There was a fault with the CFBW Grapevine text system last year and numbers were lost. The system has been back up and running for a little while, generally informing members of potentially twitchable sightings within our recording area. If you were previously on it and would like to be added again, please email New members can be added to the text-list if they have joined the CFBWBG.

Records over the spring and summer
Thank you all for the continued submission of detailed bird and wildlife sightings so far this year. Our database for 2012 onwards is now nearing 30,000 records. As we enter the breeding season, we are going to be more selective about the records that we report on the blog for various reasons, instead focusing on reporting migrants, but we will continue to gratefully accept all records (breeding information being very important!) and store them in our database so that we can keep tabs our local bird populations and report on them at a later date. Thanks!

19th May 2017

Sightings in the BW sector included two Garden Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat and the Willow Warbler singing at the Harholt Plantation. Two Swallows were on the wires by Perrotts Farmhouse.

Paul Goodman

18th May 2017

Sightings at CF included a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, six Mallards, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, nine Swifts and three Swallows over, as well as a Collared Dove and seven Whitethroats.

Garden Warblers were still singing in BW at the Harholt Plantation and near the housing estate.

David Campbell and Ian Pratley

16th May 2017

A Spotted Flycatcher sallying from the treetops on the edge of the Harholt Plantation was a pleasant surprise in the morning, being a tricky species to pick up on spring passage. Two Hobbies spent some time hawking over the plantation, where a flock of four Grey Herons and 300 Herring Gulls flew over. A 2cy Red Kite hung low over Coneyboro Hill and it, or another, was seen over the farm. Two Lesser Whitethroats were singing around Harholt and Hillwood Field, while two Garden Warblers were also singing (between the Holly Lane car park and Outwood Lane, and near the BW housing estate). Two House Martins, a Swallow and three Swifts flew over the farm, while three Pied Wagtails were seen at Legal & General and a Mistle Thrush was near Perrotts Farmhouse. Five more Swallows flew over Harholt and a Tawny Owl was there.

As for butterflies, BW counts included 10 Dingy Skippers, two Grizzled Skippers, 10 Brimstones, two Orange-tips, two Peacocks, five Small Heaths, four Common Blues, a Holly Blue, a Small Copper and five Green Hairstreaks. CF had three Peacocks, eight Small Whites and a Brimstone.
Spotted Flycatcher at Harholt
Hobby over Harholt
2cy Red Kite over Coneyboro Hill
Grey Herons over Harholt
Blackcaps at Harholt
Swift over Canons
adult Buzzard

Geoff Barter, David Campbell (photos), Duncan Jennings, Ian Pratley, Mark Stanley, Nic Tidmarsh and Woodchips

15th May 2017

The way this spring has panned out hitherto, it wouldn't really have been at all surprising if our first House Martins of the year were autumn migrants but thankfully such a situation was averted by a movement of 14 individuals south into the wind this afternoon, along with 12 Swifts. A Hobby also cruised over the farm, where a Cormorant, two Mallards and a Collared Dove flew over. Two Canada Geese flew over the BW sector.

Late addition: Two Red-legged Partridges were still at the farm.

David Campbell (photo) and Ian Magness

14th May 2017

Three Red Kites flew over the farm while warblers in the BW sector included two Lesser Whitethroats, a notable four Garden Warblers and the Willow Warbler.

Ian Pratley

13th May 2017

A Red-legged Partridge was still in Game Field and three Swifts flew over the farm.

In the BW sector, Lesser Whitethroats were singing around Hillwood Field and at the Harholt Plantation while Garden Warblers were in voice by the caravan site, in Stagbury Field and at Harholt, where the Willow Warbler was still singing. Four Whitethroats were also counted and a Swallow flew north.

Butterflies at BW included a Holly Blue, two Orange-tips, a Small White and three Brimstones.

Willow Warbler at the Harholt Plantation
Ian Ward

12th May 2017

A female Whinchat was found on the north side of Horse Pasture, a welcome arrival as we were starting to worry that it was shaping up to be a blank spring for the species. The year list is thus raised to 85 species.

A few locally scarce warblers were in voice in the BW sector. A male Lesser Whitethroat was singing between Hillwood Field and Hither Field while three Garden Warblers were singing in the BW sector: by the caravan site, the south-east end of the Harholt Plantation and at the south end of Stagbury Field. The Willow Warbler was still proclaiming territory at Harholt.

Andy Downing and Ian Pratley