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moved on to The Mythe, to the north of
At Edge Common, I found Small Skipper and a Dark-green Fritillary which were new species for the year with the help of some friends at both locations.
In the afternoon, I went to Edge Common to try to find Dark-green Fritillary but none were seen. I was possibly a day or two early.
16th June 2010 – A warm day but
quite breezy. Walked
from Speech House car park (the one with the cattle grid) to
On the long trail at Nagshead, there were at least 2 Red Admiral butterflies again. At the end of the lower part of the short trail, there was a Pied Flycatcher again but this time it was a female.
At Nagshead later in the day, the two Wood Warblers were still singing around the long trail.
May Hill later in the day with low clouds near the summit, it was very quiet
8th June 2010 – Heavy rain overnight with 7mm of rain recorded in Gloucester. Nagshead was relatively quiet but there were still 2 Wood Warblers singing around the long trail. A Pied Flycatcher at the end of the lower section of the short trail was of note.
6th June 2010 – A Hobby over Longhope was a nice surprise when I left this afternoon to go to Nagshead.
At Nagshead there was another Painted Lady flying through and several Red Admiral Butterflies along the trails suggesting a small influx of migrants. Both Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher were in evidence at the Lower Hide. At the Nursery Pond I did a scaled up count of the tadpoles which were forming dense ‘strings’ and I estimate a number of about 9000!
5th June 2010 – Along Cannop Brook, south of the Stoneworks, at least 69 Beautiful Demoiselle Damselflies present along with the first 3 Golden-ringed Dragonflies of the year. A Dipper was also present.
A Painted Lady butterfly was a first for the year at Nagshead where there was a family party of Marsh Tits along the short trail.
4th June 2010 – I went over the border to the Blorenge, near Abergavenny to see the Mamora’s Warbler. This bird gave prolonged views near the top of the mountain.
At Symonds Yat, there was more evidence of the Peregrine chicks having hatched.
3rd June 2010 – At Symonds Yat Peregrine viewpoint, behaviour suggests that some or all of the chicks have hatched.
At Boy’ Grave, several Nightjars and Woodcock present this evening.
2nd June 2010 – Dilke Lagoon again and more odonata on the wing on a warm day. More Downy Emerald Dragonfly with many Broad-bodied Chaser present. I found two exuvia of the latter.
At Cannop Ponds south lake, Red-eyed Damselflies was a first of the year for me.
31st May 2010 – Dilke Lagoon near Woorgreens. A Downy Emerald Dragonfly was a first for the year.
30th May 2010 – After a wet day yesterday, I went to Nagshead where the Wood Warblers were still singing around the long trail.
28th May 2010 – A short visit to Symonds Yat, but the Peregrines were quiet although the male was perched at the nest hole entrance. Have the young hatched?
27th May 2010 – Linear Park, Cinderford. A short walk from the car park to the south and I was able to find 2 individuals of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. Around the Boys Grave area there were more deer including 2 seen on the 25th May identified by their markings. At New Fancy View in the general area, there were at least 3 more different Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries.
26th May 2010 – I went to Symonds Yat to see if there was any difference in the behaviour of the Peregrines given that hatching may have just happened/about to happen. There appeared to be little activity although the male spent some time at the nest hole entrance and did go in the then come out of the hole which is unusual as when bird goes in, it normally remains there for some time unless a change over takes place. In this instance, it was the same bird which went in an out.
25th May 2010 – A Dipper at Cannop Brook and a Spotted Flycatcher at Boys Grave were highlights of the day. Also at the latter, there were six Fallow Deer, one was very spotted in white, one was very dark and one had a notched left ear. If these were together in a group in the near future, I may be able to recognise them.
24th May 2010 – I went in search of odonata in the Woorgreens area. I was particularly interested in the lake shown on the OS maps a few hundred metres to the east of the main, large lake as I had not been there before. I was disappointed to note that it was virtually dried up and instead of being about the size of the island on the main lake, it was no more than 4m in diameter. Nevertheless, there were 4 species of odonata present.
22nd May 2010 – Linear Park, Cinderford – Grizzled Skipper butterfly was new for the year and 7 species of odonata noted at various sites in the Forest of Dean today. Another hot day.
21st May 2010 – At Brierley, a Wood White butterfly was new for the year and 9 species noted at this site. A very warm day with the temperature at 25 deg. C.
20th May 2010 – At Edge Common, Brown Argus, Small Blue and Small Copper were new butterflies for the year.
At Strawberry Banks near Chalford, at least 40 individual Marsh Fritillaries shows that the population of this species which has been listed as ‘fragile’ is doing well.
Another visit to Cirencester Park, I noted Pearl-bordered Fritillaries in 3 different areas. 16 species of butterfly noted today.
19th May 2010 – A visit to Symonds Yat revealed the Peregrines still apparently incubating.
18th May 2010 – A fine warm day and of note at Edge Common near Stroud were Duke of Burgundy fritillary and Green Hairstreak butterflies and a Roe Deer.
At Cirencester Park, there were at least three Pearl-bordered fritillaries.
17th May 2010 – Since I was in the area, I went to Wentwood to try to find the reported Iberian Chiffchaff which proved to be near the forestry car park and singing very distinctly.
16th May 2010 – Light rain this afternoon when I went to Nagshead but the Wood Warblers around the long trail were still singing.
15th May 2010 – I visited Plump Hill Quarry, Fairplay Iron Mine lake and one of the tracks at Brierley all of which were reconnaissance for finding butterflies and odonata this coming summer.
Pied Flycatcher noted near the lower hide at Nagshead. They appear to be thin on the ground this year.
14th May 2010 – I made the same visits as yesterday and the same activity noted.
13th May 2010 – At Symonds Yat, the Peregrine activity suggests that incubation is continuing as expected. Hatching should take place between 18th and 26th of the month.
Nagshead in the afternoon and Wood Warblers still singing around the long trail.
10th May 2010 – At Symonds Yat during a short visit, I noted the female take over from the male on the nest and the latter flew off and was lost to sight. The incubation appears to be continuing as per the timetable.
8th May 2010 – A cold wet day at Tidenham Chase. Many birds singing and moving around even in the poor weather. A small flock of Crossbills were of note on my short visit.
7th May 2010 – Wood Warbler at Haywood Plantation was the only bird of note today.
5th May 2010 – Tree Pipits. Yellowhammers and Linnets were the main species of note at Tidenham Chase today. At Nagshead RSPB Reserve, several Wood Warblers in the same areas of the long trail as of late.
4th May 2010 – I had four sightings of Fallow Deer including some antlered males around the Boys Grave area today. There were also several ringed Greylag Geese whose details have been passed on through the appropriate channels.
3rd May 2010 – Strumble Head, west Wales. The was a very impressive passage of Swallows for most of the day.
2nd May 2010 – A passage of Swifts over Tidenham Chase this afternoon heralded more migration.
1st May 2010 – A Garden Warbler at Nagshead RSPB Reserve was of note and at Symonds Yat, the Peregrines appear to be still sitting on eggs judging by behaviour. At Slimbridge, Bar-tailed Godwits on the river were new birds for the year for me.
30th April 2010 – Nagshead – A pair of Pied Flycatchers along the long trail was a first for me for the year.
A little later in the morning, it came on to rain and there was no Pergrines seen in the one and a half hours I spent at the viewpoint at Symonds Yat.
28th April 2010 – A Wood Warbler was of note at Boys Grave on a cool morning.
26th April 2010 – At Symonds Yat on a warm day, there was very little activity from the Peregrines. The incubation must be going well.
24th April 2010 – Warmest day of the year with the temperature at 20 deg. C. At Symonds Yat there appeared to be a significant passage of House Martins with a Swift with them. A first for the year for the latter species. A Holly Blue butterfly passed by and a Noctule bat was flying over the fields below the viewpoint. Quiet on the Peregrine front.
At Nagshead later in the day, a Wood Warbler along the long trail was another first for the year.
22nd April 2010 – Symonds Yat. A change in behaviour by the Peregrines suggest that they may have started incubation.
21st April 2010 – Strumble Head. A Manx Shearwater was a first of the year for me. There appeared to be a small fall of warblers in the low vegetation and at least 8 Wheatears were in a nearby field.
20th April 2010 – Sunny periods but cool at Symonds Yat. The behaviour of the Peregrines suggest that they have chosen a hole in the cliff for nesting.
18th April 2010 – A fine sunny and warm day. A couple of clouds in the morning but out in the country it is very quiet as there are no aircraft in the air, as has been the case since last Thursday, 15th April. This is because they are grounded because of the ash in the air from the erupting volcano in Iceland which makes it unsafe for running jet engines. Of course, there are no contrails either, so the note of yesterday and earlier this morning that there were no clouds in the sky really meant that it was wall to wall blue sky. I walked over May Hill just before lunch and the day was quieter with bird song and just a few butterflies on the wing. Meadow Pipits were nest building near the top of the hill. There was no sign of dragonflies around the various ponds on the hill.
17th April 2010 – Not a cloud in the sky and it was warm and sunny at Ashleworth. A Redstart in Stank Lane was a first for the year for me. From the hide, 89 Teal, 2 Lapwing, 6 Canada Geese, 16 Mallard, 10 Shoveler, 12Wigeon, 6 Coot, 3 Grey Heron and 2 Mute Swans, one being on a nest. Plenty of butterflies were on the wing including Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone.
16th April 2010 – I returned to Boys Grave and walked to the Cannop area again as yesterday. A much warmer day with the temperature in the mid teens by the afternoon. A group of Fallow Deer with a young animal were down from the car park. These were watched for some time as they fed before they eventually moved off into the woodland. The highlight of the afternoon was the sight of a Wild Boar in the Boys Grave area. It appeared to be alone and was probably a young sow with some markings on the back. Yesterday, in the Russells Enclosure area, there appeared to be thick oil on many of the patches of water on the newly cleared area. Today, some of these patches have blue absorbent floating squares of thick tissue on them. I suspect this is some sort of effort to soak up this oil. The water over quite an area is affected.
15th April 2010 – Symonds Yat. A cold day which was generally overcast. The resident Peregrine were still active today with both birds flying or loafing on the cliffs. There appears to be no interest in one particular hole for nesting and from the fact that both birds were on view for most of the 1 hour and 35 minutes it would seem that eggs have not yet been laid.
I moved on to Boys Grave. With the cold weather, there were no butterflies seen all afternoon. Down at Cannop Ponds, I read the ring of the one footed Greylag Goose which appears to have been there for a year or two. The ring number is 5234008.
13th April 2010 – Ashleworth. Again the nagging cold north east wind was blowing but in spite of this there were birds to be seen even if this wind is holding up migration. Birds noted were 53 Teal, 12 Coot, 10 Shoveler, 21 Mallard, 11 Wigeon, the 2 injured Canada Geese, a Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swans with one on a nest and a drake Garganey. A second Mute Swan pair with a nest was on the reserve opposite Colways Farm. A Linnet was of note along Ham Road and up Stank Lane, a Curlew was heard and eventually seen on the reserve to the west of the wet field with the pylon in it (Field 21). No Lapwing (one seen later in front of hide) or Redstart were seen from the lane but a Blackcap was in full song by the first bend in the lane.
A walk from Cannop Stoneworks up around Barnhill Plantation and back down Bixslade Tramway was quiet although there were some singing Willow Warblers and apparently a lot of singing Chiffchaffs. A pair of Ravens were calling loudly over Spion Kop quarry.
12th April 2010 – Slimbridge. A fine day with a cool north east wind. I walked north up the canal and was overtaken by a martin species battling against the wind. A Green-veined White Butterfly along Green Lane was a first for the year. A Small Tortioseshell along the canal was good to see as I have already noted this species this year and last year I literally only had one or two sightings all year of this nationally declining species.
10th April 2010 – The warmest day of the year so far with the temperature reaching 20 deg. C. I walked some way up the River Wye from Lower Lydbrook. Orang-tip and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were the first of the year for me. There appeared to be many Pheasants in the fields surrounding the river and this suggested to me that there were many Pheasant shooting parties who frequent the area. Song included several Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs and a Tawny Owl was calling at 1255.
Nagshead for half an hour from 1730 had plenty of song around the woods.
9th April 2010 – A fine, warm day at Symonds Yat Rock. I was there between 1305 and 1645 and noted Goshawk, Kestrel, the two Peregrines and a House Martin flying north was a first for the year. No Sparrowhawk was seen today. The Peregrines made a kill during the afternoon. This was an unfortunate Stock Dove.
8th April 2010 – A sunny and mild day with the temperature reaching approximately 18 deg. C. I walked the region of the Forest of Dean from Boys Grave and Cannop Ponds. Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff were singing and a Tree Pipit was in an open area down from the car park where a Goshawk overflew. The Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit and a Blackcap were new species for the year as were butterfly species, Brimstone, Peacock and Comma.
7th April 2010 – Another stint at Symonds Yat between 1055 and 1355. There were sunny periods and one heavy shower. Still plenty of action with the Peregrines but there is still no sign of any egg laying and indeed of a choice of nest hole. They seem to be spending time in the right hand hole of both near cliffs. A Goshawk was noted in a tree on Coppet Hill for a while before it flew off.
Nagshead Reserve in the evening was quiet with Tawny Owls calling.
6th April 2010 – A fine and mild day. Two sessions at Symonds Yat between 1235 – 1400 and 1450 – 1700. There was plenty of action from the resident Peregrines. Sparrowhawk and Goshawk also noted today.
3rd April 2010 – An overcast day but heavy rain started at 1330. Until then, I had been at Symonds Yat from 1210. Upon arrival, there was no sign of the resident Peregrines but at 1213, both birds were observed high over Coppet Hill. A short time later, I counted no fewer than 15 Buzzards in the air at one time.
2nd April 2010 – Heavy rain in the morning and then showers in the afternoon (6 mm) when I went to Symonds Yat arriving at 1450. The two resident Peregrines were very active with many flights around the local area. Sand Martins were high over the river and just before I left at 1620, a Goshawk was over Coppet Hill.
1st April 2010 – A sunny and cold day at Symonds Yat but not long after I arrived at 1000, the clouds built up and some heavy rain and sleet showers set in. A report today of the resident female Peregrine being taken into care after being found injured, probably after a fight with another bird was significant to our observations. I had been thinking that the male was a different bird to last year in that he appears to be very dark and both him and the female over the past couple of days have been using different perches to last year suggesting that one if not both birds are newly resident this year. Now that this news has come, this seems to confirm that there has been a change of residency this year, at least in the case of the female. I may be able to prove that the male is new too as the bird last year was carrying a metal ring. I will be trying to see if this bird is unringed.
Meanwhile, today both birds were very active during the time that I was there between 1000 and 1145. Again as yesterday they were using new perching places including use of the Ash Tree in front of the nesting cliffs. Also of note today were 2 Goshawks interacting high over the summit of Coppet Hill.
I moved on to Nagshead and walked the long trail in intermittent rain and sleet and heavy snow showers. The snow did not settle. Of note on an otherwise quiet walk was a Goshawk over the long trail and near Nagshead Lodge, I flushed a Red-legged Partridge, the latter being an unusual find at this reserve.