24 Feb 17


A early morning walk around Nythe in the wake of Storm Doris. A few more trees down lying across the paths in the woods and along Dorcan Stream. Blackthorn blossom coming out in force. Birds seen and heard this morning included 2 Song Thrushes and Dunnocks in song. Also about Goldcrest, Treecreeper and a pair of Siskins calling overhead.

(Martin Adlam)

Blackthorn (Martin Adlam)


1. BTO Garden Birdwatch Survey. More info Here

23 Feb 17

Nythe Pool

Not too many birds about as Storm Doris makes her way across Swindon. Just a Grey Heron on the pool, Blackthorn in blossom and unsurprisingly a few fallen trees.

(Martin Adlam)

Blackthorn in blossom. (Martin Adlam)

One of several trees that fell during the high winds. (Martin Adlam)


A Barn Owl alongside A4361 south of Wroughton at 0:40 this morning.

(Malcolm Royal)

22 Feb 17


1 Red Kite over this afternoon, Also a small flock of 12 Fieldfare

(Martin Adlam)

Braydon Manor

Peregrine over Here

(Robin Griffiths)


Red Kite over midday

(Martin Adlam)


Frog spawn in the garden pond tonight

(Deb Bowditch)


I must have the noisiest Frogs on the planet. The garden pond is well churned up, but still no sign of any frog spawn.

(Martin Adlam)

21 Feb 17


First Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) of the year last night also Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla) and another 1 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana).

(Robin Griffiths)

Common Quaker (Robin Griffiths)


Still no sign of any frog spawn in the garden pond, but lots of Frogs croaking throughout the night.

This afternoon an adult Common Gull on the playing fields and by Nythe pool a Grey Wagtail and Treecreeper.

Signs that Spring is on its way with a few Hawthorn leaves now out and Blackthorn flowers out in bloom on the south facing side of Nythe wood.

(Martin Adlam)

Blakehill Farm NR

Jack Snipe, at least 19 Common Snipe, 2 Teal, c100 Redwings, c15 Fieldfares, c14 Meadow Pipits, 8 Stock Doves

Plus Brown Hare

(Robin Griffiths)

Wharf Road

17 Little Egrets and several hundred gulls in the wet fields along Wharf Road

(Malcolm Royal)

20 Feb 17


Neil George
My first butterfly of 2017 just flew past the lounge window. Red Admiral I think believe.

Steve Nash
In the moth trap:
1 Epiphyas postvittana, Light Brown Apple Moth
1 Nycteola revayana, Oak Nycteoline
1 Phigalia pilosaria, Pale Brindled Beauty

Oak Nycteoline (Steve Nash)


No moths in the trap this morning, just a very small beetle, possibly one of the pollen beetles Olibrus aeneus, Shining Flower Beetle.

In Nythe Wood this afternoon, a Red Kite over and a Fox walking down the footpath.

(Martin Adlam)

Possible a Shining Flower Beetle. (Martin Adlam)


Lot of Chiffchaffs about.

(Neil George)

19 Feb 17

Blakehill Farm NR

2 Skylarks

(Felicity Cobb)

Coate Water

Today at Hide 1: 1 Water Rail, 1 Goosander, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Canada Geese, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Robins, 1 Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tits, 2 Dunnocks and 2 Chaffinches.

At Hide 2: 1 Kingfisher, 3 Water Rail, 2 Jays, 1 Pheasant, 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard, 2 Wigeon, Teal, Gadwalls, Shovelers, Tufted Ducks, Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, 8 Cormorants, Common Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, 5 Grey Herons, 2 Dunnocks, 2 Chaffinches, Blue Tit, Great Tits and Long-tailed Tits.

(Graham Cox, Tony Martin and Harry King)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

Water Rail (Graham Cox)

A drake Teal (Graham Cox)

Jay (Graham Cox)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Graham Cox)

Long-tailed Tit (Graham Cox)


Felicity Cobb
1 Kestrel in a tree

Robin Griffiths
Still no macros, but a single Acleris notana/ferrugana - first for the garden.

Acleris notana/ferrugana (Robin Griffiths)

Note: Rusty Birch Button (Acleris notana) is very similar to Rusty Oak Button (Acleris ferrugana) and only reliably separated by dissection of the genitalia.


2 Red Kites over today.

(Ian Johnson)

Haydon End

Another 'Daddy n Daughter' Garden Birdwatch this afternoon, a bit later than normal, which meant a change in numbers:

c300 Herring Gull (Hannah was particularly excited when so many birds flew over!), 2 Magpie, 26 Starling, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Carrion Crow, 13 House Sparrow, 7 Wood Pigeon, 2 Great Tit, Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, 2 Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Robin and Blue Tit.

(Nigel and Hannah Sluman)

Liden Lagoon

A pair of Great Crested Grebes nest building on the edge of the South Island. Also 5 Pochard and many Tufted Ducks.

(Don  Hopkins)


Tawny Owl calling as it flew over the house in the early hours of this morning.

(Martin Adlam)

Park North

5 Red Kites over Park North this afternoon at 2:00pm.

(Brian Waller)

Queen's Drive

2 Red Kites opposite Windsor Road

(Felicity Cobb)


A Red Kite near the A419

(Felicity Cobb)


This morning 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Cetti's WarblerChiffchaffBlackbirdSong Thrush all singing and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming. Very Springlike.

(Jon Mercer)

18 Feb 17

CWP Pit 74

2 Great White Egrets flew over Twitchers Gate and on the pit a few Goldeneye. Via CWP Blog Here.

(Jim Day)


Before leaving home this morning there was the now regular male Blackcap on the fat feeder in the garden.

(Trevor and Sue Clayson)


Red Kite circling very low over Liden this morning.

(Don  Hopkins)

Nightingale Wood

3 Snipe, 200 Redwing, 30 Fieldfare, 6 Reed Bunting and 3 Lesser Redpoll. Via WOS Site Here

(Phil & Graham Deacon)


Red Kite over the estate this morning.

(Martin Adlam)

Park South

Malcolm Royal
Dipper by the culvert under Dorcan Way at 10:30am.

Kevin Ferguson 
Dipper was seen at the Dorcan Way road bridge between 10:40 & 11:40 this morning.

A record shot of the Dipper. My first Dipper in over 30 years! (Kevin Ferguson)

Somerford Common

Marsh Tit and Siskin here today. Also seen 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers in two pairs chasing each other very noisily amongst the trees.

(Neil George)

Marsh Tit (Neil George)

A female Siskin (Neil George)


At least 20 Siskins, probably many more, in the alders along Swillbrook (Wilts/Glos) and beside CWP Pit 58 (Glos), also a Little Egret in Wilts and another in Glos, and 7 Goosanders on CWP Pit 41 (Glos).

(Robin Griffiths)