martin, 10 Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 14 Robin, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Plus 2 Muntjac. More on my Blog Here

Spotted Flycatcher (Martin Adlam)

Muntjac (Martin Adlam)

Nythe
Location

Just 10 moths in the trap this morning in Nythe. There would have been a lot more but I had several Frogs eating the moths that landed on the lawn.

What did "escape" into the trap were 1 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 3 Light Brown Apple Moths and a  Lesser Yellow Underwing, Noctua comes.

I also had 4 other moths which were all about the same size as a 1 new pence coin, possibly Lunar Underwings, Omphaloscelis lunosa.

Also: Possible Crane FlyTipula luna and Caddis FlyLimnephilus lunatus

(Martin Adlam)

Common Marbled Carpet

Lesser Yellow Underwing

Large Yellow Underwing

Lunar Underwing, Omphaloscelis lunosa

Lunar Underwing

Lunar Underwing. A rufous variation

Lunar Underwing. A dark variation

All 4 Lunar Underwings, showing the different variations.

Light Brown Apple Moth

Light Brown Apple Moth

Caddis Fly, Limnephilus lunatus

Possibly Crane Fly, Tipula luna

24 Sep 16

Cricklade
Location

Just 9 species, 28 moths last night, but included my first Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing for the garden - a female that I don't think I've seen anywhere before, also a Blair's Shoulder Knot NFY. Lots of wasps - must be a nest somewhere here.

(Robin Griffiths)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Robin Griffiths)

Blair's Shoulder Knot (Robin Griffiths)

Highworth
Location

170 moths of 23 species in the traps this morning, despite the cold and gusty wind. Brindled Green (Dryobotodes eremita) was NFY.

Also Rusty Dot Pearl (Udea ferrugalis), 3 Beaded Chestnut (Agrochola lychnidis), and a big increase in Lunar Underwing (55), plus 60 Large Yellow Underwing.

(Steve Nash)

23 Sep 16

Folly Farm
Location

Main highlights this afternoon were 8 Wheatear in Ouzel Field Here with 5 by the Ridgeway road and 3 by Folly Copse Here. Also a Kestrel flying just feet off the ground, which turned and nearly caught a Skylark that was sitting there minding its own business. The Kestrel tried chasing it, but the Skylark managed to escape. Also at Folly Copse Here there were a dozen or more Red Admirals feeding on the Ivy.

Birds Recorded: 2 Kestrel, 2 Pheasant, Wood Pigeon, 1 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 10 Meadow Pipit, Robin, 8 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Chaffinch, 2 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch and 2 Corn Bunting.

Butterflies seen: 20+ Red Admirals, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma and 1 Large White. Also lots of White-lipped Banded Snail and Dance Flies.

(Martin Adlam)

The view of Liddington Hill from Folly Farm (Martin Adlam)

"Ouzel Field" full of Wheatears this afternoon. (Martin Adlam)

At "Folly Copse" this Ivy had 12 or more Red Admirals. (Martin Adlam)

This Buzzard was helped on its way by one of the 2 Kestrels here today. (Martin Adlam)

Once the Buzzard was out the way it was back to quartering the fields. (Martin Adlam)

A Wheatear....

.....and another. (Martin Adlam)

Haydon End
Location

A very quiet night in the garden, but no surprise given the temperatures!

14 moths of 5 species

Light Brown Apple Moth (3)
Large Yellow Underwing
Lesser Yellow Underwing (3)
Square-spot Rustic (2)
Lunar Underwing (5)

Also 2 Limnephilus lunatus

(Nigel Sluman)

Lawns
Location

2 Red Admirals together this morning on the ivy. Last night I saw a bat...not seen here for at least 30 years!

(Felicity Cobb)

Morgan's Hill
Location

Ring Ouzel flew over this morning. Via BirdGuides Here

Swindon Sewage Treatment Works
Location

4 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret, 4 Swallow, 20 Meadow Pipit, 94 Blackcap, 20 Chiffchaff, 5 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler.

(Matt Prior and Simon Wicks)

22 Sep 16

Coate Water
Location

After mid August you don't usually see the Chinese Soft-shelled Turtle at Coate, but down at Hide 2 he came out for a bit of September sun. Also a Little Egret landed in front of the Hide and yes another Kingfisher.

(Tony Martin)

Little Egret (Tony Martin)

Kingfisher (Tony Martin)

Chinese Soft-shelled Turtle (Tony Martin)

CWP Pit 68a/b

Location

Whilst walking around CWP Pit 68a/b today we saw a Fox appear from behind a boat. We saw that it had prey and assumed it was a bird. We were shocked to then see it move away with a large Pike.

(Shane & Geoff Faulkner)


Fox with large Pike and Little Egret checking them out (Shane Faulkner)


Fox with large Pike (Shane Faulkner)

CWP Pit 74
Location

Viewed from Twitchers gate a Black-necked Grebe on the pit this morning. More on the CWP Blog Here.

(Shane & Geoff Faulkner)


Black-necked Grebe with horse in background (Shane Faulkner)

Nightingale Wood
Location

19 Chiffchaff, 30 Blackcap, 20 Swallow and 30 House Martin.

(Graham Deacon)