31 Mar 17

Highworth

In the 2 moth traps I recorded 93 moths of 21 species. Migrants included Plutella xylostella (Diamond-backed moth) and Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer); plus early Anania hortulata (Small Magpie) and Oak-tree Pug (Eupithecia dodoneata)

Also The V-Pug (Chloroclystis v-ata), Yellow-barred Brindle (Acasis viretata), Powdered Quaker (Orthosia gracilis) and 7 Caloptilia semifascia (Maple Slender) with a couple of forms below.

(Steve Nash)


Powdered Quaker (Steve Nash)

Caloptilia semifascia (Steve Nash)

Caloptilia semifascia (Steve Nash)

Lawn

Another Red Kite being harassed by corvid. Over 419 this morning!

(Felicity Cobb)

Liden

16 moths of 9 species last night. The 'only' FFY was a male Nut-tree Tussock, Colocasia coryli which, according to the books, shouldn't appear until the end of April.

While 'posing' it he decided to rest with his wings open giving a great opportunity to capture part of his hindwings.

(Steve Covey)

Nut-tree Tussock (Steve Covey)

Nythe

Phil Deacon
In the moth trap I had 2 Hebrew Character, 3 Early Grey, 1 Clouded Drab, 1 Double-striped Pug, 2 Common Plume and a Twenty-plume Moth (Alucita hexadactyla).

Martin Adlam
The resident Wren has decided to build one of his nest in the Pyracantha this year. Last year it was the Yucca which his mate turned down. Hopefully better luck this year. And a first for the garden a Goldfinch landed on the cherry tree and then up onto the fence. A few minutes later there were two and then they were off. Its all happening!

In the moth trap this morning 15 moths including the first for Spring a HeraldScoliopteryx libatrix.

Also:
4 Early Greys, Xylocampa areola
3 Clouded Drabs, Orthosia incerta
2 Light Brown Apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana
1 Common Quaker, Orthosia cerasi
2 Double-striped Pugs, Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
1 Maple Slender, Caloptilia semifascia
1 Leek Moth, Acrolepiopsis assectella

This male Wren is building at least two nests in the back garden, one in the Pyracantha and the other in the Leylandii. More on Wrens and their nesting habits Here

The male Wren collecting moss......

........for one of his nests. This one is in the Pyracantha......

....and well hidden....

....in amongst those prickly thorns.

And my first ever Goldfinch in the garden. Shame about the branch across its beak! (Martin Adlam)

Herald (Martin Adlam)

Leek Moth, Acrolepiopsis assectella (Martin Adlam)

30 Mar 17

Blakehill Farm NR

John Mercer
Male Wheatear.

Robin Griffiths
Little Owl, 4 Linnets, 2 Meadow Pipits.

Cricklade

Probable Caloptilia semifascia (Maple Slender) this morning

(Robin Griffiths)

Caloptilia semifascia (Robin Griffiths)

Caloptilia semifascia (Robin Griffiths)
Eldene

Red Kite over the car park at Morrison's late afternoon.

(Janet Sly)

Ermin Street

This afternoon I saw an Orange Tip (male), a Holly Blue and also a Chiffchaff in my garden.

(Janet Sly)

Hackpen Hill

Ring Ouzel, 4 Lapwing and 2 Raven. Via WOS Site Here

(Simon Gathercole)

Kent End

3 Little Ringed Plovers, Green Sandpiper, 23 Wigeon. Via the CWP Blog Here

(Terry Dabner, Roger Gillespie)

Lawn

Red Kite over the house this morning and again this afternoon this time being hurried away by a small corvid. Nesting time, I suppose?

(Felicity Cobb)

Liden

I ended up with 22 moths of 10 species with a good number of Caloptilia semifascia (FFY) [10!] although a few of them don't look quite right as the background colour isn't a dark chocolate brown but mottled. Probably just a variation though. Biggest numbers I've had of them in one night though - maybe just emerging. Also FFY was a pristine V-Pug, a less pristine looking Chestnut and a black and white Phyllonorycter species I've yet to ID.

(Steve Covey)

Nythe

With the outdoor thermometer reaching 21°C already at 11:33am, it wasn't a surprise to see so many butterflies around Nythe Pool and Wood, with 5 Brimstones, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and a Comma.

Other highlights were a pair of Jays, with presumably the male making a most unusual sound. In 50 years of birdwatching I can honestly say I've not heard anything like it before. The Great Spotted Woodpecker was at its new nest hole and a Green Woodpecker was heard close by.

Birds Recorded: 3 Mallard, 1 Red Kite, 4 Moorhen (2 pairs), Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff singing, Great Tit, Blue Tit, 1 Treecreeper singing, Wren, 2 Jay, 5 Magpie, Carrion Crow, 2 Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch and 2 Bullfinch.

Butterflies: 5 Brimstones, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and a Comma butterfly.

Other invertebrate: Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis), Dotted Bee-fly (Bombylius discolor), Drone fly, Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and a Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale).

 (Martin Adlam)

Jay (Martin Adlam)

A Jay calling (Martin Adlam)

And here he is. A quick burst before he flew off (Martin Adlam)

Great Spotted Woodpecker at the new nest. (Martin Adlam)

Dotted Bee-fly (Martin Adlam)

Dotted Bee-fly (Martin Adlam)

Hawthorn Shield-bug (Martin Adlam)

Nursery Web Spider (Martin Adlam)

Brimstone (Martin Adlam)

29 Mar 17

Coate Water

At a quite Coate Water Today 1 Water Rail at hide 2, a pair of Reed Buntings, 1 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Robins, 1 Blackcap, 4 Dunnocks, 3 Chaffinches, 2 Coal Tits, Blue and Great Tits, the usual ducks, Teal, Shovelers, Gadwall, Mallard and Tufted Ducks, Canada Geese, Mute Swans, Coots and Moorhens, 7 Grey Herons, 4 Cormorants and 4 Great Crested Grebes.

(Graham Cox and Tony Martin)


Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Jay (Graham Cox)

A male Reed Bunting (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

Highworth

Utterly thrilled to catch my first Small Eggar (Eriogaster lanestris) in 36 years of moth trapping. I've seen the larvae but never the adult. 125w MV light.

(Steve Nash)

Small Eggar (Steve Nash)

Small Eggar (Steve Nash)

Nythe

In and around Nythe Pool this morning were 2 Mallard, 3 Moorhens, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, both Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing, and several very vocal Great Tits.

In the back garden, walking along the back fence, was an old dog Fox.

(Martin Adlam)

Ravensroost

2 Swallows flying North and a Marsh Tit singing

(Robin Griffiths)

Swindon Lagoons

2 Swallows

(Mike Newton)

28 Mar 17

Blakehill Farm NR

A pair of Wheatears, c12 Meadow Pipits, Linnet, 2 Buzzards and a Kestrel hunting in middle of plateau.

(Robin Griffiths)

Coate Water

c15 singing Chiffchaffs at Coate today with a singing Willow Warbler and 3 Blackcaps. Also a pair of Ruddy Shelduck on the reserve.

(Ian Stewart)

Cricklade

2 Early Thorns and 4 Common Quakers this morning.

(Robin Griffiths)

Early Thorn (Robin Griffiths)

Haydon End

Another quiet night in the moth trap last night with just 4 Common Quaker, Hebrew Character & Clouded Drab.

(Nigel Sluman)

Marlborough

In my place of work this afternoon a wasp, possibly a Common Wasp, Vespula vulgaris

(Kevin Ferguson)

Possibly a Common Wasp (Kevin Ferguson)

Note: More on UK wasps Here

Nightingale Wood

Woodcock, Willow Warbler, 56 Chiffchaff, 5 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, 4 Reed Bunting, Snipe, Red Kite, 4 Teal. Via WOS Site Here

(Graham Deacon)

Nythe Pool

Around the pool a Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Comma butterflies. Also a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a distant Red Kite.

(Martin Adlam)

Somerford Common

Loads of Chiffchaffs!, Redpoll, Siskin, also 3 Commas and a Peacock.

(Robin Griffiths)

West Swindon

Driving back from Asda, West Swindon towards Blagrove at about midday.   Little Egret in the woodland over the small stream next to Freshbrook.   Houses only a few yards away.  I had to go back and have another look as I didn't believe it the first time.

(Bob Philpott)

27 Mar 17

Coate Water

Finally the clocks have changed and I can get out on sunny evenings! Nothing unusual to report and there were the usual suspects at both hides (just waiting for an overflying Osprey or 2!). More images on our Facebook Group Here

(Jim Day)

Mute Swan (Jim Day)

Canada Geese (Jim Day)

Robin (Jim Day)

Coal Tit and Great Tit (Jim Day)

Grey Squirrel (Jim Day)

Cricklade
One new for year this morning of five moths a Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata)

(Robin Griffiths)

Kingshill Canal

I went to Kingshill canal for the Water Voles today. It took about an hour to see one then he stayed feeding for a few hours on the far bank. I eventually saw him mate, but they didn't show after that.

(Tony Martin)

Water Vole (Tony Martin)

Water Vole (Tony Martin)

Water Vole (Tony Martin)

Liden

Two Bee-flies in the garden today a Dark-edged Bee-fly (Bombylius major) and a Dotted Bee-fly (Bombylius discolor), the latter being my first one in the garden for 3 years.

I also watched a pair of Long-tailed Tits collecting moss off a tree just outside the garden - presumably to line their nest with. Heavily cropped shot as only had my 100mm macro lens on!

(Steve Covey)

Dark-edged Bee-fly. (Steve Covey)

Dotted Bee-fly. (Steve Covey)

Long-tailed Tit collecting moss. (Steve Covey)

Nythe

This morning a Chiffchaff was singing from the Whitebeam across the road from the house and the local Blackbird burst into song at 5:00am, nearly 2 hours before sunrise.

In the moth trap 8 moths of 5 species. There were:

2 Early Grey, Xylocampa areola
2 Common Quaker, Orthosia cerasi
2 Clouded Drab, Orthosia incerta
1 Hebrew Character, Orthosia gothica
A pale/worn Double-striped Pug, Gymnoscelis rufifasciata

This afternoon 4 Common Buzzards and a Red Kite over the house.

(Martin Adlam)

Early Greys (Martin Adlam)

Hebrew Character (Martin Adlam)

Clouded Drab (Martin Adlam)

Clouded Drab (Martin Adlam)

Common Quaker (Martin Adlam)

Common Quaker (Martin Adlam)

Double-striped Pug (Martin Adlam)

Common Buzzard (Martin Adlam)

Savernake

2 Mandarin. Via WOS Site Here

(Mike Trew, Don Smith)

26 Mar 17

Blakehill Farm NR

16 Snipe, at least 26 Meadow Pipits, 3 singing Reed Buntings, 3 Linnets, 3 singing Chiffchaffs and Red Kite.

Also Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock butterflies.

(Robin Griffiths)

Cleveland Lakes

3 Little Egret, 22 Greylag Geese, 45 Shoveler, 34 Teal, 37 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 160 Tufted Duck, 26 Pochard, A pair of Red Crested Pochard, 18 Goldeneye, 2 Red Kite, 3 Oystercatcher, Redshank, 4 Green Sandpiper​, 6 Snipe, Water Rail, 3 Green Woodpecker, 14 singing Cetti's Warbler, 23 singing Chiffchaff, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 28 Fieldfare and 3 Siskin.

(Nigel Pleass)

Cotswold Water Park and North Meadow

The day started with a Red Kite low over Cricklade Road near May Close, Gorse Hill as we waited for the bus to the Water Park this morning.

The highlights of a very pleasant walk in the spring sunshine were our first Sand Martins of the year and 3 Treecreepers in the lane by Twitchers Gate. Also 2 Oystercatchers at Kent End and a Kingfisher & Green Sandpiper at CWP Pit 68A/B.

Walking back to Cricklade across North Meadow the first of the Snakes Head Fritillaries are in flower. And the day ended as it had begun with a Red Kite, this one over the turning circle in Cricklade as we waited for the bus home.

All today's sightings can be seen on the CWP Blog here.

Note: More on the Cricklade Fritillaries Here.

(Trevor and Sue Clayson)

Oystercatchers (Sue Clayson)

Snake Head Fritillaries (Sue Clayson)

Nythe

Well I wasn't expecting that. I was just walking around Nythe Pool listening to a Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs singing, when a Peregrine Falcon came around the trees and then over my head by a few metres. I was in so much shock I didn't think to photograph it. What an amazing sight though!

Also about a Great Spotted WoodpeckerTreecreeper and Goldfinches. Plus 2 Brimstones, a Comma and a Drone Fly.

(Martin Adlam)

Moorhen (Martin Adlam)

Comma (Martin Adlam)

Drone Fly (Martin Adlam)

Old Town

A Peregrine Falcon flying quite low over the burial ground at Christ Church around noon today.

(Mrs and Miss Harris)

Penhill

Holly Blue was in the garden for much of the day today, but spent most of the time high up in the conifers.

(Maurice Carne)