Twenty years ago
Tag: bird notes
Through images on TV, the Osprey is a familiar bird plunging into water and rising with a fish in its talons. It is a fish-eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. In the tropics and sub-tropics it is resident. The European population migrates to Africa after breeding.
On the higher ground the rain was almost unprecedented, causing road closures and flooding. It was the wettest month of the year. Some sand martin colonies were washed away. Towards the end of the month there was more than a hint of the approach of autumn.
In comparison to June, the mean temperature of July was two degrees warmer. In comparison to last July the mean temperature was similar but the rainfall was 50 per cent more. The rain this year was concentrated in fewer days and 20 days in July had less than 0.2mm of rain. Generally, the month was warm and settled.