Diary - July to September 2007

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29th September 2007 - Ashleworth. A passage of hirundines and pipits continued into the afternoon. 6 Teal, 13 Mallard, 2 Wigeon, 1 each of Moorhen, Peregrine, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker

25th September 2007 to 27th September 2007 were spent at Strumble Head where I did some seawatching. Highlights were Leach's Petrel and Sabine's Gull

23rd September 2007 - At Parkend, there were 23 Pied Wagtails on the cricket pitch and a passage of hirundines over the village.

22nd September 2007 - Ashleworth. Birds noted today were, 15 Mallard, 2 Canada Geese (injured) and one each of Shoveler, Wigeon, Coot, Grey Heron, Buzzard and Moorhen. Along Stank Lane, 2 Jay, a Wheatear in field 24, 2 Raven, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel and another Wheatear. A small hirundine passage to the south was noted.

16th September 2007 - Sunny and breezy at Ashleworth. During a short visit, 2 Teal, 3 Mallard, 2 Canada Geese and a Wigeon were noted. Three of the largest trees in the area of the hide were measured for the Woodland Trust project. They were located about 10m from the hide door, another 50m to the north which is near the western boundary of the copse and the third is at the southern end of the copse by the first field gate. All measurements have been submitted to this project.

15th September 2007 - Sunny, cool and calm in the morning at Ashleworth. Another casualy of the big flood was noted today at the back of the reserve along the public footpath where there are hundreds of small, dead snails in the remaining puddles from the big flood. Birds seen today were 2 Canada Geese, 4 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 3 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Kestrel, 7 Mallard, 3 Mute Swans (1 juvenile), 3 Jay, 2 Whinchat (first of the autumn), 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Lapwing and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

11th September 2007 - A very short visit to Ashleworth revealed a Hobby.

4th September 2007 to 7th September 2007, I was seawatching at Strumble Head in Pembrokeshire. The highlight of this trip was of a Sooty Shearwater and Sabines Gull on the morning of 4th September and in the afternoon on the ferry to Rosslare a pod of 12 Risso's Dolphins.

1st September 2007 - Mild, overcast and calm at Ashleworth. 15 Mallard, 2 injured Canada Geese, 1 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 3 Hobby including one juvenile, the latter species on a pylon near Dirty Lane. A Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and a Chiffchaff were in the hedge between fields 26 and 23. 2 adult Mute Swans with 5 cygnets were also in the Hasfield Ham area, a Wheatear was in field 27 and a Jay was in Stank Lane.

25th August 2007 - Ashleworth where it was sunny and warm. 26 Mallard (a good number for the time of year), 4 Moorhen and a Grey Heron were present. A Mute Swan with 5 cygnets and a Redstart were present at the top of Dirty Lane.

8th August 2007 to 11th August 2007 and again from 21st August 2007 to 24th August 2007, I was out of the county again in Pembrokeshire seawatching.

7th August 2007 - Ashleworth was sunny. 5 Mallard, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Raven and 90 Starling were present. Also there were an amazing 60 Grey Heron and 11 Cormorant. These birds were fishing and having a feast on the many fish stranded in the lowering waters after the big flood.

6th August 2007 - Ashleworth after the big flood was a mess with rotting vegetation which gave a powerful odour. The grass and other plants on the reserve are dead and matted down. The hedgerows are dead and the dried out leaves crumble in the fingers. There is debris lying on top of the hedges as left when the floods went down. The water reached the left front leg of the hide in the copse at Ashleworth. Another measure of the depth was that the tide line came in between the last small post and the first tall post on the path with handrail up to the hide. Any car parked at the hide would have been completely submerged. This was a bigger flood than the record breaking one in 1947. This is born out by the markers at The Boat public house where the level reached above the doorways of the outbuildings. Today, there were 19 Cormorant and a Great Crested Grebe on a fleeting visit.

18th July 2007 - Ashleworth. The weather was cool with a light breeze and sunny periods. There was much more water than on Saturday (14th) with the top of Stank Lane flooded. 6 dead big fish could be seen from the hide. Birds included 4 Grey Heron, Coot, Cormorant, 13 Mallard, 2 Buzzard, a Stock Dove and a Moorhen. A Dipper was at Cannop Ponds.

10th July 2007 to 13th July 2007 I was out of the county sea watching at Strumble Head.

8th JUly 2007 - It was a bright and cool day and along the drive to Nagshead RSPB Reserve there were 2 Blackcap. A Dipper and Grey Wagtail were at the stone works at Cannop.

7th July 2007 - At Cannop Ponds there were 3 Buzzard. I moved on to Ashleworth where I walked the public footpath from Hasfield village to Colways Farm. There were 2 Buzzard, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet and 50 Starling.

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