12th August 2018 – It started to rain not long after dark last night and seems to continue through the night and into the morning. I went to RSPB Nagshead after lunch and the rain was very slight and often stopped but it was humid and dull. Around the short trail I found two Treecreepers on one tree and a Nuthatch hanging from a very small twig trying to get something from the twig below it. This was unusual behaviour in that it was not present on either the trunk or a substantial branch. Halfway around the walk, I found three boarlets but I could not see the parents. The small ones trotted off to the north after I had been watching them for about five minutes. A juvenile Spotted Flycatcher was also present along the trail.
At home there were a lot of House Martins and a few Swallows passing in front of heavy clouds as a front came in from the west. Also of note from my lounge window was the overflight of a Peregrine Falcon. I suspect this was one of the local ones which frequent the hills to the south.
11th August 2018 – There were Swallows still present at Wilton Bridge today and later in the day, there were some passing where I live.
9th August 2018 – There were some hirundines over the Rope Walk here in Ross-on-Wye today. They could well be passage birds.
6th August 2018 – Over the past 16 nights, I have driven through the Forest of Dean around the Parkend and Cannop Ponds area at about 2200 to 2300. On every night except one I have seen large mammals. There have been foxes. I have seen three different ones on one night separate by several hundred metres. I have seen a Fallow Deer stag and several hinds. I have also seen a single Muntjac Deer and on many occasions I have seen Wild Boar. At the moment it seems that if I were to drive around the block there a couple of times, I would see mammals almost as a matter of course.
3rd August 2018 – This general spell of hot weather, which started in late June, is still going on with very little respite. Tonight at 2300, it was 20 deg. C..
2nd August 2018 – There were hirundines at Wilton Bridge again as 31st July.
31st July 2018 – There are still hirundines flying around the area of Wilton Bridge and some Swallows are appearing to still be attening nest in the buildings on the west side of the bridge.
28th July 2018 – There was another thunderstorm during the middle of the afternoon. The rain is very welcome.
26th July 2018 – There were a pair of Mute Swans on the River Wye at Wilton Bridge today. I thought that all of the nests along the river near the town and probably further afield were washed out with the spring floods. I know that the nesting attempt opposite the Hope and Anchor public house succumbed to this inundation. This pair of swans, however, have 4 cygnets. They could have nested along one of the smaller water courses nearby and avoided the river flood. In any event it was nice to see these youngsters today. Some Swifts are still present in the vicinity of the bridge.
25th July 2018 – The River Wye is now very low and the bottom of it can be seen all the way across it from Wilton Bridge. This is the lowest that I have seen it. The Swifts are still very vocal around the Man of Ross public house.
24th July 2018 – A Muntjac Deer was the highlight of the day after dark near Ellwood cross roads in the Forest of Dean when I was driving back from Milkwall.
18th July 2018 – Again, the Swifts are vocal over the town as the past few days.
17th July 2018 – Swifts are still doing their aerial displays over Ross-on-Wye town.
16th July 2018 – At Wilton Bridge today, there was a Buzzard lazily circling just to the south of the bridge and on the river just downstream of the bridge where it is quite shallow, there were 50 Canada Geese. The river is very low which is reflecting the hot and dry weather of late.
14th July 2018 – There was some fog at midnight last night and it lingered into the morning. The Swifts are still present in the town as reported yesterday.
At Cannop Ponds, there is a small flock of 20 Tufted Duck which has built up from just one or two birds and this is the beginning of the ‘winter’ flock.
13th July 2018 – There was a thunderstorm during the afternoon but the Swifts are still screaming around the rooftops of Ross-on-Wye.
12th July 2018 – So far this month it was been very hot with a slightly cooler spell over the past two days and at dawn today there was some rain. The lawns in the vicinity of where I live are very brown which is a combinations of the heat and the lack of water. Today, the rain was especially welcome.
7th July 2018 – 7 Black-headed Gulls were on the field at the Rope Walk today just a few days after the first one of this species returned for the winter season.
4th July 2018 – It remains very warm. At Wilton Bridge today, there were all of the hirundines and some Swifts. The numbers of Sand Martins present in this area seems to be on the low side.
1st July 2018 – General Note. Today was another very hot day, continuing the same theme as the past 10 days or so.