3rd May 2017

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

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)