Walked right up to the top, and along the ridge of the Flood route, where there were some beautiful views across the valleys to Abergavenny and Monmouth, still snow on the hills. It remains very cold and the hedgerows have been slowed in their spring blossoming because of it, the birds too after their initial enthusiasm seem to have gone a little quiet. Plenty of buzzards about, some are pairing off. The buzzards really define this valley I think, they are abundant in the woodlands and their cries which sound a bit like a cat mewing,echo across the valleys below. I love to watch groups of them circling high up in a blue sky on a summers day, and wherever I hear them, in other parts of Britain or abroad, I'm immediately transported back to the Usk valley.
The Buzzards- Martin Armstrong.