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30th September 2009
– Nagshead on a calm, mild morning with sunny
tillage is apparently yet more extensive.It was really calm and some of the brown falling leaves were dropping
into branches with green leaves on them and their journey to the ground being
interrupted at least temporarily.Along the long trail, the number of Grey Squirrels seems to be at an
all time high, sometimes they appeared three together.On the west of the reserve, there was a Hawfinch feeding in a Beech
tree.Later in the day around
lunchtime, there were at least 10 Pied Wagtails around RushyPen, some of these were
probably passage birds.At Middle
Point in the early afternoon, there were 4 Wigeon, 1 Pintail and Shelduck, Curlew, Black-headed Gulls,
Common Gulls, 4 Mute Swans and a Little Egret on the river.A Cetti’s Warbler was near the butterfly
garden and a Swallow was over Rushy Pen later.The afternoon sun was quite golden at Ashleworth
later in the day and into the early evening.From the hide, there were a Grey Heron, the 2 injured Canada Geese, 17 Mallard, 1 Common Snipe and a Buzzard on one of the
electricity pylons.Stank Lane was
very quiet as the sun went down.
September 2009 – Ashleworth on a
sunny and warm day with the temperature at at 20 deg. C..Viewing from
the hide, there was a Green Sandpiper on the scrape with 2 Common Snipe, a Grey Heron, 18 Mallard, 2 injured Canada Geese and overhead, there
was a strong hirundine passage with a Kestrel on one of the
electricity pylons.Along Stank Lane, there was the sad
sight of a dead Black Labrador dog in one of the
September 2009 – Nagshead RSPB
Reserve was quiet on a warm day but there were 3 Fallow Deer on the Long Trail
including a small juvenile.
September 2009 – A beautiful autumnal day but quite warm with the
temperature at 1300 being 17 deg. C..Ashleworth was quiet at first sight but there was a general
movement of small passerines to the south and some Swallows were on the move in
that direction also.From the hide
at 1300, there were the two usual injured Canada Geese with 19 Mallard on the scrape with
the first Teal and Wigeon of the autumn.A Grey Heron was also present
and this was probably the bird present two evenings ago.A Snipe appeared on the mud
on the far side of the scrape and much closer, a Chiffchaff was singing near
the copse.Along Dirty Lane, there was a Jay with two more seen
from the hide later in the afternoon.Along the footpath at the back of the reserve was a Small Copper Butterfly in pristine
condition.I walked up Stank Lane to the river and
then north along the river bank where there was a party of Long-tailed Tits.There was another flock of this species
in the northern part of Ham Road later.More Swallows were over the river
and there seemed to be Buzzard activity in all directions, the day being good for
soaring.A falcon species was
chasing, unsuccessfully, a small passerine when I was nearly back to the
hide.I only had a short glimpse of
the raptor but by its behaviour it may well have been a Hobby.Of note, a helicopter registration
G-RYZZ was low over Hasfield Ham and down to just a
few metres of altitude.
September 2009 – According to the Gloucester Weather Website,
today is the 21st day without measurable rain.
24th September 2009
– Ashleworth at 1800 with the sun setting
behind the hide.The 2
injured Canada Geese were present as
were 14 Mallard.A Kingfisher was flying around
the scrape and was seen to catch a small fish.A Grey Heron was looking for
fish, probably of a bigger dimension.
September 2009 – A day at Strumble
Head in west Wales.The wind wassouth west force when I did a sea watch from 1100 to 1525.It was incredibly quiet in terms of
birds.In fact, it was one of the
quietest sea watches that I have done.20 Common Scoters passed but only 1 Manx Shearwater and 2 Kittiwake.Although the shearwaters are departing
for their winter quarters, I was expecting to see many more.The easterly light winds of late have
probably contributed to the lack of seabirds.Along the coastal path to the east were
2 Chough.I noted a number of Gannets circling just
beyond Mackerel Rock.Porpoises seemed to b3e there
too.On a walk to the east and
overlooking the Rock at 1545, there were 2 or 3 Common Porpoises which were about
300m to the east of the Rock and not much further out than the tip of the
Rock.I have not seem
them continuously close like this before.At 1730, on my return walk, the cetaceans were still there.
September 2009 – A beautiful day with the temperature reaching
21 deg. C..Nagshead RSPB Reserve was very quiet this
morning and in the afternoon but I have noticed of late a great many Grey Squirrels.There is plenty of Robin song and of note
was a Swallow passing through Milkwall.
September 2009 – A warm and generally sunny day at Ashleworth where the temperature rose to 23 deg. C..2 Chiffchaffs were singing near Dirty Lane and I could hear a Hobby calling in the same
area.From the hide in the early
afternoon, there were the 2 injured Canada Geese, 2 Mallard and 2 Mute Swan.There has been a distinct lack of the
latter species around the reserve area all summer.A Great Spotted Woodpecker was in a large dead
tree on the Ham in front of Colways Farm.At least one, possibly more Chiffchaffwere
singing in Stank Lane.2 juvenile Hobby were also flying
around the lane area, one of them harassing a corvid.A Kestrel was in front of Colways Farm on my return and back at the hide, a Peregrine flew purposefully
across the southern part of the reserve.
September 2009 – Nagshead on an
overcast afternoon was very quiet.
15th September 2009
– Ashleworth.Quiet really, but 2 Hobby near Dirty Lane and from the hide,
the usual 2 Canada Geese, with 4 Mallard and a Grey Heron.Another 36 Canada Geeseoverflew,
as were some Swallows passing.There were no apparent House Martins around their nesting sites at Stonebow Farm.Several Chiffchaff were singing at
various points around the reserve and 2 Jay were in Stank Lane.
September 2009 – Swallows and House Martins were in numbers
around the tops of some of the big trees in Longhope
at 0800 this morning.At Slimbridge, it was the celebration of 100 years since the
birth of Sir Peter Scott.House Martins are still visiting
the nests around Rushy Pen.Along the canal, House Martins were also in
evidence around PatchBridge whereas to the
south, Swallows were passing through in numbers.A Mute Swan with orange darvic ‘H97’ was present and quite a number of Speckled Wood Butterflies were of note along
the towpath.Back at the Centre,
the Robbie Garnett Hide yielded 2 Black-tailed Godwits, whereas a Green Sandpiper, Common Snipe and female Kestrel were observed from
the HoldenTower.On SouthLake there was another Black-tailed Godwit and an Egyptian Goose.
13th September 2009
– Hirundines over Longhope
12th September 2009
– Ashleworth.A Wheatear was on the hay
bales opposite Colways Farm and later a female Kestrel was in the same
location and the Wheatear was still present.Along Stank Lane, there were two
singing Chiffchaffs and possibly one other.I watched a Peregrine arrive on the first
pylon north of Stank Lane and it immediately
began calling continuously.Several
Swallows were passing
through.From the hide, the 2
injured Canada Geese were still there
with 16 Mallard.
September 2009 – Today there was a Silver Y moth in my verandah.
September 2009 – Ashleworth in the
morning, which started with sunny periods but which became overcast.It was noted the the
hay in many of the fields have been extensively cut and the willow trees on the
island on the scrape have been cut down and opened up the area.It will be interesting to see if there
are any waders using this open and muddy area in the near future. On the edge
of the scrape were 4 juvenile Pied Wagtails looking very
washed out.The two injured Canada Geese were still there as
was a Grey Heron.A Kestrel was overhead and
being harried by a corvid and 2 Ravens were in the
distance.Along Stank Lane, there
were at least 3 Bullfinch and overhead there were ‘clouds’ of Swallows with an odd one or
two House Martins with them.
4th September 2009
– A day seawatching at Strumble
Head, near Fishguard between 0945 and 1530.It was generally sunny but breezy.Wind was NW backing W, force 6.Among the birds noted were the following
– 16 Arctic Skua, 13 Whimbrel, 103 Sandwich Tern, 13 Common Scoter, 5 Great Skua, 2 adult Sabine Gulls in breeding
plumage, 2 Black Tern, 10 unidentified small terns, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 PomarineSkua, 11 Arctic Tern, 1 juvenile Common Tern and a Sunfish.Along the coastal path to the east,
there were at least 6 Grey Seal in one of the bays, a number of Swallows in off the sea and
a Speckled Wood
butterfly was in a sheltered spot on the path with not a tree
September 2009 – Nagshead RSPB
Reserve was sunny with the odd shower.On the Gloucestershire
towards Cannop. There was a tit
flock comprising Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit and Marsh Tit.A Siskin was on the feeders
at the stone works and surprisingly there was a Pintail on the southern
pond.Many House Martins were wheeling
around the northern pond.
September 2009 – Slight rain this morning and in the woods
around the Nagshead RSPB Reserve it was quiet.
September 2009 – A day of showers and sunny periods.It was quiet in the woods at Nagshead RSPB Reserve with a Chaffinch flock of note.At Cannop
there were at least 10 Siskins on the feeders at
the stone works and on the outfall, a Dipper and a Grey Wagtail. One of the
wagtails that I have seen at this location has pure white tail feathers.It seems to have been a particularly
good year for Speckled Wood butterflies with many on the
wing again today.On a general
note, there is more wild boar tillage on many of the paths and it seems that
there in evidence of such within 50m to 100m of any location.
August 2009 – Nagshead RSPB
Reserve was under drizzle again.5 Siskins were on the feeders
at the Stoneworks at Cannop
and on the outfall at the back of the works, there were at least 2 Grey Wagtails.A Spotted Flycatcher was the highlight
of the walk over Crabtree Hill where the pink heather and yellow gorse were of stark
contrast with each other.A Bank Vole seemed unperturbed
by my presence on the lower part of the short trail back at Nagshead.At Crabtree Hill and at Cannop Ponds there were many Swallows hawking the many
insects on the wing on this damp and humid day.A passage methinks.
August 2009 – There were some what appeared to be passage House Martins over Longhope but in the drizzle at Nagshead
RSPB Reserve, the woodlands were quiet as expected and a Long-tailed Tit flock was the only
thing of note on this short visit.
August 2009 – Nagshead RSPB Reserve
was under sun and pleasantly cool.There was more evidence of Chaffinch flocks and the Wild
Boar have developed the mud wallow along the Gloucestershire
Way towards Cannop.
August 2009 – At Nagshead RSPB
Reserve, again in the late afternoon it was quiet again as expected but I did
find another flock of Chaffinch with some Song Thrush along the lower part
of the short trail.
August 2009 – At Nagshead RSPB
Reserve in the very late afternoon, the woods were quiet but there was more and
recent evidence of Wild Boar tillage including some in the car park.
August 2009 – A notable amount of rain today.
23rd August 2009
– British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland
Water.A warm day with a maximum temperature of 25 deg. C. and a strong
breeze.On lagoon one, there
were, Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Greenshank, Common Tern, Black-headed Gull,
Cormorant, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Mallard, Shoveler,
Teal andLittle Egret.These species were noted from the hides
that I visited which were, Tern, Harrier, Fieldfare and Gadwall Hides.There were many ‘blue’
damselflies around the tracks between the hides.At Eyebrook
Reservoir on the way home, I was lucky enough to see an Osprey catch a fish.There were also Greenshank, Dunlin and Hobby among the resident
August 2009 – At Nagshead RSPB
Reserve, it was a sunny day with the temperature at 22 deg.C. as recorded on the
Gloucester Birder Website.Around
the short trail between 0815 and 0845 there was a Chaffinch flock which was the
first congregation of this species that I have noted after the breeding season
August 2009 – At Cannop Ponds between 0940 and
1040 on a very warm and sunny day with a strong breeze, 4 Siskins were on the feeder
at the stone works and a Grey Wagtail was near the outfall of the southern lake.3 Buzzards were together over
the clearing at Russell’s Inclosure.At Nagshead at
lunchtime, it was fairly quiet but noteworthy were a party of Long-tailed Tits which crossed the
forestry track near Cleave Hill.
August 2009 – Fine, sunny and warm at SymondsYat between 1130 and 1445.There were many House Martins and other hirundines around the tops of the trees hawking insects and
the passage of these continued on a large scale.A Goshawk was seen but it was
distant.The highlight of the day
was a White Letter Hairstreak Butterfly on the Ivy on top of
the stone wall at the observation point at The Rock.Later a Peregrine flew in from the
north carrying prey with a large white feather trailing the unfortunate
animal.Later in the day at Nagshead, a walk down the Gloucestershire
Way towards Cannop
resulted in a flushed Woodcock.
August 2009 – An overcast start to the day.A flyover Grey Heron at Longhope was the opening species for the day and not long
after there were several tit species flying around the tops of the large trees
and the cause of this was clouds of insects high in the air around the same
RSPB Reserve, it was overcast but humid and not at all cold.The temperature ranged between 17 deg.
C. at 0930 and 22 deg. C. at 1700 although I was not at the reserve at the
latter hour.When I arrived, there
were approximately 50 Crossbills in the tall trees near the car park.Near the site of the old information
centre, a young, male, very dark Fallow Deer with single points
on his antlers appeared to be very tame.It is probably the same animal that I noted in the car park on 5th
August.Today it approached to
within 10m and continued to browse.There was more activity in the woods than of late but I was on site
somewhat earlier.Spotted Flycatcher and Bullfinch were in the heavily
laden Rowan Trees near where the short trail turns back
up the bank.Along the Gloucestershire
Way towards Cannop,
there was much recent evidence of Wild Boar digging.Surprisingly, the trail was very wet
with running water even though it has not rained for 6 days.Some Sand Martins were over the
southern pool at Cannop and the one-footed Greylag Goose was present.I last saw this individual at the pool
by the information centre at Nagshead.6 Siskins were on the feeder
at the stone works and at the run off behind the works there was a Dipper, 3 Grey Wagtails and a Goldfinch.At the Lower Hide, there was a Kingfisher which caught 3 fish
in the hour that I was there and also present in a dead tree were 3 Stock Doves and a male Great Spotted Woodpecker. The highest
temperature recorded on the Gloucester Weather Website today was 23.9 deg. C..
August 2009 – Slight drizzle on and off all day.There was more evidence of Wild Boar at Nagshead since yesterday with more tillage being noted.
August 2009–A fine and dry day.Again it was quiet in the woods at Nagsheadbut Swallowwere passing overhead on
Woods.A short visit revealed that
the hide has been demolished as expected to make way for a different and new
model.A Chiffchaff, possibly more than
one, was foraging in the newly cut brash.At Ashleworth, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff were in the hedge
opposite the hide and there appeared to be at least 4 individuals.A short visit to Nagshead
later in the day was a quiet one again.
August 2009 – A fine, sunny and warm day.A short visit to Nagshead
RSPB Reserve resulted as expected in not much movement in the woods.
6th August 2009
– Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire.I seawatchedbetween 1150
and 1530.A total of 79 Common Scoters passed, the groups
being made up of 12, 8, 10, 12, 6, 7 and 24.The appeared to be a considerable White
Butterfly passage, the majority of them being Large White.There were many Painted Lady Butterflies along the coastal
path to the east of the Head later in the day.A Curlew passed.Afine day.
August 2009 – Overnight rain amounted to another 6mm, as
recorded on the Gloucester Weather Website, leading to a fine but humid
at 0900 there was a very dark Fallow Deer in the car park which jumped the fence with ease from
a standing start.I checked for
more Helleborines in the area that I found the one on
3rd August but found none.A quiet day in the woods.
August 2009 – Rain nearly all day with 10mm of rain
recorded on the Gloucester Weather Website.
August 2009 – Nagshead was quiet
in the woods just after lunch and rain came on during the afternoon.I found a Broad-leaved Helleborine in the Forest. This was quite a
dark red individual which some books consider quite rare.
August 2009 – A flyover Grey Heron was of note at Longhope and there was an August Swift.
August 2009–Rain just after dawn but clearing
through during the afternoon.A
juvenile Green Woodpecker was on the lawn
in Longhope and a similar at Gorsty
Knoll later in the day.Possibly
three different Lesser Black-backed Gulls with darvic rings were near the GloucesterRoyalHospital.A long dead one in a side street did not
have any rings on.
31th July 2009 – A dry
day until the evening and then fairly wet.
July 2009 – A generally dry day with a Dun-bar
moth in the veranda in the daylight.
July 2009 – A day of heavy rain with 30mm recorded on the
Gloucester Weather Website.
27th July 2009
Centre of Wales. It was quiet on
the wildlife front but there was much evidence of Swifts overhead and in
the large glasshouse there is a colony of House
Sparrows which was nice to see as this is a declining species.
Nagshead RSPB Reserve in the evening was quiet as expected.
July 2009 – Damp day with some rain and 3mm of rain was
recorded on the Gloucester Weather Website.
25th July 2009
– A fine and sunny day.At FoxesBridge general area in
the Forest of Dean, I went looking
for butterflies.15 species were
Large White, Green-veined White, Peacock, Painted Lady, Comma, Meadow Brown,
Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Silver-washed Fritillary,
Ringlet, Small Skipper, Small White, Gatekeeper and Red
highlight was of a Painted Lady caterpillar on Ragwort.There were many pristine Painted Lady
butterflies on the wing today. Odonata included, Emperor Dragonfly, Emerald
Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Common Darter
and Golden-ringed Dragonfly.A Green
Sandpiper was flushed from on of the pools.Evidence of nearby breeding included a
juvenile Tree Pipit which could only
just fly but with an adult in attendance and a juvenile Green
Near Boys Grave there was a Fallow Deer, Slow Worm and a
July 2009 – At Nagshead, it was
very quiet in the woods in the late afternoon/early evening.
July 2009 – Some showers again today at Nagshead where it was very quiet in the woods and very wet
underfoot.Highlight of the day was
of a Poplar Hawk Moth on the gatepost
by the information centre.
22nd July 2009 – Some
showers today at Nagshead and Crossbills were heard overflying several times during the day.
21st July 2009
- Very heavy rain for most of the day with 15mm of rain noted on the Gloucester
Weather Website. I did some scrub clearance at Highnam
in readiness for the new bird hide and noted more than 50 Swifts overhead at one
time and throughout the day from 1045 and 1645 there were more of this species
passing through. A Southern Hawker Dragonfly seemed
very torpid near the pond in the heavy rain.
20th July 2009 - Nagshead this morning and the third butterfly life tick was
notched up when I saw a White Admiral Butterfly fly along the
scrub at the back of the layby opposite the stone
works. There were a large number, probably the largest in any one day, of Silver-washed
Fritillaries along the cycle track to the east of the two Cannop Ponds. At least 3 Grey
Wagtails were near Cannop Marsh. I
received a report today that one of the four Pied
Flycatchers fledged from box 96. It is not the
best weather with all of this rain for a newly fledged bird. Let us hope that
it survives and returns next year when its ring will show whether this bird
19th July 2009 - Nagshead RSPB Reserve was very wet underfoot between 1810
and 1915. It was quiet in the woods which refects
both the time of the day and the season.
18th July 2009 - 9mm of rain
today bringing the total amount over the past 3 days to 39mm as logged on the
Gloucester Weather Website. The woods at Nagshead
RSPB Reserve were quiet as expected in the afternoon. Westonbirt
in the evening was similarly quiet.
2009 - Very heavy rain again this morning with 13mm of
rain logged on the Gloucester Weather Website. A Red
Kite drifted over Longhope at
0950. At least 40 Swifts over Cannop Ponds this evening at 2020. I had noted
various hirundines, Swallows and House
Martins wheeling around and calling in several locations
including ParkendVillage at 1830. The
only bird present on the feeders at the stone works was a male Siskin and a Grey Wagtail was as usual on Cannop Marsh. 3 Glow-worms were present
around the information centre this evening but they were very intermittent with
their light and extinguished themselves readily. Two satellites passed over Nagshead with the Milky Way being easily viewed as was
Jupiter which was very bright on the southern horizon and the 4 moons were
easily visible in the binoculars. A superb crescent moon rose over the
Cotswolds at about 0130.
16th July 2009 - Heavy rain
from mid-afternoon with 17mm of rain logged on the Gloucester Weather Website.
14th July 2009
- Nagshead RSPB Reserve in showery weather.Southern Hawker
Dragonfly along the Gloucestershire
fighting with another for territory.2 dead Moles also. Did these
succomb to the wet weather?
13th July 2009
- Nagshead RSPB Reserve at 1130 in heavy showers. At box 96, the female Pied
Flycatcher was still at box 96, going in and
out occasionally. At one point, she removed a faecal sac which proves two
things, firstly that the young are alive and that they are being fed. The Rowan
trees are showing colour in their berries and it looks like
they will have a 'bumper' crop this year.
12th July 2009
- A dry day generally. At Nagshead
RSPB Reserve in the afternoon, the male and female Pied
Flycatcherwere in attendance at box 96. The female was
perched close by the box at one point and giving a single note alarm call.
Another, unidentified bird nearby was also giving an alarm call. The reason was
a Grey Squirrel which climbed
the back of the tree holding the box. The female Pied Flycatcher 'chased' it up
the tree and out of sight. The Pied Flycatcher chicks must be 13 days old today
and thus they should fledge within the next three days.
11th July 2009 - Heavy rain in
the afternoon and particularly into the evening resulted in 9mm of rain being
recorded according to the Gloucester Weather Website.
10th July 2009 - A dry day with
sunny periods until early evening when there was a sprinkling of very light
rain. Another day at Daneway Banks
and Siccaridge Wood. The butterfly list today
was the same as last Friday with the exception of Painted Lady, White-letter
Hairstreak and Common Blue but there were in addition, Small
Skipper and Essex
Skipper and thus there were 15 species of butterfly noted
today. A Chiffchaff was also singing
9th July 2009 - Nagshead on a dry but overcast day. There were many
butterflies around the reserve where we were putting in 4 more benches.
8th July 2009 - An overcast
but dry day at Highnam Woods RSPB Reserve. There were
many butterflies along the rides including a number of Large
Whites and Ringlets. A Chiffchaff was singing.
7th July 2009 - Very heavy showers today with 6mm of
rain noted on the Gloucester Weather Website and a total of 14mm from the same
source over the last 3 days.
4th July 2009 - SymondsYat and the Peregrines were perched up
in sight of the viewpoint for most of the morning. A sunny
and fresher day than of late.
3rd July 2009 - I went to Daneway Banks and Siccaridge Wood
in the Cotswolds today. It was overcast at first but then sunny periods
developed but it was breezy. I failed to find a Large Blue Butterfly but
nevertheless, 16 species were noted. They were, Silver-washed
Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, Comma, Ringlet, Small Heath, Large
Skipper, Painted Lady, Gatekeeper, Large White and Common
Blue, and then in the woods and canal area, Speckled
Wood, Green-veined White, Small White, Red Admiral and White-letter
Hairstreak. Orchids on Daneway Banks included,Pyramidal, Bee and Common
Spotted. A cooler and fresher day with the temperature on the
Gloucester Weather Website having a maximum of 25.4 deg. C..
2nd July 2009 - It was very
hot again today with the temperature at 0930 being 21 deg. C..
31.5 deg. C. was the highest temperature for the day recorded on the Gloucester
Weather Website. I went to the area of Cannop Ponds
to look for White-legged Damselflies near the stoneworks
but I did not find any. Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Large Red and Beautiful
Demoiselle Damselflies were present as was a pair of Grey
1st July 2009 - It was very
hot today, in fact it was the hottest day of the year
so far. The temperature on the Gloucester Weather Website reached 31.6 deg. C.. I was working at Nagshead RSPB
Reserve helping to install a bike rack. There were two Red
Admiral Butterflies around the information centre for most of the
morning. Other sightings included Red Fox and Fallow
Deer along the forestry tracks near where I was helping to
put in a bench. A general note for the past few days is of parties of Swifts screaming around
several locations including Longhope village.
I was informed today that the Pied Flycatchers in box 96 have hatched
their four eggs yesterday.