27 Aug 16

Cricklade
Location

71 moths of 27 species last night including an unusual looking Flounced Rustic, which looks a lot narrower than I have come across before.

Also
Gold Spot, Sharp-angled Peacock and my first Common Marbled Carpet since 8th June! Not a single migrant.

And
Common Sexton Beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides

(Robin Griffiths)

Common Marbled Carpet (Robin Griffiths)

Flounced Rustic (Robin Griffiths)

Common Slender, Gracillaria syringella (Robin Griffiths)

Common Sexton Beetle (Robin Griffiths)

Haydon End
Location

Not much to boast about from last night in the garden but a new species for me Fern Smut, Psychoides filicivora.

Also my record catch of Light Brown Apple Moth with 41

(Nigel Sluman)

Fern Smut, Psychoides filicivora (Nigel Sluman)

Currant Pug (Nigel Sluman)


SBaW Systematic Moth List Here.

Other Counties Bird News
 Here

26 Aug 16

Coate Water
Location

A slow start down at Hide 2 at Coate, but after spotting a Snipe to the left of the hide, it then got better with a Kingfisher flying past for most of the day. I then said to Graham I can do with the Turtle showing up, as we hadn't seen it this year, and then to my surprise it did! So we now know its still alive. The Green Sandpiper like the Kingfisher still kept flying past without landing.

(Tony Martin and Graham Cox)

Snipe  (Tony Martin)

Snipe  (Tony Martin)

Chinese Soft-shelled Turtle  (Tony Martin)

Chinese Soft-shelled Turtle  (Tony Martin)

Chinese Soft-shelled Turtle  (Tony Martin)

Cotswold Water Park

Our initial morning look around Kent End produced a snipe on the far shore. The rest of the pit looked very quiet with a few coots milling around. A small flow of warblers in the hedgerows, which included Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler and Blackcap. Two mute swans were observed in the shallows when suddenly a Black Swan swam out from the submerged willows which was a nice surprise. Other birds seen were Reed Bunting, 25 Goldfinches & 2 Greenfinches, a Crow chasing a Raven,Green Woodpecker, a few Mallard, Moorhen, Kingfisher, 3 Little Grebe & Cetti's Warbler was heard.

We decided to have a look over at Twitchers Gate. On arriving the weather was getting very warm. All looked quiet with a few coot, Tufted Duck, Grebe and Common Tern. A couple of Green Sandpiper were found on the scrape as well as two teal and a few Gadwall. After half an hour a dark bird of prey was seen and quickly became apparent it was a Marsh Harrier. It was hunting for a while when two more harriers were seen to come in over the heronry.  For a couple of hours we were treated to 3 Marsh Harrier hunting, catching prey, having disputes with buzzards, doing aerial acrobatics, landing and spooking all birds on the scrape. What a morning!

Also 3 Hobbies, including one juvenile. More on the CWP Blog Here

(Shane & Geoff Faulkner)

Beautiful Black Swan


Marsh Harrier (Shane & Geoff Faulkner)


Two Marsh Harriers (Shane & Geoff Faulkner)


Marsh Harrier resting & Preening on scrape. (Shane & Geoff Faulkner)

Two more harriers come in. (Shane & Geoff Faulkner)

A dispute with the buzzard. (Shane & Geoff Faulkner)

Marsh Harriers (Shane & Geoff Faulkner)

Another Buzzard joins in. (Shane & Geoff Faulkner)

Checking out the scrape. (Shane & Geoff Faulkner)

A closer flyby. (Shane & Geoff Faulkner)

All 3 harriers. (Shane & Geoff Faulkner)

Highworth
Location

In the moths traps:
Diamond-back moths, Plutella xylostella (4)
Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella (5)
The Gem, Nycterosea obstipata (1)
Silver Y (8) including 1 f. gammina.

Also
A 2nd garden record of Cypress Pug, Eupithecia phoeniceata.

Plus:
Old Lady
Frosted Orange
Rosy Rustic
Small China-mark
Svensson's Copper Underwing
Sharp-angled Peacock (2)
Poplar Hawk-moths (3)
Gold Spot (2)

(Steve Nash)
The Gem (Steve Nash)

Cypress Pug (Steve Nash)

25 Aug 16

Blakehill Farm NR
Location

Little Ringed Plover flew SW over site calling as did a Yellow Wagtail. Also about 4 Redstarts and Reed Bunting.

(Robin Griffiths)

Highworth
Location

An excellent night for migrants in the garden traps with:

Diamond-back Moth, Plutella xylostella (3)
Rusty Dot Pearl, Udea ferrugalis (4)
The Vestal, Rhodometra sacraria (1)
Scarce Bordered Straw (1)
Silver Y (2):
Nephopterix angustella (1)
Maiden's Blush (3)
Angle Shades (7), with none in previous nights.
Tachystola acroxantha
Flame Carpet
A late Poplar Grey
Gold Spot (3)
Red Underwing (1)
Frosted OrangeGortyna flavago
The first Poplar Hawk-moths for a while (2)

(Steve Nash)

The Vestal (Steve Nash)

Scarce Bordered Straw (Steve Nash)

Sevenhampton
Location

A much better catch from Maranatha Christian School with 478 moths of 62 species.

Orange Swift
Caloptilia semifascia (2)
Ypsolopha scabrella (2)
Diamond-back Moth (6)
Coleophora trifolii
Blastobasis adustella (10)
Aethes smeathmanniana
Cochylis atricapitana
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris aspersana (2)
Clepsis consimilana
Light Brown Apple Moth (11)
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix
Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix
Celypha lacunana (4)
Agriphila selasella
Agriphila straminella
Agriphila tristella (17)
Agriphila geniculea (2)
Catoptria falsella (4)
Water Veneer (6)
Eudonia lacustrata (4)
Rusty-dot Pearl (5)
Rush Veneer (3)
Blood-vein (2)
Common Carpet (18)
Green Carpet
Shaded Broad-bar
Lime-speck Pug (4)
Brimstone (19)
Canary-shouldered Thorn (2)
Dusky Thorn (3)
Willow Beauty (3)
Poplar Hawk-moth (3)
Flame Shoulder (16)
Large Yellow Underwing (61)
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (3)
Small Square-spot (124)
Setaceous Hebrew Character (49)
Square-spot Rustic (15)
Cabbage Moth
Common Wainscot
Rosy Rustic (4)
Frosted Orange
Marbled Beauty (2)
Copper Underwing
Cloaked Minor
Dusky Sallow
Flounced Rustic (2)
Vine's Rustic (4)
Pale Mottled Willow
Burnished Brass (2)
Gold Spot (2)
Silver Y (3)
Spectacle
Snout
Straw Dot (9)
Rosy Minor
Tawny-speckled Pug
Red-barred Tortrix
Bryotropha affinis
Apple Leaf Miner
Small Birch Bell, Epinotia ramella f. costana  (f. is form I think, shows the variation of the species)
Parsnip Moth

Plus
Caloptilia robustella\alchimiella (2)
Common Rustic agg (23)
Yponomeutidae sp (2)
Cnephasia sp

And
Red-legged Shield Bug
c30 Common Wasp
c12 Ichneumon wasp sp
Hoverfly, Dasysyrphus albostriatus
Grass Bug, Stenodema calcarata

(Nigel Sluman)

24 Aug 16

Coate Water
Location

After a week trying to get the Green Sandpiper down at Hide 2, he finally landed in front of the hide. There was also a Black-headed Gull playing with leaves, a Little Egret which came over from the far side, landed and then went straight back. We also a fly-by from the Kingfisher and there were 2 Mallards posing nicely in front of us.

Birds recorded were: 2 Kingfishers, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Cormorants, Gadwall, Tufted Ducks, 1 Shoveler,  Mallards, 1 Mandarin, 1 Pochard, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Grey Herons, Black-headed Gulls, 1 Buzzard, Coots, Moorhens, 3 Wrens, 2 Great Tit, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Lapwings, 1 Nuthatch.

Also seen 1 Roe Deer fawn.

(Tony Martin, Graham Cox, Brian Waller, Dave Dunn and Terry Winter)

Green Sandpiper (Tony Martin)

Green Sandpiper (Graham Cox)

Green Sandpiper (Graham Cox)

Green Sandpiper (Graham Cox)

Green Sandpiper (Dave Dunn)

Green Sandpiper (Dave Dunn)

Green Sandpiper (Dave Dunn)

Green Sandpiper (Dave Dunn)

Little Egret (Tony Martin)

Little Egret (Graham Cox)

Little Egret (Graham Cox)

Little Egret (Graham Cox)

Little Egret  (Dave Dunn)

Little Egret  (Dave Dunn)

Juvenile Black-headed Gull (Tony Martin)

Juvenile Black-headed Gull playing with the leaves (Tony Martin)

Juvenile Black-headed Gull (Graham Cox)

Synchronised preening by 2 Mallard (Tony Martin)

Every feather is groomed. (Tony Martin)

Mallard (Graham Cox)

Mallard (Graham Cox)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Kingfisher (Dave Dunn)

Kingfisher (Dave Dunn)

Kingfisher (Dave Dunn)

Kingfisher (Dave Dunn)

Kingfisher (Dave Dunn)

Kingfisher (Dave Dunn)

A Roe Deer fawn (Graham Cox)

Haydon End
Location

Good trapping continues from the garden:

123 moths of 40 species

Lime Bent-wing, Bucculatrix thoracella
Caloptilia semifascia
Horse-chestnut Leaf Miner (2)
Argyresthia goedartella (7)
Diamond-back Moth
Brown House Moth
Bryotropha affinis (2)
Bryotropha domestica
Cochylimorpha straminea
Carnation Tortrix
Light Brown Apple Moth (31)
Agriphila tristella
Agriphila geniculea (2)
Mint Moth (2)
Common Plume
Single-dotted Wave
Riband Wave
Garden Carpet
Yellow Shell (2)
Double-striped Pug
Brimstone (17)
Dusky Thorn
Willow Beauty (5)
Common Wave
Poplar Hawk-moth (3)
Swallow Prominent
Flame Shoulder
Large Yellow Underwing (5)
Lesser Yellow Underwing
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (2)
Square-spot Rustic (5)
Flounced Rustic
Red Underwing
The Spectacle
Straw Dot
Swammerdamia pyralella
Oak Bent-wing, Bucculatrix ulmella
Aspilapteryx tringipennella

Plus
Common Rustic agg
Caloptilia robustella\alchimiella (10)
Acleris laterana\comariana
Parornix sp (3)
Syncopacma sp
Phyllocnistis sp (2)
Stigmella sp

And
10 Mystacides longicornis
2 Long Horn Sedge Caddis FlyOecetis ochracea
15 Hawthorn Shield Bug
Red-legged Shield Bug
Common Wasp
2 Green Lacewing
Eared Leafhopper, Ledra aurita
25 Alebra albostriatella
Woodlouse Spider, Dysdera crocata

(Nigel Sluman)