5th July 2019 – I caught up with the Mute Swans by the Hope and Anchor public house today. They are doing very well and continue to raise all 6 of their cygnets.
A Garway church this afternoon, the Swifts which nest in the church tower were there in abundance. They were screaming around the area and sometime were so low that I could hear the wind through their wings.
4th July 2019 – I called in at Cannop Ponds by the Stoneworks late this afternoon. Again, I could find no hirundines. The highlight of the visit was of a Common Sandpiper in the outfall behind the works.
3rd July 2019 – I noted the swans downstream of the bridge with their 3 cygnets.
2nd July 2019 – At Wilton Bridge the Mute Swans downstream of the structure still have their three cygnets. I walked one field down river from Wye Street and noted 2 Buzzards in the distance in the Goodrich area. There were 2 Mandarin Duck with the male in eclipse plumage downstream of the bridge too. There were settled in some of the large amounts of weed now showing again now that the river level has fallen to summer levels after the recent spell of heavy rain in June.
1st July 2019 – I had a walk down to Wilton Bridge and stayed for 20 minutes or so. There was a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff singing near the bridge. On the way back there was a pair of Bullfinch on the sandstone cliffs of Wilton Road.
In the evening, I sat outside the Man of Ross public house and watched the sandstone cliff/wall opposite in the hope of seeing returning Sand Martins using the holes for nesting. Eventually, I noted 2 holes which were being used. There is a bird of prey type of kite flying from a pole in the garden above the wall and this has been there for a few weeks. The local feral pigeons and the Sand Martins are ignoring it. Swifts were wheeling around above too.