31 Oct 16

Blakehill Farm NR
Location

20 Fieldfare,  46 Redwing, 5 Stonechat, Raven, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Lesser Redpoll. More on the CWP Blog Here

(Bob Markham)

Coate Water
Location

At Coate Water today 3 Little Egrets, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Grey Herons, 12 Cormorants, 2 Little Grebes, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Water Rail, Mallards, Gadwall, Shovelers, Teal, Wigeon and Tufted Ducks, Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Moorhens, Coots, Black-headed Gulls, Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a flock of Lapwings, 1 Red Kite, 1 Robin, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, 2 Wrens, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Chaffinch and 2 Dunnocks.

On The Mammal front: 3 Squirrels, 1 Rat and 1 Bank Vole.

Also 2 Common Darters still on the wing.

(Graham Cox, Tony Martin , Helen Sly, Terry Winter and Dave the Bike)

Lapwings (Graham Cox)

Little Egret (Graham Cox)

Little Egret (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

Little Grebe (Graham Cox)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Common Darter (Graham Cox)

Fungi sp. (Graham Cox)

Nythe
Location

A busy morning whilst I was in the back garden doing a bit of hedge trimming, with a small party of Long-tailed Tits, Blue Tits and a Goldcrest passing through. Also for the first time ever 2 Wrens "squabbling" with 1 bird breaking into song! Normally only ever see one. Also overhead a single Meadow Pipit, 6 Starlings and 2 Fieldfare.

(Martin Adlam)

30 Oct 16

CWP Pits 68
Location

Peregrine, 10 Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap. More on the CWP Blog Here

(Nigel Pleass)

Cricklade
Location

9 moths of eight species last night - another Rosy Rustic (or the same one from the night before), a different Large Wainscot from the previous night, a Red-green Carpet, a Lesser Yellow Underwing, a Beaded Chestnut and a Light Brown Apple Moth.

A November agg. was on the wall but flew off, while I found another one with only wings left (another spider victim). Most tantalising was a micro that flew off after just a glimpse - it looked like a Long-horned Flat-body (Carcina quercana)!

(Robin Griffiths)

Highworth
Location

75 moths of 23 species in the trap, including migrants - Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella), Rush Veneer (Nomophila noctuella) and Silver Y (Autographa gamma).

Also late Garden Carpet and The Snout - my latest being 3/11 last year for both species; Garden Midget (Phyllonorycter messaniella), 2 London Dowd (Blastobasis lacticolella), 4 Common Marbled Carpet, 10! Red-green Carpet, 2 Setaceous Hebrew, 1 The Sprawler, 2 Merveille du Jour and 5 Angle Shades.

(Steve Nash)

Diamond-back Moth (Steve Nash)

Rush Veneer (Steve Nash)

Mouldon Hill CP

Location

Birds seen this morning: Walking east there were 6 Black-headed Gulls on the "playing field" area, on the hill a Jay, at least three groups of Long-tailed Tits.  At the eastern end (so well away from the lake) three Cormorants on one of the pylons.  Amongst the shrubs several Redwings and a Song Thrush.  By the river a Grey Heron and a Chiffchaff.  On the lake a juvenile Great Crested Grebe.
Other species:  Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Coot, Moorhen,  Rook, Magpie, Pied Wagtail (heard), Starling (including a group of c30), Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch (heard) and Blackbird, Also a Roe Deer.

The autumn colours along the canal were splendid.

(Richard Williams)

Nightingale Wood
Location

Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 150 Fieldfare, 500 Redwing, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 30 Siskin. More on the WOS Site Here

(Graham Deacon)

Nythe Pool
Location

Main highlights this lunchtime were 23 Tufted Duck which flew south and a late Speckled Wood butterfly.

Birds Recorded: 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit overhead, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, 2 Treecreeper, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow.

Also 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax), 2 Hoverfly sp., several wasps sp. and a Caddis FlyLimnephilus lunatusa.

(Martin Adlam)

Drone Fly, Eristalis tenax (Martin Adlam)

Drone Fly, Eristalis tenax (Martin Adlam)

29 Oct 16

Cricklade
Location

11 moths of 8 species at Cricklade including a probable Viburnum Button (Acleris schalleriana), Merveille du Jour found loafing on the lawn, Rosy Rustic, Cypress Carpet, Large Wainscot, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Large Yellow Underwing and 4 Light Brown Apple Moths.

(Robin Griffiths)

Rosy Rustic (Robin Griffiths)

Probable Viburnum Button, Acleris schalleriana (Robin Griffiths)

Highworth
Location

41 moths of 17 species, including 3rd site record of Cypress Carpet and a late Vapourer.

Also 2 Merveille du Jour, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Character, 2 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 London Dowd (Blastobasis lacticolella) and 1 Rush Veneer (Nomophila noctuella).

(Steve Nash)

Merveille du Jour (Steve Nash)

Nightingale Wood
Location

3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 300 Fieldfare, 700 Redwing, 20 Goldcrest.

(Phil & Graham Deacon)

Nythe
Location

In the moth trap this morning 14 moths of 6 species:
Light Brown Apple Moth, Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Cypress Carpet, Thera cupressata (7)
Common Marbled Carpet, Dysstroma truncata (1)
Red-green Carpet, Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Feathered Thorn, Colotois pennaria (1)
Brown House-moth, Hofmannophila pseudospretella (1)

Plus:
Craneflies sp. (2)
Caddis Fly, Limnephilus lunatusa (2)
Mosquitoes sp.(2)
Fly sp. (1)

(Martin Adlam)

Note: Thank you to Robin Griffiths for correctly Id'ing the Red-green Carpet. I had it down as a Green Carpet.


Feathered Thorn (Martin Adlam)

Feathered Thorn with wings open (Martin Adlam)

Cypress Carpet (Martin Adlam)

Red-green Carpet (Martin Adlam)

Brown House-moth (Martin Adlam)

Common Marbled Carpet (Martin Adlam)

Caddis Fly, Limnephilus lunatusa (Martin Adlam)

Swindon Sewage Treatment Works
Location

6 Green Sandpiper, 6 Snipe, 4 Water Rail, 21 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap. 10 Redwing. More on the WOS Site Here

(Matt Prior)

Toothill
Location

I did a quarterly RSPB style garden Birdwatch for an hour this morning.  All rather quiet but nonetheless: 11 House Sparrows, 4 Magpies, 3 Collared Doves, 1 each of Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin and Dunnock: the last one being the best lingering and affording good views.

(Richard Williams)

28 Oct 16

Coate Water
Location

Today at Coate there were lots of Sulphur Tuft fungiHypholoma fasciculare around Hide 1, where there was also a Wren, a Grey Squirrel feeding on the nuts and 2 Little Egrets feeding to the left of the hide. Down at Hide 2 the Goosander was still showing and there were also 2 Green Sandpipers flying around.

(Tony Martin)

Wren (Tony Martin)

Grey Squirrel (Tony Martin)

Sulphur Tuft Fungi (Tony Martin)

Lushill area
Location

Up to 250 Fieldfares and Redwings (mostly Fieldfares) between Lushill and Castle Eaton and a Buzzard also.

(Steve Davies)

Nythe
Location

2 Siskins and a Lesser Redpoll over the estate early this morning.

(Martin Adlam)

27 Oct 16

Blakehill Farm NR
Location

Red Kite, Snipe, 2 Stonechats, c25 Fieldfares, Mistle Thrush

(Robin Griffiths)

Coate Water
Location

Around the diving board area were Canada Goose, Mallard, Cormorant, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Herring, Lesser Black-backed and Black-headed Gulls, Grey Heron, Blue Swedish Duck, 2 white Call Ducks and the Aylesbury Duck.

(Maurice Carne)

Aylesbury Duck (Maurice Carne)

Aylesbury Duck (Maurice Carne)

Liden
Location

On feeders in front garden a charm of 14 Goldfinches along with 8 Chaffinches and Great, Coal and Blue Tits, plus one Great Spotted Woodpecker.

(Don  Hopkins)

Liden Lagoon
Location

Don Hopkins
Yesterday evening probable female Goosander, not showing lunchtime today. 40+ Gadwall, 6 Mute Swans, 1 Cormorant and usual Coot, Moorhens, Mallard and Canada Geese.

Maurice Carne
A quick visit on the way home and noted Canada Goose, Mallard, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Coot, Gadwall and a female Goosander. Also plenty of Rowan berries.

A female Goosander (Maurice Carne)

A female Goosander (Maurice Carne)

Rowan Berries (Maurice Carne)

Morgan's Hill
Location

A Rock Pipit flew east at 8:40am. Via BirdGuides Here

Mouldon Hill CP
Location

Main highlight this morning was hundreds of Redwing, Fieldfare, Song Thrush & Blackbird on the patch today. It felt almost like a coastal watchpoint at times.

Other birds recorded: 27 Canada Goose, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk , Kingfisher, 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 3 Reed Bunting

(Matt Pringle)

Pentylands
Location

Spectacular view of a Red Kite and a late Red Admiral. Also seen: Green Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock. More on the SBaW Facebook Group Here.

(Neil George)

Red Kite (Neil George)

Red Admiral (Neil George)

Warneage Wood
Location

An interesting walk around Warneage Wood with the main highlight being a Roe Deer which I wasn't expecting to see.

Birds Recorded: 2 Red Kite, Wood Pigeon, Skylark overhead, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 2 Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 20+ Starling, 30+ House Sparrow, Chaffinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll, Linnet, Goldfinch and 3 Bullfinch.

Also 1 Roe Deer and a Rabbit.

Plus lots of Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) and Scathophaga stercoraria, commonly known as the Yellow Dung fly or the Golden Dung fly.

(Martin Adlam)

Warneage Wood (Martin Adlam)

A Carrion Crow in pursuit of a Red Kite (Martin Adlam)

One of many Nursery Web Spiders here today. (Martin Adlam)

A Golden Dung Fly (Martin Adlam)

26 Oct 16

Coate Water
Location

At Coate today 2 Little Egrets and all the usual ducks. Down at Hide 1 we put some seed down and had 4 Bank Voles and 2 Grey Squirrels.

At Hide 2 we had a Muntjac

But the best today was a drake Goosander, the first for us at Coate this winter.

Also: 2 Little Egrets, 2 Kingfishers, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shovelers, Mallards and Tufted Ducks, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Grey Herons, 12 Cormorants, Moorhens, Coots, 3 Water Rails heard, 3 Dunnocks, 2 Robins, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, usual corvids, 2 Wrens and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

(Tony Martin and Graham Cox)

A drake Goosander. (Tony Martin)

Drake Goosander. (Graham Cox)

Robin (Tony Martin)

Robin (Graham Cox)

Blue Tit (Tony Martin)

Blue Tit (Graham Cox)

Little Egret (Graham Cox)

Little Egret (Graham Cox)

Bank Vole (Graham Cox)

Cricklade
Location

Feathered Thorn (Colotois pennaria) and The Sprawler both NFY last night, together with a dark Green-brindled Crescent, Diamond-backed Moth and 2 Light Brown apple Moths.

(Robin Griffiths)

Feathered Thorn (Robin Griffiths)

The Sprawler (Robin Griffiths)

Green-brindled Crescent (Robin Griffiths)

Highworth
Location

24 moths of 12 species in the trap, including the first Feathered Thorn (Colotois pennaria) 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)

Feathered Thorn (Steve Nash)

Lower Moor Farm
Location

Yellow-browed Warbler present this morning. Via CWP Blog Here and BirdGuides Here

Nythe
Location

In the moth trap this morning 1 Cypress Carpet (Thera cupressata), 1 Black Rustic (Aporophyla nigra) and a Light Brown Apple Moth.

Plus 2 Caddis Flies sp., a Fruit Fly sp., Money Spider sp. and a possibly a Green Dock Leaf Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula)

Also about a Speckled Wood that has been in and out of the garden for most of the day.

(Martin Adlam)

Cypress Carpet (Martin Adlam)

Black Rustic (Martin Adlam)

Light Brown Apple Moth (Martin Adlam)

Possible Green Dock Leaf Beetle (Martin Adlam)

Caddis Fly sp. (Martin Adlam)

Swanborough
Location

Pied Wagtails on the roof of the Freke Arms. In the surrounding area: 4-6 Skylarks, 2 Meadow Pipits, a few LinnetsBullfinchYellowhammerJayKestrel, 3 small parties of Long-tailed Tits.

Also recorded, GoldfinchRobinDunnockJackdaw , Blue TitGreat Tit and Wood Pigeon.

(Steve Davies)

Savernake Forest
Location

A fantastic afternoon collecting some whopping Sweet Chestnuts was also topped by a party of Long-tailed Tits, Marsh Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Goldcrests and 2 Firecrests moving through the forest canopy above us. Also about were Jays, Treecreepers, Robins and several Redwing.

In amongst the leaf litter lots of Dor BeetlesGeotrupes stercorarius.

Birds Recorded: Wood Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Redwing, Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Wren, Jay, 10+ Chaffinch

Note: Beware of falling Chestnuts!

(Martin Adlam and Dawn Young)

Chestnuts galore (Martin Adlam)

Plenty of Dor Beetles about (Martin Adlam)

And another (Martin Adlam)

And 2 more (Martin Adlam)