Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Hazlebury Common

Adonis Blue have been flying for a few days - counted 5 male today, 3 Common blue and 12 Marsh Frits. No Dingies.
Good news  thanks Gordon

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Bird Song Skills Improvement Group

"On Monday 28th May 2012, the Bird Song Skills Improvement Group met for a 2 hour stroll from The George, Bathampton, heading towards Claverton along the Kennet and Avon canal towpath. There were plenty of Blackcaps and Wrens singing, a few Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and Chiffchaffs. We found a pair of Willow Warblers, a singing male and his mate collecting caterpillars, hopefully for a brood of hungry chicks. We saw and heard one Garden Warbler and a couple of Whitethroats. Banded and Beautiful Demoiselle dragonflies, Orange Tip and Peacock butterflies added to the overall enjoyment of our walk on a lovely warm and sunny morning".
Saw the Bath Peregrine chicks on Saturday evening for first time.

Lucy Delve   

Friday, 25 May 2012

Saturday, 19 May 2012 Chew Valley Lake Trip Report

 (Leaders: Mike Bailey and Chris Vines).

Twelve  Bath Nats. members, plus four from the Bristol & District Moth Group (BDMG), met on Herriott’s Bridge at the southern end of  Chew Valley Lake at 9.00 am. The first stop was to the nearby ringing station for inspection of the moth traps. These had been operated overnight and although the conditions were thought to be ideal, with the first mild evening for several weeks, moth numbers were still low. 16 species were identified from the traps with time being taken to compare how moths are presented in the various field guides. The main differences being whether they are shown as set specimens or in the natural resting position. The identification of three notoriously difficult Eupithecia specimens (Pugs) failed to gain a consensus from the ‘experts’ present. These were taken home by MB for a closer inspection and identified as a male Common Pug and a male and a female Oak-tree Pug. The meeting also coincided with the emergence of a small, metallic-bronze coloured, day-flying, micro-moth called Micropterix calthella. They are more beetle like in their appearance and, in fact, are barely recognisable as moths. They feed on the pollen of buttercup flowers and several minutes were spent in damp areas near the lake checking that they were all this species.

Bird ringing was also taking place and we had close views of a Garden Warbler and a Nuthatch in the hand and on the way to Stratford Hide we were shown a brood of Blue Tits being ringed.

Chris Vines then took over as leader and conducted a trip around the rest of the hides and the lake. He is preparing a report which will follow on from here….

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Hazlebury Common - 23rd May

  1. Hazlebury Common - 23rd May

    Marsh Frits are out, and the Dingies.
  2. Yes, along with several other Bath

     Nats Members, including Richard

     Pooley, we saw 14 Marsh Fritillaries

     and 20 Dingy Skippers this afternoon

     (23rd), and also three other butterfly

     species. 5 moth species were also

     spotted and I photographed a Mothe

    r Shipton, a Dingy Skipper and severa

    l Marsh Frits. Mike Goodchild  had

     seen one or two MFs at the site yesterday when he briefly called in.

    Click here for photos

Tuesday, 22 May 2012


I saw my first  Large Red Damselfly on the pond today , a later date than previous years.

click here for photo

Monday, 21 May 2012

Odd down Park and Ride - 21st May

No sign of small Blue yet but a single Dingy Skipper was on the area just inside the gates.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Near Tucking Mill, Midford on 12th May.

Normally find Grizzled Skippers & Common Blues there ,but this Dingy skipper plus a Peacock were the only butterflies seen. Focus could have been better!

Thanks to Geoff Hiscocks

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Hazlebury Common

One Dingy Skipper seen today, not the first but my first. Plenty of Twayblades and an increase in Green-Winged Orchid numbers.
Gordon Rich

Monday, 14 May 2012


After posting some pictures of juvenile Starlings on flickr yesterday we now have 1 less.
Came home from work to find a Sparrowhawk on the patio with one of the Starlings firmly in its grip.
Click here for all photos

Thanks Mark for a great set of photos

Squacco Heron

Although this is not in our recording area I thought this bird was worthy of a mention.
A Squacco heron was first found at Chew Valley Lake and has now moved to Blagdon lake.
There are some excellent pictures of it on our Flickr site and at cvlbirding ( and blagdonlakebirds ( websites.
This is only the second record for Chew and the first record for Blagdon !!
(click for photo 1) (click for photo 2click for photo 3

Photos by Bill nats member

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Emerging Angle Shades Moth (Phlogophora meticulosa)

Spotted this emerging moth in the garden yesterday enduring the rain. Its wings were fully expanded by the afternoon ready for its maiden flight.

Thanks to Paul Wilkins

Wednesday, 9 May 2012


Good numbers of Swifts over nesting sites in Steway lane Batheaston.


Saturday, 5 May 2012

Thank you

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All the best Steve

Friday, 4 May 2012

Elm Farm moth trap

Philippa ran a moth trap out at Elm Farm Burnett yesterday.
Attached are a few choice photos.
click name for photo,(Scalloped Hazel )(Swallow Prominent ) ( Pine Beauty) (Nut -tree Tussock )


Thank you Phillip very nice photos

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Grey Crow

This Crow has been in the Northend area for at least 3 years, easely recognisable by the short upper part of the beak  Click for (photo1) (photo2) (photo3)
 Interestingly F2 shows it with a twig in its beak so was it nesting do you think and if so has it a mate I wonder?

Thanks to Vito Pecchia ,Batheaston

Wednesday, 2 May 2012


I took a walk in Lower Woods near Wickwar today, mainly to see Bluebells, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, of  which there were many, and Early Purple Orchid,  Orchis mascula. The latter are quite profuse but will probably be at their best in another week. There were some good examples of Herb Paris, Paris quadrifolia, present too.

I was lucky enough to see Treecreeper, Marsh Tit, Raven and Great Spotted Woodpecker amongst many springtime birds. There are several pairs of Nightingales present, in scrub near the river, but they were unfortunately keeping quiet. In the old days the Nats used to go there in the evenings to hear them sing.

On my route there I saw two Swifts at Tormarton village.

Thank you Chris

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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

30 April 2012: Bird Song Skills Improvement Group Meeting.

Along our walk from The Inn at Freshford to Friary Wood, the dominant birdsong included Blackcap, Chiff Chaff, Great Tit, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush and a distant Mistle Thrush. Bullfinch and Goldcrest made softer sounds. There were no Garden Warblers or Whitethroats, which seem to be slow arriving this year. A Peregrine Falcon briefly swooped over a large flock of Swallows and House Martins, which were flying low over the River Frome flood meadows. The swollen river had at some point flooded the bridge by Freshford Mill and the water levels were still very high. Here we saw a Dipper, probably displaced by the flood and with food in its beak so hopefully it’s chicks were still above the waterline.

Lucy Delve

PS Both Swifts and House Martins were back over Bath on Monday.

Thanks Lucy