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How it works: (A mix of both options is possible)

Option 1: Sightings can be emailed to me at swindon.birds.sightings@gmail.com this is the same as before (this new software is much more user friendly and takes less time to get a post together)

Option 2: I can add members to the blog as authors, where you can then add your own posts (doing this is as easy as sending an email to me (which I then copy and paste) I am happy to show you how to do this. We have created a help sheet and I can send it to people who are interested.

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Thanks Carl

4th May 17

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Back to the garden and just 4 moths, a Parornix sp. being first for the year.

(Robin Griffiths)

Parornix sp. (Robin Griffiths)

Cotswold Water Park

A trip to the Water Park today got me my first Nightingale for the year, also seen and heard Cuckoo,Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff,Common Whitethroat, BlackcapSwift, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallows,and ten Common Terns,Three Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk. a few Brimstone and Orange-tips about and one Holly Blue.

 (Tony Martin)
(Tony Martin)

Report courtesy of Tony Martin.

Rushy Platt

Four Swift flew over Rushy Platt reserve towards Old Town area, Swindon 6pm 4/5/17

(Alan McCluskie)

3rd May 2017

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Coate Water

Heron (juv)

Heron (Tony Martin)

CWP Pit 74

Viewed from Twitchers Gate a single Whimbrel rose from the scrape calling and flew off west. Also 20+ Swift and 11 Common Tern. More on CWP Blog Here

(John Grearson)


13 moths of 9 species. New this year for me were:

Swallow Prominent, Pheosia tremula
Ruby Tiger, Phragmatobia fuliginosa
Red-green Carpet, Chloroclysta siterata
Least Black Arches, Nola confusalis
Early Grey, Xylocampa areola

(Leanne Reddock)

Early Grey (Leanne Reddock)

Least Black Arches  (Leanne Reddock)

Ruby Tiger (Leanne Reddock)

Red-green Carpet (Leanne Reddock)

Swallow Prominent (Leanne Reddock)

Hayden End

Only 11 moths in the trap this morning but 5 NFY were:

Common Marbled Carpet, Dysstroma truncata
Shuttle-shaped Dart, Agrotis puta
Cabbage Moth, Mamestra brassicae
Nut-tree Tussock, Colocasia coryli
Brown House Moth, Hofmannophila pseudospretella

Also my second new moth of the year and my 500th Wiltshire moth! A Plain Gold, Micropteryx calthella
(Nigel Sluman)

Common Marbled Carpet (Nigel Sluman)

Shuttle-shaped Dart (Nigel Sluman)

Cabbage Moth (Nigel Sluman)

Nut-tree Tussock (Nigel Sluman)

Micropteryx calthella (Nigel Sluman)

Micropteryx calthella (Nigel Sluman)


A Red Kite over Kingsdown school this morning.

(Felicity Cobb)

Swindon Centre

Peregrine over Swindon centre

(Robin Griffiths)

2nd May 17


Mint moth, Pyrausta aurata ffy this morning - also re-trap of the Lime Hawkmoth!

(Robin Griffiths)

Mint Moth (Robin Griffiths)

Lydiard Park

This evening there were 4 Red-crested Pochard (3 drakes), 5 Tufted Duck and 3 Mallard broods of 12, 7 and 3.

(Nigel Pleass)

Morgan's Hill

Fine and warm this morning so a butterfly hunt at Morgan's Hill looking for Green Hairstreak, Duke of Burgundy, Skippers and anything else that crossed my path. Two out of three target species seen. Managed photos of a Green Hairstreak but missed two different Dukes which were very flighty. Still no Skippers.

Also, several day flying moths, all but one I managed to photo. Missed a Mother Shipton (Euclidia mi) but had Nettle-tap moth (Anthophila fabriciana).

Another first for the year was a lizard basking in the sun atop an anthill. Plenty of other insect life about now as well. Click Here for photos.

(Chris Norwood)


20 moth species in the trap tonight including:
Scalloped Hook-tip, Falcaria lacertinaria
Great Prominent, Peridea anceps
Iron Prominent, Notodonta dromedarius
Coxcomb Prominent, Ptilodon capucina
Pale Prominent, Pterostoma palpina
Small Phoenix, Ecliptopera silaceata
Orange Footman, Eilema sororcula
Little Emerald, Jodis lactearia
White-spotted Pug, Eupithecia tripunctaria
Cream Wave, Scopula floslactata
Square Spot, Paradarisa consonaria
The V-Pug, Chloroclystis v-ata
Ruby Tiger, Phragmatobia fuliginosa
Pale Tussock, Calliteara pudibunda
Plus a couple of worn Brindled Pug, Eupithecia abbreviata
Commonest moth - numerous Small White Wave, Asthena albulata

The only micro was a Bee Moth, Aphomia sociella

(Robin Griffiths)

Little Emerald (Robin Griffiths)

Small Phoenix (Robin Griffiths)

Coxcomb Prominent (Robin Griffiths)

Cream Wave (Robin Griffiths)

Orange Footman (Robin Griffiths)

Scalloped Hook-tip (Robin Griffiths)

Small Phoenix (Robin Griffiths)

Small White Wave (Robin Griffiths)

Square Spot (Robin Griffiths)

White-spotted Pug (Robin Griffiths)

A worn Brindled Pug (Robin Griffiths)

A worn Brindled Pug (Robin Griffiths)

Sandpool Nature Reserve

An afternoon visit to Sandpool  while the sun shone yielded my first ever female Hairy Dragonfly in the county! She was perched up over 3 metres high so not easy to get a decent shot! Fairly freshly emerged too looking at the state of her wings!

Also seen there were 3 male and a female Downy Emeralds, thousands of Common Blue Damselflies in a mass emergence and a few Large Reds.

Hairy Dragonfly, Brachytron pratense (Steve Covey)

Downy Emerald, Cordulia aenea (Steve Covey)

Downy Emerald, Cordulia aenea (Steve Covey)

Common Blue Damselfly, Enallagma cyathigerum (Steve Covey)

Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Steve Covey)

At Lower Moor was a solitary immature Azure Damselfly, my first of the year.

Azure Damselfly, Coenagrion puella (Steve Covey)

(Steve Covey)


More on Sandpool Nature Reserve Here

Info on Damselflies and Dragonflies Here

1st May 2017

Blakehill Farm NR

2 Wheatears, Garden Warbler, 4 Ravens (probably a family), Reed Bunting, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Common Whitethroats and 2 Hares chasing each other

(Robin Griffiths)

Coate Water

Maurice Carne
Turnstone showing well at Coate Water this morning.

Turnstone (Maurice Carne)

Turnstone (Maurice Carne)

Turnstone (Maurice Carne)

Steve Covey
The Turnstone was still present at Coate Water ranging along the dam wall shore until dusk. Seemed quite settled and very unfazed by people. The same couldn't be said about the local swans and geese which kept harassing it - but did give me the chance for a quick in-flight shot!

The Turnstone eyeballing Coate (Steve Covey)

Turnstone (Steve Covey)

Turnstone (Steve Covey)

Turnstone (Steve Covey)

The Turnstone in flight (Steve Covey)

CWP Pit 74

Andrew Whittaker
2 Black Terns viewed from Twitchers Gate here, later flew off. Via CWP Blog Here

Robin Griffiths
Sandwich Tern flew west over the pit, didn't linger just went straight on, c10:30am also at least 4 Common Terns, Nightingale etc.

CWP Pit 87

Greenshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover & 5 Common Sandpiper. Via CWP Blog Here

(Nigel Pleass)


The only moth last night was a lovely Lime Hawk-moth, Mimas tiliae - only my second for the garden!

(Robin Griffiths)

Lime Hawk-moth (Robin Griffiths)

Hackpen Hill

Watched a Swift flying from Hackpen Hill towards Barbury about midday and a Common Whitethroat in the Rape seed field.

(Alan McCluskie)

Common Whitethroat (Alan McCluskie)


11 species in the moth trap. NFY were:

Buff Ermine, Spilosoma lutea
Pale Tussock, Calliteara pudibunda
Marbled Minor agg., Oligia sp

(Steve Nash)

Buff Ermine (Steve Nash)

Mouldon Hill Country Park

Highlights of an excellent early morning walk were 2 possibly 3 Cuckoos, 2 Swifts, at least 3 Lesser Whitethroats and a Common Sandpiper. More on the Swindonbirder Blog Here.

(Richard Williams, Nigel Sluman, Matt Pringle and Martin Adlam)

Sedge Warbler (Martin Adlam)

Little Egret (Martin Adlam)


A very vocal Tawny Owl flew over the house at 2:33am this morning.

(Martin Adlam)

Savernake Forest

Redstart, Garden Warbler, Cuckoo. Via WOS Site Here

(Tony Reader)