10 Dec 16

CWP Pit 74
Location

Great White Egret present this morning. Via BirdGuides Here.

Nythe
Location

It's that time of year when Foxes start mating and become very vocal. So unsurprsingly, in the early hours of this morning, there was very loud barking outside the front of the house.

(Martin Adlam)


Other Counties Bird News Here

9 Dec 16

Barbury Castle
Location

A late evening visit (3:45pm - 4:30pm) to see if there were any Short-eared Owls. Unfortunately none. I did however have a Kestrel and Buzzard very close to the track, both sitting on the posts, a male Stonechat and there was also a large mixed flock Fieldfare and Redwing.

Birds Recorded were: 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, Pheasant, 50+ Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, 1 male Stonechat, Blackbird, 50+ Fieldfare & Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, 5 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch and 1 Yellowhammer.

(Martin Adlam)

Buzzard (Martin Adlam)

A male Stonechat (Martin Adlam)

The setting sun. All points to a nice day tomorrow! (Martin Adlam)

8 Dec 16

Cricklade
Location

Female Blackcap feeding on Cotoneaster berries.

(Robin Griffiths)

Nythe
Location

With the milder weather and a report in from the Wiltshire Butterflies and Moth Facebook Group that one of their members on Tuesday night had 153 December Moths, 18 Feathered Thorns, 4 Mottled Umbers and 2 Rusty Dot Pearls amongst 12 species and 190 moths, I thought I'd have a go.

My trappings this morning were 4 moths and 5 small flies sp.. including my first ever December Moth (Poecilocampa populi). Well pleased!

The other 3 were Light Brown Apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana), Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella) I think and a Cypress Carpet (Thera cupressata)

(Martin Adlam)

December Moth (Martin Adlam)

Cypress Carpet (Martin Adlam)

I think this is a Diamond-back Moth (Martin Adlam)

Light Brown Apple moth (Martin Adlam)

7 Dec 16

Gorse Hill
Location

Buzzard mobbed by Jackdaws over Gorse Hill Baptist Church at 8:00am this morning

(Richard Williams)

Highworth
Location

In the moth trap
Light Brown Apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana (11)Beautiful Plume moth, Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
December Moth, Poecilocampa populi  - male & female
Winter Moth, Operophtera brumata (3)
Feathered Thorn, Colotois pennaria (1)

(Steve Nash)

Liddington Hill
Location

Walk from Folly Farm to the top of Liddington Hill this afternoon, lots of Long-tailed Tits in the hedgerows, good number of Redwings and a few Fieldfares feeding on the berries on the lower slopes of the Hill. Kestrel and several Red Kites giving great views despite the windy conditions. No Short-eared Owl seen.

(Phillip Smith)

Red Kite (Phillip Smith)

Nythe
Location

Phil Deacon
The adult female Green Woodpecker visited our garden this afternoon, poking about in the lawn for half an hour in her successful search for ants. She used to be regular visitor during the summer, but have not seen her in the garden since the 'flying ant season' ended in August.

47 Magpies in the pre-roost gathering in the trees near Nythe pool.

Martin Adlam
No wonder there weren't any other birds in the back garden. A record 11 Wood Pigeons feeding on the bird seed.

Locally 4 Herring Gulls, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 11 Black-headed Gulls over the playing field. No sign of Common Gull.

Around Nythe Pool, 3 Song Thrushes, Redwings calling, a Green Woodpecker and a small flock of Long-tailed Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits and a Goldcrest in the hedgerow.

In the pool a Grey Heron and 2 Moorhens.

(Martin Adlam)

2 of the 11 Wood Pigeons (Martin Adlam)

An advanced 2nd-winter Herring Gull showing grey feathers on the mantle and wings. (Martin Adlam)
Grey Heron (Martin Adlam)

I think he's spotted me..........

.......and off (Martin Adlam)

6 Dec 16

Broome Manor
Location

The Moorhen is still in the garden.

(Nick Goddard)

The Moorhen on the edge of the bird bath. (Nick Goddard)

CWP Pit 28
Location

Drake Smew still present this afternoon, but very mobile.

(Martin Adlam)

5 Dec 16

Broome Manor
Location

Garden tick today, 1 Moorhen.

(Nick Goddard)

Coate Water
Location

Martin Adlam
Sadly no Bewick's Swans, there visit was brief, but I'm sure they are not far away.

Main highlight this evening between 3:00pm - 4:15pm, was a male Blackcap with a sub-song. If I hadn't been right next to it, I doubt I would have heard it. Other highlights were the 29 Common Gull stood on the ice. Whoever said they were uncommon. Oh I did, well they are in Summer and obviously not in the winter!

If you ever visit Coate Water standing on the bank of fishing peg number 36 is brilliant. Not only are you fairly close to the water birds but in two days I've had a Kingfisher flying past me, a Cetti's Warbler in the reeds next to me, a Blackcap singing and great views of the gulls on the ice.

Birds Recorded: Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 31 Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Mallard, Gadwall, Wigeon, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Pochard, 2 drake Goosander, 2 Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 30 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 29 Common Gull, Wood Pigeon, 2 Kingfisher, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, Goldcrest, 20+ Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, 1 Treecreeper, Wren, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Chaffinch, Siskin and Goldfinch.

Unsurprisingly with over 30 Mute Swans on the main lake there will always be a bit of tension. This cob certainly had a bit of a beef with this adult.

Apologies for using a flash, but it was dark and these 2 juveniles must have been the result of a late brood and are still with dad.

There was counting the Shovelers and decided on 5 drakes and 3 females. How wrong I was! The final count was 11 drakes and 20 ducks. My excuse was it was dark and what I thought were female Mallard were in fact female Shoveler.

3 drake or is that 4. The last one on the right is a drake Wigeon, not sure about the one next to it.

A silhouette of a Cormorant.

How many Common Gull can you see. Answer at the bottom of the page.

Trevor and Sue Cayson
We were also at Coate Water today between midday & 2 pm again hoping that the Bewick Swans may have not moved on overnight.

Species seen around the main lake wereCormorant, Mute Swan, Goosander, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Wigeon, Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Canada Goose, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Blackbird, Jackdaw, Crow, Chaffinch, Wood Pigeon & Grey Squirrel.

A total of 34 and thanks to Tony Martin for putting food out along the Hodson Road fence posts.

Coal Tit (Sue Clayson)

Marsh Tit (Sue Clayson

Nuthatch (Sue Clayson)

Maurice Carne
A pleasant walk around the lake this morning but no sign of the Bewick's Swans.

Species recorded wereMute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, white Call ducks, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Wren, Robin, Blue Tit, Coot, Moorhen, Squirrel and a Grey Heron ice skating.

A Grey Heron on ice (Maurice Carne)

Robin (Maurice Carne)

Robin (Maurice Carne)

Grey Squirrel (Maurice Carne)

CWP Pit 30
Location

Drake Smew present this morning. Via BirdGuides Here and CWP Blog Here

(Andrew Whittaker)

Shaftestbury Lake
Location

We returned home from Coate Water and went past Shaftesbury Avenue Lake which was still partially frozen where the birds seen were a pair of Mute Swans with a large cygnet, a Cormorant, Mallards, Coots, Moorhen, Canada Geese, Black-headed & Herring Gulls.

(Trevor and Sue Clayson)

Swindon

Matt Pringle
Peregrine & Little Egret over Ferndale Road.

Trevor and Sue Clayson
The surprise of the day was a Little Egret fishing in a particularly grubby stretch of the River Cole near the cycle path bridge at Marshgate.

Little Egret (Sue Clayson)

Answer: 10 Common Gull, 6 Black-headed Gull and the top of the head of a Coot

4 Dec 16

Brinkworth
Location

4 Raven still in sheep fields west of Brinkworth churchyard.

(Ian Searle)

Coate Water
Location

Nick Goddard
4 Bewick's Swans on the main lake this morning.

Bewick's Swans (Nick Goddard)

Martin Adlam
Bewick's still present at 3:00pm. Best place to view was from Fishing Peg 36, where there was a high bank to my right and I had the sun behind me.

Also 2 drake Goosanders, 5 Common Gulls, a Water Rail, Kingfisher, a Red Kite, Mistle Thrush and a Cettis Warbler calling just a metre away from me in the reeds. More on my Blog Here


The 4 Bewick's still on the main lake this afternoon. (Martin Adlam)

The Bewick's. (Martin Adlam)

The Bewick's. (Martin Adlam)

All 4 Bewick's. (Martin Adlam)

A drake Goosander in flight. Centre a Common Gull (Martin Adlam)

Red Kite. (Martin Adlam)

Common Gull. (Martin Adlam)

A female Blackbird defends her berries. (Martin Adlam)

As is this Mistle Thrush (Martin Adlam)

CWP Pit 28
Location

Drake Smew present this morning, but very mobile. Via BirdGuides Here

Lotmead Farm
Location

Highlights of a very cold morning on the farm were: a Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, a Water Rail, 9 Meadow Pipit, 5 Fieldfare, 135 Redwing, 2 Jays, 5 Greenfinch, 7 Bullfinch and 1 Reed Bunting. More on my Blog Here

(Martin Adlam)

Meadow Pipit (Martin Adlam)

Two Roe Deer venture out into the open, before heading back into the woods. (Martin Adlam)

Marlborough to Avebury

Starting in Marlborough there were a few Mallard & Moorhen on the River Kennet. At Manton a single Grey Heron was the only bird of note on the Water Meadows with a Little Egret in the River in the village.

In the area around the Devils Den there were 2 Red Kites, 2 Buzzards, 2 Roe Deer, a Raven, 40+ Starlings, 30+ Chaffinch, and a few Fieldfare & Yellowhammers.

On Fyfield Down there were 2 more Red Kites, 100+ Fieldfares and 30+ Yellowhammers.

On the way down into Avebury a flock of 400+Starlings were gathering, and 2 Goldfinches & a pair of Stonechats were feeding amongst the thistles.

(Trevor & Sue Clayson)

Little Egret (Sue Clayson)

Roe Deer (Sue Clayson)

Purton
Location

Blackbird and Song Thrush feeding on the Hawthorn berries, hopefully there will be few left for any Waxwings around!

(Jon Mercer)

Song Thrush (Jon Mercer)

Blackbird (Jon Mercer)