28 Feb 17

Coate Water

Down at Hide 2 a pair of Ruddy Shelducks turned up on the island. Also Water Rails and the Jay feeding.

Back at Hide 1 a pair of Mallard mating, more Long-tailed Tits plus the one minus a tail. There are now a pair of Coal Tits coming to the feeders.

(Tony Martin)

Ruddy Shelduck (Tony Martin)

Ruddy Shelduck (Tony Martin)

A pair of Mallard mating (Tony Martin)

Coal Tit (Tony Martin)

Nythe

A not so common Common Gull over the house this morning.

Friday Ham Lane

This morning, several Long-tailed Tits, 2 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk. All seen from the window of Jennie's Kitchen cafe.

(Felicity Cobb and Gaynor Dabner)

Long-tailed Tit (Felicity Cobb)

Penhill and Seven Fields

Kites over.

(Marilyn Beale)

Pentylands

Treecreeper. Seen them elsewhere but never here before.

Also seen: BullfinchChaffinchGreenfinchGoldfinchBlue TitLong-tailed TitGreat TitYellowhammerDunnock and Wren.

Green Woodpecker and Buzzard heard.

(Neil George)

Waterhay

Both Great White Egret and Little Egret here today.

Also a large group of Pochards, a few Wigeon, a Reed Bunting and a Common Gull

(Neil George)

Great White Egret (Neil George)

Little Egret (Neil George)

Common Gull (Neil George)


Non-birding News

Twitchers Gate

Fly tipping, possibly containing asbestos, dumped here recently.

(Felicity Cobb)

Fly-tipping at Twitchers Gate (Felicity Cobb)

27 Feb 17

Nythe

A small flock of Siskins over the house this morning.

(Martin Adlam)

Pinehurst

My first frogspawn noted this morning.

(Maurice Carne)

Frog spawn (Maurice Carne)

Swindon

Chiffchaff. Via WOS Site Here

(Paul Castle)

26 Feb 17

Coate Water

Felicity Cobb
I remembered some seed today! And was surprised how many small birds came flocking to the feeder near Broome Manor Lane. 2 Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Robin, 1 Blue Tit and 1 Great Tit.

Also seen: 1 Shoveler, 6 Moorhens in bushes and 1 handsome Black-headed Gull with almost a full cap.

A Black-headed Gull (Felicity Cobb)

Moorhens (Felicity Cobb)

Moorhen (Felicity Cobb)

A drake Shoveler (Felicity Cobb)

The diving platform at Coate(Felicity Cobb)

An uprooted tree by the cafe. A casualty of Storm Doris. (Felicity Cobb)

Graham Cox and Tony Martin
Total of 4 Water Rails at both Hides.

Other birds seen were 1 Kingfisher, 10 Grey Herons, 6 Cormorants, 4 Goosanders, Teal, Gadwall, Shovelers, Mallards, Tufted Ducks, 4 Great Crested Grebes, Canada Geese, Mute Swans, 1 Buzzard, 2 Jays, Dunnocks, Robins, a pair of Chaffinches, 2 Wrens, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler heard and seen, 1 Treecreeper, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Long-tailed Tits.

At Hide 1 the 1st Coal Tit for over a year and a Long-tailed Tit without a tail!

 Also 1 Bank Vole

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Coal Tit (Graham Cox)

Coal Tit (Graham Cox)

Blue Tit (Graham Cox)

Long-tailed Tit minus the tail. (Graham Cox)

Jay (Graham Cox)

Robin (Graham Cox)

CWP Pit 60

Female Ruddy Shelduck. Via BirdGuides Here

Ravensroost

Displaying Raven, Marsh Tit, 3 Redpolls and 20 Meadow Pipits

(Robin Griffiths)

25 Feb 17

Nythe

Another early morning walk with main highlights being a Kingfisher flying down Dorcan Stream and a Chiffchaff calling by the pool.

Birds recorded were: 2 Moorhen, 6 Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Treecreeper, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, 33 Starling, House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch and 1 Bullfinch.

(Martin Adlam)

Wichelstowe

Short-eared Owl here today. More images on our SBaW Facebook Page Here.

(Alan McCluskie)

Short-eared Owl (Alan McCluskie)

24 Feb 17

Elgin

Two Robins were visiting the garden feeders together today. Also the rather timid Great Spotted Woodpecker which has become a regular, if only fleeting, visitor to the feeders.

(Trevor & Sue Clayson)

Nythe

A early morning walk around Nythe in the wake of Storm Doris. A few more trees down lying across the paths in the woods and along Dorcan Stream. Cherry-Plum blossom coming out in force. Birds seen and heard this morning included 2 Song Thrushes and Dunnocks in song. Also about Goldcrest, Treecreeper and a pair of Siskins calling overhead.

(Martin Adlam)

Cherry-Plum (Martin Adlam)

23 Feb 17

Nythe Pool

Not too many birds about as Storm Doris makes her way across Swindon. Just a Grey Heron on the pool, Blackthorn in blossom and unsurprisingly a few fallen trees.

(Martin Adlam)

Blackthorn in blossom. (Martin Adlam)

One of several trees that fell during the high winds. (Martin Adlam)

Wroughton

A Barn Owl alongside A4361 south of Wroughton at 0:40 this morning.

(Malcolm Royal)

22 Feb 17

Aldbourne

1 Red Kite over this afternoon, Also a small flock of 12 Fieldfare

(Martin Adlam)

Braydon Manor

Peregrine over Here

(Robin Griffiths)

Eldene

Red Kite over midday

(Martin Adlam)

Freshbrook

Frog spawn in the garden pond tonight

(Deb Bowditch)

Nythe

I must have the noisiest Frogs on the planet. The garden pond is well churned up, but still no sign of any frog spawn.

(Martin Adlam)

21 Feb 17

Cricklade

First Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) of the year last night also Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla) and another 1 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana).

(Robin Griffiths)

Common Quaker (Robin Griffiths)

Nythe

Still no sign of any frog spawn in the garden pond, but lots of Frogs croaking throughout the night.

This afternoon an adult Common Gull on the playing fields and by Nythe pool a Grey Wagtail and Treecreeper.

Signs that Spring is on its way with a few Hawthorn leaves now out and Blackthorn flowers out in bloom on the south facing side of Nythe wood.

(Martin Adlam)

Blakehill Farm NR

Jack Snipe, at least 19 Common Snipe, 2 Teal, c100 Redwings, c15 Fieldfares, c14 Meadow Pipits, 8 Stock Doves

Plus Brown Hare

(Robin Griffiths)

Wharf Road

17 Little Egrets and several hundred gulls in the wet fields along Wharf Road

(Malcolm Royal)

20 Feb 17

Highworth

Neil George
My first butterfly of 2017 just flew past the lounge window. Red Admiral I think believe.

Steve Nash
In the moth trap:
1 Epiphyas postvittana, Light Brown Apple Moth
1 Nycteola revayana, Oak Nycteoline
1 Phigalia pilosaria, Pale Brindled Beauty


Oak Nycteoline (Steve Nash)

Nythe

No moths in the trap this morning, just a very small beetle, possibly one of the pollen beetles Olibrus aeneus, Shining Flower Beetle.

In Nythe Wood this afternoon, a Red Kite over and a Fox walking down the footpath.

(Martin Adlam)

Possible a Shining Flower Beetle. (Martin Adlam)

Pentylands

Lot of Chiffchaffs about.

(Neil George)

19 Feb 17

Blakehill Farm NR

2 Skylarks

(Felicity Cobb)

Coate Water

Today at Hide 1: 1 Water Rail, 1 Goosander, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Canada Geese, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Robins, 1 Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tits, 2 Dunnocks and 2 Chaffinches.

At Hide 2: 1 Kingfisher, 3 Water Rail, 2 Jays, 1 Pheasant, 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard, 2 Wigeon, Teal, Gadwalls, Shovelers, Tufted Ducks, Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, 8 Cormorants, Common Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, 5 Grey Herons, 2 Dunnocks, 2 Chaffinches, Blue Tit, Great Tits and Long-tailed Tits.

(Graham Cox, Tony Martin and Harry King)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

A drake Teal (Graham Cox)

Jay (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

Long-tailed Tit (Graham Cox)

Cricklade

Felicity Cobb
1 Kestrel in a tree

Robin Griffiths
Still no macros, but a single Acleris notana/ferrugana - first for the garden.

Acleris notana/ferrugana (Robin Griffiths)

Note: Rusty Birch Button (Acleris notana) is very similar to Rusty Oak Button (Acleris ferrugana) and only reliably separated by dissection of the genitalia.

Eldene

2 Red Kites over today.

(Ian Johnson)

Haydon End

Another 'Daddy n Daughter' Garden Birdwatch this afternoon, a bit later than normal, which meant a change in numbers:

c300 Herring Gull (Hannah was particularly excited when so many birds flew over!), 2 Magpie, 26 Starling, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Carrion Crow, 13 House Sparrow, 7 Wood Pigeon, 2 Great Tit, Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, 2 Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Robin and Blue Tit.

(Nigel and Hannah Sluman)

Liden Lagoon

A pair of Great Crested Grebes nest building on the edge of the South Island. Also 5 Pochard and many Tufted Ducks.

(Don  Hopkins)

Nythe

Tawny Owl calling as it flew over the house in the early hours of this morning.

(Martin Adlam)

Park North

5 Red Kites over Park North this afternoon at 2:00pm.

(Brian Waller)

Queen's Drive

2 Red Kites opposite Windsor Road

(Felicity Cobb)

Wanborough

A Red Kite near the A419

(Felicity Cobb)

Waterhay

This morning 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Cetti's WarblerChiffchaffBlackbirdSong Thrush all singing and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming. Very Springlike.

(Jon Mercer)

18 Feb 17

CWP Pit 74

2 Great White Egrets flew over Twitchers Gate and on the pit a few Goldeneye. Via CWP Blog Here.

(Jim Day)

Elgin

Before leaving home this morning there was the now regular male Blackcap on the fat feeder in the garden.

(Trevor and Sue Clayson)

Liden

Red Kite circling very low over Liden this morning.

(Don  Hopkins)

Nightingale Wood

3 Snipe, 200 Redwing, 30 Fieldfare, 6 Reed Bunting and 3 Lesser Redpoll. Via WOS Site Here

(Phil & Graham Deacon)

Nythe

Red Kite over the estate this morning.

(Martin Adlam)

Park South

Malcolm Royal
Dipper by the culvert under Dorcan Way at 10:30am.

Kevin Ferguson 
Dipper was seen at the Dorcan Way road bridge between 10:40 & 11:40 this morning.

A record shot of the Dipper. My first Dipper in over 30 years! (Kevin Ferguson)

Somerford Common

Marsh Tit and Siskin here today. Also seen 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers in two pairs chasing each other very noisily amongst the trees.

(Neil George)

Marsh Tit (Neil George)

A female Siskin (Neil George)

Swillbrook

At least 20 Siskins, probably many more, in the alders along Swillbrook (Wilts/Glos) and beside CWP Pit 58 (Glos), also a Little Egret in Wilts and another in Glos, and 7 Goosanders on CWP Pit 41 (Glos).

(Robin Griffiths)

17 Feb 17

CWP Pit 29

3 Smew still on the pit today. Via BirdGuides Here

Eldene

A pair of Long-tailed Tits in my garden today collecting nesting material (spiders' webs). Also a Blue Tit investigating a nest box.

(Ian Johnson)

Highworth

A much better night with 1 Acleris notana/ferrugana, 1 Beautiful Plume moth (Amblyptilia acanthadactyla), 1 Early Moth (Theria primaria) and 2 Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria) present in the moth trap.

(Steve Nash)

Pale Brindled Beauty (Steve Nash)

Liden

While doing a bit of tidying up in the garden on found my first shieldbug of the year - a Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)

(Steve Covey)

Hawthorn Shieldbug (Steve Covey)

Nythe

He's getting earlier. The resident male Blackbird was singing at 5:30am this morning and the Blue Tits are now visiting the back garden. All that remains now is for them to take an interest in the new Nest Box fitted with a video camera.

This afternoon as the sun came out briefly, possibly a mining bee sp. landed on the fatballs and 2 flies sp. landed on the window frame. Flitting about in the garden a Wren.

(Martin Adlam)

Just need this little fellow to take an interest.....

......in the new nest box. (Martin Adlam)

Sometimes you just have to stretch to look over the fence......

......this Wren just about popped up everywhere in the back garden this afternoon.

A bit of a surprise I think this is a mining bee on the fatballs. Unfortunately I only managed a couple of shots and it was gone.

A fly sp. lands on the window frame as the sun comes out. (Martin Adlam)

Pinehurst

In the garden this afternoon 6 Frogs decided to surface, with one pair making the most of the mild weather.

(Maurice Carne)

Frogs (Maurice Carne)

Swindon

2 Blackcaps. Via WOS site Here

(Paul Castle)