19th January 2018 – I called in briefly at Ashleworth Ham just before lunchtime today. There were a lot of geese there including Canada Geese and Greylag Geese. There were good numbers of duck and a pair of Buzzards was soaring over Hasfield Ham. In the copse there were many passerines and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming.
17th January 2018 – Some Goosanders were on the River Wye again. They are a daily sight at this time of the year. I found two Great White Egrets on the pool in the grounds of the Chase Hotel as viewed from Waterside.
16th January 2018 – 3 Goosander on the River Wye and Little Egrets and Grey Herons flying around when I walked along the river to the area around the Riverside Inn.
15th January 2018 – Little Egrets continue to be present around the rowing club at Ross-on-Wye and downstream towards Wilton Bridge. I think that they may be breeding in the area soon?
13th January 2018 – Again there were at least two Goosanders on the River Wye not far from Wilton Bridge.
12th January 2018 – On the opposite bank to the Hope and Anchor public house today there were two Little Egrets perched up, one Grey Heron roaming the bank and two Goosanders were on the water and all of these were in one binocular view.
11th January 2018 – There was a Treecreeper on a tree near the canoe launch alongside the river at Ross-on-Wye. This was a first for me within the town boundary.
10th January 2018 – There were small flocks of winter thrushes around the orchards opposite the church at Weston-under-Penyard when I walked over Penyard Hill this morning.
9th January 2018 – There were at least 2 male Goosander on the River Wye late this afternoon.
7th January 2018 – I was back at WWT Slimbridge on day two of an event. There were more Bewick’s Swans arriving on migration and by dark there were about 100 swans on the Rushy Pen.
6th January 2018 – I went to WWT Slimbridge to help at an event. During the morning, one of the Bewick’s Swans carrying a satellite transmitter was shown to be in a field near WWT Welney. At about 1430, this bird landed on the Rushy Pen!
4th January 2018 – I walked through the town and back up river at Ross-on-Wye and noted a Greenfinch by the rowing club, a species said to be on the decline and one which I have not noted recently. Along Rudhall Brook there was a Little Egret and Great White Egret.
3rd January 2018 – I walked down the river again and this morning I found a Kingfisher along Rudhall Brook near where the Goosanders were seen yesterday. I suspect it too was taking advantage of better water compared to the fast flowing and high River Wye. 2 Goosander were on the river and opposite the rowing club, sheltering under the river bank from a very strong wind were 7 Little Egret and 2 Great White Egrets. In the afternoon, I stopped at Cannop Ponds en route back from Coleford and found 17 Tufted Duck which is effectively the wintering flock at this site. Mandarin Duck and Grey Wagtail were birds of note.
2nd January 2018 – I went to WWT Slimbridge for and meeting and found a Little Stint on the Rushy Pen along with the newly arrived Bewick’s Swans. Back at home, in the early morning, there were a Grey Heron, Little Egret and Great White Egret in the same binocular view from my kitchen window. Later, I walked down the river and noted 6 Goosander along Rudhall Brook by the rowing club at Ross-on-Wye. I have never seen them in this small brook but they are probably there as a result of the River Wye being very high and almost over its banks and it was flowing very fast. Indeed, I saw another male Goosander being swept very fast downstream.
1st January 2018 – Happy New Year! The New Year at home started in spectacular fashion with first, a male Blackcap in a bush just outside my kitchen window. But, it got better. Both Little Egret and Great White Egret were seen from the same window and the latter was a first for this site and was the 54th species noted here. I walked down the river later and there were 2 Goosanders south of Wilton Bridge and a Buzzard was soaring over it.