Yesterday was a beautiful golden day. Walked up through Castle Woods to Flagpole hill as it was a lovely evening for some views across the valley- left to the Wentwood ridge, straight ahead down the Usk valley to Newport and right, across the hills to Abergavenny.
Lots of Robin song in the woods ,and saw a couple of migrating Swallows flying overhead. Also there was a loud bunch of starlings roosting in a bare tree.
Although the valley still looks green , the leaves are starting to turn colour, lots of Oak leaves have fallen to the floor already.
Today, a completely different day with a misty grey start that lasted all day- the last day of September. I always think that this really marks the end of Summer and that Autumn starts in earnest in the the next month-October.
On the brook was delighted to see that the lone kingfisher has now been joined by another one- a pair back on the brook at last! The river too was a hive of activity with lots of noisy mallards and at least twenty swans.
Some days in and around the Usk Valley in September.