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Sightings

Ian Smith

Tuesday, 13 May 2003

Cwmbran

Main Sighting:
Monday 12th May. Hobby over County Hall, Cwmbran at 2.10pm. Then a very probable Honey Buzzard, mobbed by Rooks whilst struggling west over A449/A40 intersection around 5.45pm. Passage bird linked to erratic winds and rain showers of the day ?
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Darren Hughes

Tuesday, 13 May 2003

Monmouth

Main Sighting:
Hobby hunting Martins again over Monmouth School 4 Boys this afternoon are they breeding locally??
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Keith Jones

Friday, 09 May 2003

Usk

Main Sighting:
Although this is my third Atlas involvement since the BTO UK Atlas of 1968 - 1972 you always learn something new. Not only is it advisable to visit the same locality to confirm the presence of a singing bird, but a several visits can be very useful. I was visiting one of my tetrads at the Moorings today (9.5.03) to follow up singing Reed Warblers, and Skylark, but added both Reed Bunting, and Meadow Pipit to the square also. It only took five visits to locate them! Also on the River Usk in the company of 13 Mute Swan, a single Chinese Goose.); insert into sightings values (
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Darren Hughes

Wednesday, 07 May 2003

Monmouth

Main Sighting:
Buzzard,Goshawk,Sparrowhawk & Hobby all over Monmouth town center in the space off 10 minutes now thats quite impressive!!
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Keith Jones

Wednesday, 07 May 2003

Llandegfedd Reservoir

Main Sighting:
Walked most of Llandegfedd Reservoir today (7.5.03), counting all birds seen, or heard, and netting 46 species. 59 Great Crested Grebe, including 1 young bird, and 2 on the nest (on), 3 Mute Swan (1on), 42 Canada Geese, including 4 chicks, and 2 on,. 24 + 1 on Coot, 2 Tufted Duck, 17 Mallard, plus 6 chicks, 3 Moorhen, 4 Cormorant, 19 Grey Heron, 19 Wood Pigeon, 3 Jay, 5 Raven, 3 Buzzard one of which was being mobbed by a single Lesser Black Backed Gull. Also the following number of birds singing: 20 Wren, 9 Dunnock, 13 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 14 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 13 Blue Tit, 8 Great Tit, 5 Long Tailed Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 14 Robin, 18 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Reed Bunting. Finally 1 singing Pied Flycatcher.
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Eddie Wang

Wednesday, 07 May 2003

Peterstone Gout

Main Sighting:
Peterstone Gout - 6th May, 0900-1020. Unexpectedly high tide. 12 Whimbrel, 1 Little Egret (flew east), Great Crested Grebe still present.
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Steve Butler & Rob Mu ller

Sunday, 04 May 2003

Abergavenny

Main Sighting:
4 May 2003 8.00 am - 10.30 am Castle Meadows Abergavenny 2 pr Kingfisher 1 pr dipper with chicks 1 pr Common Sandpiper 1 pr Grey Wagtail 3 Mandarin duck 1 Goosesander with 7 ducklings 1 Oyster Catcher 1 pr Buzzard with Goshawk Good variety of birds in such a small area. ); insert into sightings values (
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Steve Butler

Saturday, 03 May 2003

St Mary's Vale

Main Sighting:
Dawn Chorus St Mary'ss Vale. (05:30 - 10:30hrs) Extremely productive meeting for the early birds of the Gos society. 43 species observed during the walk. During the walk in Woodland, Mounting and moorland habitats the following species were recorded. 3 Redstart,4 Cuckkoo, 1 pair Pied Flycatchers, Nuthatch, Song & Mistle Thrush, Great & Green Woodpeckers, Buzzard, Kestrel, Goldcrest, Linnet, 3 Yellow Hammers, Willow & Garden Warblers, Chiffchaff, Dunnock, Meadow & Tree Pipit, Wood pigeon, Jackdaw, Swift, Swallow, Bullfinch, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wood Warbler, Skylark, Chaffinch, Robin, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Raven, Great & Blue Tit, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, Heron, Sparrowhawk, Wren, Magpie, Ferrel Pigeon. The highlight of the walk was spectacular views of singing Grasshopper Warbler, excluding George & John (Grip Grip). Thanks to Dawn for providing breakfast. ); insert into sightings values (
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Helen Parry Jones

Saturday, 03 May 2003

Gwent

Main Sighting:
Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) visit to ST3495 (Llandegvedd Village), 06:59-08:43, 3rd May 2003. Fairly quiet, 26 species recorded but surprisingly no Buzzards, Ravens, Gulls or Swallows. However these omissions were more than compensated for by extremely close, and therefore good, views of male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming. This is the first time I have registered this bird on my BBS survey since 1994, though I have encountered it on 2 of my winter farmland bird surveys. It was also good to register 4 Lapwings this year. Three were recorded in 1995, nothing then until 6 in 2002 in a different farmer'ss field. This year'ss birds are in the same fields (maize) as last year'ss. The fields have been ploughed and planted, so hopefully they will be successful if they can avoid predation by crows and gulls. I trust the early visit to St Mary'ss Vale was productive
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Jeff Fisher

Friday, 02 May 2003

St Mary's Vale

Main Sighting:
St. Mary'ss Vale - Missed male Bullfinch from yesterdays sightings list.
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