28 Mar 17

Cricklade

2 Early Thorns and 4 Common Quakers this morning.

(Robin Griffiths)

Early Thorn (Robin Griffiths)

Haydon End

Another quiet night in the moth trap last night with just 4 Common Quaker, Hebrew Character & Clouded Drab.

(Nigel Sluman)



Note:

Still only a trickle of Spring migrants hitting our shores with a few of the following species heading north. I have added a few likely places to see them, based on sightings sent into this Blog over the past few years. Within the next few days this easterly wind is due to swing around to the south. So we could see quite a few migrants by the end of the week. The ever optimist!

Osprey - Coate Water, Cotswold Water Park and any large expanse of water. Plus if you hear gulls making a racket it could be a raptor and Ospreys aren't exempt from their mobbing. Osprey Webcams Here at Rutland, Loch Garten Here and this one Here at Dyfi on 25 Mar.

Little Ringed Plover - Cotswold Water Park on sandbars. For example the scrape on CWP Pit 74 observed from Twitchers Gate.

Sand Martin, House Martin and Swallows - Any water at this time of year as they will be looking for insects to feed on. - This year first Swallow over Southleaze Lake and Sand Martin CWP Pit 74 both on 11 Mar. House Martin CWP on 23 Mar

Wheatear - Liddington Hill, Barbury Castle, Blakehill Farm NR, Morgans's Hill, Fyfield Down, Shaw Forest Park. This year first Wheatear sighted at Fyfield Down on 13 Mar.

Ring Ouzel - Liddington Hill, Barbury Castle, Morgans's Hill, Fyfield Down

Cuckoos - Cotswold Water Park, Savernake Forest, Coate Water, Stanton Park. Where are they now. Cuckoo Tracking Here.

27 Mar 17

Coate Water

Finally the clocks have changed and I can get out on sunny evenings! Nothing unusual to report and there were the usual suspects at both hides (just waiting for an overflying Osprey or 2!). More images on our Facebook Group Here

(Jim Day)

Mute Swan (Jim Day)

Canada Geese (Jim Day)

Robin (Jim Day)

Coal Tit and Great Tit (Jim Day)

Grey Squirrel (Jim Day)

Cricklade
One new for year this morning of five moths a Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata)

(Robin Griffiths)

Kingshill Canal

I went to Kingshill canal for the Water Voles today. It took about an hour to see one then he stayed feeding for a few hours on the far bank. I eventually saw him mate, but they didn't show after that.

(Tony Martin)

Water Vole (Tony Martin)

Water Vole (Tony Martin)

Water Vole (Tony Martin)

Liden

Two Bee-flies in the garden today a Dark-edged Bee-fly (Bombylius major) and a Dotted Bee-fly (Bombylius discolor), the latter being my first one in the garden for 3 years.

I also watched a pair of Long-tailed Tits collecting moss off a tree just outside the garden - presumably to line their nest with. Heavily cropped shot as only had my 100mm macro lens on!

(Steve Covey)

Dark-edged Bee-fly. (Steve Covey)

Dotted Bee-fly. (Steve Covey)

Long-tailed Tit collecting moss. (Steve Covey)

Nythe

This morning a Chiffchaff was singing from the Whitebeam across the road from the house and the local Blackbird burst into song at 5:00am, nearly 2 hours before sunrise.

In the moth trap 8 moths of 5 species. There were:

2 Early Grey, Xylocampa areola
2 Common Quaker, Orthosia cerasi
2 Clouded Drab, Orthosia incerta
1 Hebrew Character, Orthosia gothica
A pale/worn Double-striped Pug, Gymnoscelis rufifasciata

This afternoon 4 Common Buzzards and a Red Kite over the house.

(Martin Adlam)

Early Greys (Martin Adlam)

Hebrew Character (Martin Adlam)

Clouded Drab (Martin Adlam)

Clouded Drab (Martin Adlam)

Common Quaker (Martin Adlam)

Common Quaker (Martin Adlam)

Double-striped Pug (Martin Adlam)

Common Buzzard (Martin Adlam)

Savernake

2 Mandarin. Via WOS Site Here

(Mike Trew, Don Smith)

26 Mar 17

Blakehill Farm NR

16 Snipe, at least 26 Meadow Pipits, 3 singing Reed Buntings, 3 Linnets, 3 singing Chiffchaffs and Red Kite.

Also Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock butterflies.

(Robin Griffiths)

Cleveland Lakes

3 Little Egret, 22 Greylag Geese, 45 Shoveler, 34 Teal, 37 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 160 Tufted Duck, 26 Pochard, A pair of Red Crested Pochard, 18 Goldeneye, 2 Red Kite, 3 Oystercatcher, Redshank, 4 Green Sandpiper​, 6 Snipe, Water Rail, 3 Green Woodpecker, 14 singing Cetti's Warbler, 23 singing Chiffchaff, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 28 Fieldfare and 3 Siskin.

(Nigel Pleass)

Cotswold Water Park and North Meadow

The day started with a Red Kite low over Cricklade Road near May Close, Gorse Hill as we waited for the bus to the Water Park this morning.

The highlights of a very pleasant walk in the spring sunshine were our first Sand Martins of the year and 3 Treecreepers in the lane by Twitchers Gate. Also 2 Oystercatchers at Kent End and a Kingfisher & Green Sandpiper at CWP Pit 68A/B.

Walking back to Cricklade across North Meadow the first of the Snakes Head Fritillaries are in flower. And the day ended as it had begun with a Red Kite, this one over the turning circle in Cricklade as we waited for the bus home.

All today's sightings can be seen on the CWP Blog here.

Note: More on the Cricklade Fritillaries Here.

(Trevor and Sue Clayson)

Oystercatchers (Sue Clayson)

Snake Head Fritillaries (Sue Clayson)

Nythe

Well I wasn't expecting that. I was just walking around Nythe Pool listening to a Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs singing, when a Peregrine Falcon came around the trees and then over my head by a few metres. I was in so much shock I didn't think to photograph it. What an amazing sight though!

Also about a Great Spotted WoodpeckerTreecreeper and Goldfinches. Plus 2 Brimstones, a Comma and a Drone Fly.

(Martin Adlam)

Moorhen (Martin Adlam)

Comma (Martin Adlam)

Drone Fly (Martin Adlam)

Old Town

A Peregrine Falcon flying quite low over the burial ground at Christ Church around noon today.

(Mrs and Miss Harris)

Penhill

Holly Blue was in the garden for much of the day today, but spent most of the time high up in the conifers.

(Maurice Carne)

25 Mar 17

CWP Pit 74

2 Little Egret, 24 Cormorant, 3 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 40 Wigeon, 20 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 114 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 11 Goldeneye, Red Kite, Oystercatcher, 5 Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff.
Also BrimstonePeacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

(Nigel Pleass)

Park South

No sign of the Dipper here but I did have Dark-edged Bee-flyBombylius major land next to me.

(Kevin Ferguson)

Dark-edged Bee-fly (Kevin Ferguson)

Pinehurst

A brief glimpse of a Holly Blue in the garden this afternoon.

(Maurice Carne)

Holly Blue (Maurice Carne)

Holly Blue (Maurice Carne)

Shaw Forest to Mouldon Lake

Red KiteSparrowhawkKingfisher, drumming Great Spotted WoodpeckerGreen Woodpecker, 27 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Blackcap, 7 Goldcrest and 9 Bullfinch. Also a pair of Great Crested Grebes on a nest at Mouldon Lake.

(Nigel Pleass)

Stanton Park

Spent a few hours here today for Grass Snakes. In the end I came across at least 5 in the stone walls. Also about Small Tortoiseshell and a Brimstone butterfly.

(Tony Martin)

Grass Snake (Tony Martin)

Grass Snake (Tony Martin)

Small Tortoiseshell (Tony Martin)

Small Tortoiseshell (Tony Martin)

24 Mar 17


Blakehill

Curlew, Blackcap singing (earliest ever at Blakehill), Chiffchaff & 2 Reed Buntings singing, 6 Meadow Pipits, 3 Linnets and Kestrel.

(Robin Griffiths)

Nythe

Having seen dozens of Meadow Pipits on Portland Bill yesterday afternoon, I wasn't surprised to see several fly over the estate this morning. This afternoon a Little Egret was chilling out on the bank of the Pool. Also a great display of Wood Anemones.

(Martin Adlam)

Little Egret (Martin Adlam)

A bit of a yawn (Martin Adlam)

Wood Anemone, Anemone nemorosa. It also goes by the Common names of Windflower, Thimbleweed, and Smell Fox because of the musky aroma of the leaves. (Martin Adlam)

23 Mar 17

Cotswold Water Park

Hundreds of Sand Martins & House Martins throughout the Water Park this morning, didn't see any Swallows though. Via CWP Blog Here

(Miranda Shirnia)

Nythe

Yet again a large flock of gulls, heading south over the house at 2:00am. This is becoming a regular movement of gulls at this time of the morning. At first light a Grey Heron was seen heading east. This evening 53 Magpie on the grass bank next to the pool.

(Martin Adlam)

Thames Path, Kempsford

6 Fieldfares, 3 Goldcrests, 3 Chiffchaffs, 12-15 Yellowhammers, a few pairs each of Blue and Great Tits and a lone Mute Swan in a field next to the Thames Path (he was none too happy as I cycled past!)

(Steve Davies)

22 Mar 17

Cricklade

Just the 1 Hebrew Character in the trap this morning.

(Robin Griffiths)

Liden Lagoon

Chiffchaff in brambles at southern end of Liden Lagoon. Male Tufted Duck who thinks he is a Mallard chasing other drake Mallard away whilst swimming with Mallard female. Pair of Great Crested Grebes being very attentive to each other.

(Don  Hopkins)

Ravensroost  Wood

3 Marsh Tits in song, including 2 singing simultaneously, plus at least one other bird present,  also 2-3 Chiffchaffs singing

(Robin Griffiths)