30th April 2017

Brinkworth 

Grasshopper Warbler. Via WOS Site Here

(John Edwards)

Coate Water

Malcolm Royal
A Turnstone in full Summer plumage at the dam end by the diving platform ignoring the Bank Holiday crowds.

Graham Cox
This  afternoon at 15:08 the Turnstone was still on the dam wall.

Turnstone (Graham Cox)

Turnstone (Graham Cox)

Turnstone (Graham Cox)

Turnstone (Graham Cox)

CWP Pit 68

Adult summer Black Tern,  9 Common TernOystercatcher and 2 Cuckoo

(Nigel Pleass)

CWP Pit 26

2 Summer plumaged Black Terns on the buoys. Via CWP Blog Here

(Stephen Edwards)

CWP Pit 74

Immature Little Gull. Also 3 Hobby, Redshank, 50 Swift, 200 Sand Martin

(Nigel Pleass)

CWP Pit 76

2 Yellow Wagtails. Via CWP Blog Here

(Stephen Edwards)

CWP Pit 87

1 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Egret. Via WOS Site Here

(Roger Gillespie)

Hackpen Hill

4 Wheatear

(Matt Prior)

Highworth

12 moths of 9 species in Highworth last night, including Chinese Character (Cilix glaucata), Pebble Prominent (Notodonta ziczac) and a Nep sp.

(Steve Nash)

Chinese Character (Steve Nash)

Lawns

Red Kite over the garden this morning. Flying low and scaring the resident birds.

(Felicity Cobb)

Liden

A better night last night with 11 moths of 7 species including two FFY; A pristine Green Carpet and a slightly worn Yellow-barred Brindle. Trap staying firmly wrapped up tonight - wind driven rain not being the best forecast for success!!

(Steve Covey)

Green Carpet (Steve Covey)

Yellow-barred Brindle (Steve Covey)

Marlborough Downs

30 Tree Sparrow, 3 Red Kite

(Robin Griffiths)

Nythe

Peregrine Falcon

(Nigel Pleass)

29th April 2017

Today's Facebook posts can be found here

Also please note that the new email address for Swindon Birds and Wildlife is swindon.birds.sightings@gmail.com

Avebury

No camera today, so all the birds came out! Walked a circle towards the Ridgeway, right at the farm and then back along the avenue.

Apart from the expected corvids and finches - I had Corn Bunting, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Yellowhammer, Skylark and best bird a Yellow Wagtail.

Many of them showing really well on the tops of the Rape Seed plants  - would have been excellent pics !

(Jim Day)

Blakehill Farm NR

10 Wheatear, Whinchat and a Lesser Whitethroat singing.

(Nigel Pleass)

Coate Water

A young deer rushed through the trees from the Chiseldon direction and attempted to jump the fence between Coate Water and the area backing onto Dayhouse Lane. Also a Green Woodpecker yaffling near the train area.

(Felicity Cobb)


Just 2 Flame Shoulders in the moth trap, but also a Dark/Light Arches caterpillar

(Robin Griffiths)

CWP Pit 74

Viewed from Twitchers Gate Here, 8 Shelduck, a drake Garganey, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher and Nightingale.

(Nigel Pleass)


Female Wheatear on Thames Path

(Nigel Pleass)


4 moths of 4 species last night! Not quite what you'd expect for the end of April. But at least two of them were new for the year. Mompha subbistrigella (Garden Cosmet) and The Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita).

(Steve Covey)

Oakhurst

In our garden, after a long absence was this a female Bullfinch.

(Bob Shiret)

A female Bullfinch (Bob Shiret)

Russley Downs

11 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 6 Red Kite and 9 Hare.

(Nigel Pleass)

Toothill

Today seemed quite active for my Spring RSPB-style Garden Birdwatch count with the following seen:
6 Jackdaws (a high number with two being very aggressive with each other)
5 House Sparrows (3 male 2 female)
5 Wood Pigeons
5 Starlings (One was doing a very good impression of a Jay which got me looking around before I realised it was the mimic!)
2 each of Magpie, Rook, Collared Dove, Goldfinch, Blackbird
1 each of Carrion Crow (a year garden tick), Robin and Blue Tit.

(Richard Williams)

West Wichel

Behind the John Lewis car park today was a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker. In the fields beyond was a Green Woodpecker and also Jackdaws feeding on the back of the cows.

(Bob Shiret)

Jackdaws feeding on insects (Bob Shiret)

28th April 2017

Also please note that the new email address for Swindon Birds and Wildlife is swindon.birds.sightings@gmail.com

Aldbourne

2 Red Kites seen in the village this afternoon.

(Felicity Cobb)


6 moths this morning - Yellow-barred Brindle, Acasis viretata was first for year. Also here today Raven and 4 House Martins

(Robin Griffiths)

Yellow-barred Brindle (Robin Griffiths)

CWP Pit 74

From Twitchers Gate c6 Swifts, Nightingale

(Robin Griffiths)

CWP Pit 82

Whinchat

(Robin Griffiths)

Lower Moor Farm

Rat at Lower Moor Farm making sure there was no wastage beneath the feeders. More on our facebook Page Here

(David Butcher)

Brown Rat (David Butcher)

Nightingale Wood

Cuckoo, 2 Lesser Whitethroat. Via WOS site Here

(Graham Deacon)



2 Red Kites over the estate this evening

(Martin Adlam)


On the way to Coate today, I saw a Fox on the Snodshill roundabout, so it was out with the camera and a few shots from the car window.

(Tony Martin)

Fox (Tony Martin)

Fox (Tony Martin)

Fox (Tony Martin)


Not a lot about but I did get a Holly Blue on the way back to the car park.

(Tony Martin)

Holly Blue (Tony Martin)

Ravensroost

Cuckoo, 2 Marsh Tits, Lesser Whitethroat

(Robin Griffiths)

27th April 2017

CWP Pit 74

Graham Lawlor
A female Marsh Harrier, Cetti's Warbler, Common Sandpiper. Via CWP Blog Here

Matt Pringle
An hour at Twitchers Gate this afternoon got me 4 year ticks with Little Ringed PloverCommon Sandpiper, 3 Swift, 300+ Sand Martin, 30+ Swallow, 4 House Martin and Nightingale.

Also Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat & Sedge Warbler.

Ogbourne St Andrew

Cuckoo calling this morning, the first I've heard here in 5 years.

(Les Jackson)

Pentylands

At Pentylands today, Bullfinches (2 pairs), Linnets, lots of Goldfinches and Chiffchaffs, Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel being chased off by a corvid, a Swallow cruising low over the rapeseed flowers (there's a picture I'd like to get!). 

Also, in a field with some horses about 30 Starlings that had found something good to eat. Word must have been getting around somehow because as we walked away, more and more were flying in to join the ones on the ground. Plus a single Peacock butterfly braving the cold weather.

(Neil George)

26th April 2017

Blakehill Farm NR

4 Whinchats, 5 Wheatears, 2 Curlews

(Robin Griffiths)

Coate Water

Was leaving Coate in the rain when this Common Sandpiper landed between the little railway and the cafe late afternoon.

(Alan McCluskie)
Common Sandpiper (Alan McCluskie)

Common Sandpiper (Alan McCluskie)

CWP Pit 74

100+ Sand Martins with a few Swallows and a single Swift over the lake. Redshank calls from the scrape area. Via CWP Blog Here

(John Grearson)

Note There is a bees nest at Twitchers Gate which birdwatchers should be aware off. More Here

Lower Moor Farm

Downy Emeralds here again today.

(David Butcher)

Downy Emerald (David Butcher)

Downy Emerald (David Butcher)

Lydiard Park

Hobby here today.

(Nigel Pleass)

Ravensroost

Cuckoo, 3 Garden Warblers

(Robin Griffiths)

25th April 2017

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Coate Water

Mandarin and Teal from Coate today.

(Alan McCluskie)


Teal (Alan McCluskie)

Mandarin (Alan McCluskie)


Red Kite

(Nigel Pleass)


Common SandpiperKingfisherGrasshopper Warbler, 15 Reed Warbler, 9 Sedge Warbler, 30 Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 33 Blackcap, 22 Chiffchaff and 11 Willow Warbler.

(Nigel Pleass)

24th April 2017

CWP Pit 68a/b

10 Swift, 1 Common Tern and 2 Little Egret. Via CWP Blog Here

(Ken Cypher)

CWP Pit 68c

Cuckoo

(Ken Cypher)

CWP Pit 74

This morning a drake Garganey, Whimbrel, Yellow Wagtail over, pair of Wigeon, at least 5 Swifts feeding with 100+ hirundines. Via CWP Blog Here

(Jon Mercer, Kim Milsom)

Note: There is a possibility that the Garganey seen at the CWP Pit 74 was seen at Coate Water yesterday afternoon. More Here

Cricklade

Eight moths, 5 species this morning including one of my favourites the Chocolate Tip, also ffy Garden Carpets.

(Robin Griffiths)

Chocolate-tip (Robin Griffiths)

Garden Carpet (Robin Griffiths)

Hook

Along the M4 near Hook, there was a Peregrine being mobbed by a couple of Crows.

(Nigel Sluman)

Liden

14 moths of 4 species. Nothing new but 4 Brimstones was nice.

(Steve Covey)

Mouldon Hill Country Park

Had a great one hour at Mouldon Hill after work today with a my first Common and Lesser Whitethroats of the year, a reeling Grasshopper Warbler (possibly a second), Peregrine, Buzzard & all the usual suspects singing.

(Nigel Sluman)

Somerford Common

CuckooGarden WarblerMarsh Tit.

(Robin Griffiths)

23rd April 2017

Coate Water

Jim Day
A few pics from dusky Coate Water this evening - Great Spotted Woodpecker at Hide 1, otherwise all quiet, with just the usual suspects.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Jim Day)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Jim Day)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Jim Day)

Black-headed Gulls on the raft (Jim Day)

Canada Goose (Jim Day)

Via Brian Harris
My son, James, mentioned that, while sailing at Coate Water this morning, he saw a duck he didn’t recognise in the middle of the main lake.

From his description of the bird (the white on its head in particular), we think it might have been a drake Garganey.

CWP Pit 68c/d

1 Cuckoo calling. Via CWP Blog Here

(Ken Cypher)

CWP Pit 305

2 Goosander, 2 Shelduck, 2 Red-crested Pochard and 1 Green Woodpecker. Via the CWP Blog Here

(Ken Cypher)

Cricklade

Sedge Warbler singing from my privet bush at 6:00am this morning -  a first for the garden

(Robin Griffiths)

CWP Pit 200 (Kent End Farm Quarry)

The highlights of our walk today in the Cotswold Water Park were 3 Little Ringed Plovers & 50+ Sand Martins on Kent End. All our sightings can be found on the CWP Blog Here.

(Sue and Trevor Clayson)

Little Ringed Plover (Sue Clayson)

Lawns

A lot of yaffling and drumming heard from the garden today. Always a thrill to hear Green Woodpeckers!

(Felicity Cobb)

Melksham

Common Crane. Via WOS site Here

(William Loaring)

Mouldon Hill and canal

This evening I heard and then saw a Cuckoo.  As in previous years it was among the taller trees near the river at the Western end.  The Warblers were a bit of hit and miss.  I neither heard or saw any Grasshopper Warblers but did manage my first Common Whitethroats and Lesser Whitethroat of the year plus 2 Blackcaps and plenty of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers.  Although I heard a Sedge Warbler it was too far to count on my year list.  There are good numbers of Reed Warblers there but they were particularly frustratingly covert this evening until I got to the lake and one showed well in the reeds by the main entrance.

Other birds of interest were a Jay and 2 Song Thrushes.

On the lake Mute Swans are nesting on the island and there is a brood of 11 Mallard ducklings.

(Richard Williams)

Nightingale Wood

Cuckoo, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 30 Blackcap, 30 Willow Warbler and 30 Chiffchaff. Via WOS Site Here

(Graham Deacon)

Nythe

Just 3 moths in the trap this morning. Not surprising really as temperature dropped to 1°C last night. Moths were a Common Quaker, Early Grey and my first this year a Brimstone moth.

(Martin Adlam)

Brimstone Moth (Martin Adlam)

Toothill

This morning a Speckled Wood

(Richard Williams)

22nd April 2017

CWP Pit 74

Bittern flew into scrape area this morning. Via CWP Blog Here

(Ken Cypher)

Cricklade

Odd night with 10 moths of 8 species, 4 of them new for year - and only 3 actually inside the trap! First for year were:

2 Waved Umber, Menophra abruptaria
1 Flame Shoulder, Ochropleura plecta
1 The Cinnabar, Tyria jacobaeae
1 Brimstone, Opisthograptis luteolata
Never had Cinnabar in April before.

(Robin Griffiths)

The Cinnabar (Robin Griffiths)

Flame Shoulder (Robin Griffiths)

Wave Umber (Robin Griffiths)

Greenmeadow/Sevenfields

In the moth trap I had:

Chocolate Tip, Clostera curtula
BrimstoneOpisthograptis luteolata
Hebrew CharacterOrthosia gothica
Nut-tree Tussock, Colocasia coryli
Common PlumeEmmelina monodactyla
Muslin mothDiaphora mendica
Puss MothCerura vinula
Knot GrassAcronicta rumicis
White-shouldered House-mothEndrosis sarcitrella 

And I believe 3 Yellow-barred Brindle (Acasis viretata) and 1 The StreamerAnticlea derivata

(Leanne Reddock)

White-shouldered House-moth (Leanne Reddock)

Puss moth (Leanne Reddock)

Lower Moor Farm

I headed back to Lower Moor Farm today to see if I could find a Hairy, but sadly no luck. I did see 3 more Downy Emeralds, numerous Common Blue Damselflies and a Broad-bodied Chaser. The Chaser was a real surprise More photos on our Facebook Group Here.

(Steve Birt)

Downy Emerald (Steve Birt)

Broad-bodied Chaser (Steve Birt)

Common Blue Damselfly (Steve Birt)

Mouldon Hill Country Park

5 year ticks & 9 patch ticks for me at today:

4 Swallow
2 House Martin 
2 Grasshopper Warbler
3 Lesser Whitethroat
3 Whitethroat 
2 Sedge Warbler 
8 Reed Warbler
Lost count of Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff.
2 Reed Bunting

57 Species seen at Mouldon Hill this year so far for me.

(Matt Pringle)

Nythe Pool

Butterflies seen were 8 Speckled Woods, 7 Orange-tips, 5 Holly Blues, 1 Red Admiral and my first Green-veined White and Large White this Spring.

Lots of other insects about with new ones for me being: Dead Head Fly (Myathropa florea), 22-spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata), Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa coccinea), Common Nettle Capsid (Liocoris tripustulatus) and a Hemerobius sp.

(Martin Adlam)

Cardinal Beetle, Pyrochroa coccinea

Common Nettle Capsid, Liocoris tripustulatus

Hemerobius sp.

Dead Head Fly, Myathropa florea


Retrospective report of a Pied Flycatcher in Ravensroost on 11 Apr from Maurice & Lynne Watkins - exactly the same date as I saw one there in 2011

(Robin Griffiths)

South Leaze

Common Sandpiper and pair of Gadwall still at the lake by the motorway.

(Brian Harris)

21st April 2017

Coate Water

Tony Martin
A trip to Coate Water today got me 5 Common Sandpipers in front of Hide 2, also 4 Greylag Geese, Swallows, Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler and a Buzzard. Back down at Hide 1, 3 of the Sandpipers flew down to the Tern raft, on the feeders in front of the hide two male Great Spotted Woodpeckers came in, one was trying to hide and later a female turned up, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest at the back of the hide.


 Common Sandpiper (Tony Martin)

 Common Sandpiper (Tony Martin)

 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Tony Martin)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Tony Martin)

Ian Stewart
There were at least 8 Common Sandpiper at Coate today.

Three of the 8 Common Sandpipers seen at Coate Water today (Ian Stewart)

Erlestoke Golf Course
Wood Warbler Via WOS Site Here

(Rob Turner, Paul Fox)

Highworth
A disappointing 16 moths of 11 species in two traps. NFY were:

Garden Carpet, Xanthorhoe fluctuata
Waved Umber, Menophra abruptaria
Flame Shoulder, Ochropleura plecta

(Steve Nash)

Lower Moor Farm

Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) at Lower Moor farm this afternoon. Only the one seen, but excellent to know they are on their way. More photos on our Facebook Group Here.

(Steve Birt)

Downy Emerald (Steve Birt)

Downy Emerald (Steve Birt)

Mouldon Hill
Great Crested Grebe at Mouldon Hill.

(Alan McCluskie)

Great Crested Grebe (Alan McCluskie)

Pentylands
It's been a while since I saw a Yellowhammer at Pentylands. Plus I heard my first Cuckoo of the year in the distance.

Then later on: Just back from a run at Pentylands. No camera when I am running. But perfect views of a Water Vole. I watched him eat for a couple of minutes. Then he smelled something (me!) and started to sniff and look round. Then he decided I wasn't a good smell and swam off down the stream.

(Neil George)
Yellowhammer (Neil George)