22 Jan 17

Old Town

Green Woodpecker in my garden this morning feeding for quite some time, a first for the garden for two years

(Mike Ford)

Green Woodpecker (Mike Ford)

21 Jan 17

Blakehill

Peregrine, Barn Owl, c75 Fieldfares, c25 Redwings, 2 Reed Buntings, c5 Meadow Pipits, 10 Linnets and Kestrel.

 Also Brown Hare

(Robin Griffiths)

Coate Water

Robin Griffiths / Helen Senior / John Durell et al
3 Grey Wagtails, Marsh Tit, singing Siskin, Goldcrest, 2 Goosander as well as usual wildfowl.

Ian Stewart
There was a Jack Snipe at Coate today and, separately, 3 Common Snipe.

CWP Pit 29

On a glorious day for a walk in the Water Park the highlight was a group of 3 redhead Smew that showed very well on CWP 29 and a male & redhead seen briefly close to one of the islands also on CWP 29. All the birds seen can be found on the CWP Blog Here.

(Trevor and Sue Clayson)

Smew (Sue Clayson)

Lawns

2 Robins feeding together in the garden. Unusual.

* Friendly?

* mating behaviour?

* Sharing food?

(Felicity Cobb)

Robins (Felicity Cobb)

Nythe

Despite the heavy fog there were 2 Tawny Owls calling to each other at 4:00am this morning.

(Martin Adlam)

Toothill

The garden at home was busy with a Pied Wagtail lingering.  Hilary had seen 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls come down.

I went up to Toothill Park from 3:30.  I saw my first Greenfinches of the year, another Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Goldcrest: the last 2 were site ticks although I have not been there for a while.

(Richard Williams)

Westlea

Today in Westlea on the church litter pick we heard a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming for quite a while.  Also a Little Egret flying above the brook and I heard 3 singing Song Thrushes.

20 Jan 17

Coate Water

Nick Goddard
Lake very low now, much of it mud ! Most of the usual species. Good number of Shoveler 30+, a small group of Teal. Also a fleeting glimpse of a Green Sandpiper through bushes as it flew off.

Maurice Carne
A bright but very cold walk at Coate Water this morning with much of the lake and reserve iced over. Plenty to see on the water with the usual Mallards, Coots, Canada Geese, Mute Swans, Tufted Ducks, Great Crested Grebe, gulls and Cormorant.

Birds seen elsewhere were Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Robin, Magpie, Chaffinch and a pair of Bullfinches.

At the heronry there was a very vocal Grey Heron doing some nest tidying.

On the now exposed lake bed there were a large number of Swan Mussels, some still frost covered.

(Maurice Carne)

Icy waters (Maurice Carne)

Icy waters (Maurice Carne)

A juvenile Mute Swan (Maurice Carne)

An adult Mute Swan in flight (Maurice Carne)

Exposed Swan Mussels now frozen (Maurice Carne)

A 1st winter Black-headed Gull (Maurice Carne)

CWP Pit 28a

2 Smew (drake, redhead)

(Jon Mercer)

CWP Pit 29

3 Smew (redheads)

(Jon Mercer)

Nythe Pool

Around the pool this afternoon, both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Also about were Bullfinch, 2 Goldcrests, Blue Tits, Great Tits and a Treecreeper again.

(Martin Adlam)

Pentylands

An attempt to list all the different birds at Pentylands today:

Red Kite, Buzzard, Wood Pigeon, a Green Woodpecker heard, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Goldfinch, a possible Greenfinch heard, Bullfinch and Yellowhammer

(Neil George)

Wren (Neil George)

Ravensroost

Great Spotted Woodpecker seen and heard. (Felicity Cobb)

Ravensroost Wood (Felicity Cobb)

Pool (Felicity Cobb)

Savernake Forest area

2 Common Crossbills, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin. Via WOS Site Here

(John Powell)

19 Jan 17

Barbury Castle

I was parked up to the west of the castle, between 4:00pm - 5:30pm in the hope of seeing a Short-eared Owl. I didn't see any, but I did witness thousands of Starlings heading north towards Swindon. The first was at 4:25pm with c.4000 birds followed by c.3000 @ 4:30pm, c.1000 @ 4:33pm, c.3000 @ 4:35, c.500 @ 4:36pm, c.5000 and c.500@ 4:40pm. An amazing sight against the setting sun.

Also my first Barn Owl of the year, albeit heard and also a distant Tawny Owl. There was a flighty female Stonechat that was either on a post or on the tall grass stems. There was also a large flock of Fieldfare with around 150 birds feeding on the slopes until a Fox appeared on the scene and sent them scattering.

Birds Recorded were 1 Buzzard, Pheasant, 4 Red-legged Partridge, Wood Pigeon, Tawny Owl calling, Barn Owl calling, 1 Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, 1 female Stonechat, Blackbird, 150+ Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, Great Tit, Wren, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, c. 17000 Starlings in 7 flocks.

Also 1 Fox

(Martin Adlam)

Common Buzzard (Martin Adlam)

A female Stonechat (Martin Adlam)

As the sun sets so a few thousand Starlings head off to roost. Possibly to Shorncote reedbeds in the Cotswold Water park. (Martin Adlam)

A few thousand Starlings heading to roost. This was just one of 7 huge flocks to pass over Barbury Castle this evening. (Martin Adlam)

Coate Water

At Coate Water today at an icy Hide 2 there were 3 Water Rails, 2 Jays, 2 Snipe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Blackbird, 2 Robins, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blue Tits, Great Tits and Long-tailed Tits. We had the Water Rails walking on the ice and a Jay that landed on it for Peanuts. Also here 1 Grey Squirrel.

At Hide 1 there was 1 Kingfisher, 2 Wrens, 1 Water Rail, 3 Dunnocks, 1 Robin, 2 Chaffinches, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-tailed Tits and 1 male Blackbird.

On the lake were 3 Grey Herons, 9 Cormorants, Pochard, Gadwall, Mute Swans, Teal, Tufted Ducks, Shovelers, Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. Also 2 Grey Squirrels and 1 Bank Vole.

(Graham Cox, Tony Martin and Dave Dunn)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Dave Dunn)

Water Rail (Dave Dunn)

Water Rail (Dave Dunn)

Water Rail (Dave Dunn)

Jay (Graham Cox)

Jay (Graham Cox)

Jay (Graham Cox)

Jay (Graham Cox)

Jay (Dave Dunn)

Jay (Dave Dunn)

Jay (Dave Dunn)

Blackbird (Graham Cox)

Long-tailed Tit (Graham Cox)

Long-tailed Tit (Dave Dunn)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Kingfisher (Graham Cox)

Kingfisher (Dave Dunn)

Kingfisher (Dave Dunn)

Grey Squirrel (Graham Cox)

CWP Pit 29

3 redhead Smew. Via CWP Blog Here

(John Durell)

CWP Pit 30

1 male Smew

(John Durell)

Liddington Hill

3 Short-eared Owls here today.

 (Alan McCluskie)

Short-eared Owl (Alan McCluskie)

Mouldon Hill

2 Teal, Grey Heron, Snipe, 13 Common Gull and Grey Wagtail.

(Matt Pringle)

Nythe

In the local area there are now 2 Common Gulls on the Playing Fields and I also saw my first Treecreeper of the year in the trees around Nythe Pool.

Oakhurst

Little Egret, 8 Redwing and 3 Fieldfare

(Matt Pringle)

Penhill

Just a few shots taken here today of some of the birds in the garden, the Chaffinch first time visit in about 2 years. 20 Goldfinches (best count so far), a Dunnock, 2 Long-tailed Tits, lots of House Sparrows, Starlings, Blue Tit and Great Tits.

(Keith Heselton)

Goldfinch (Keith Heselton)

Goldfinch (Keith Heselton)

Goldfinch (Keith Heselton)

Great Tit (Keith Heselton)

Starlings (Keith Heselton)

Chaffinch (Keith Heselton)

Dunnock (Keith Heselton)