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Chris Le Clare

Grwyne Fawr

Sun 14th May 2023

Main sighting: Garden warbler

3 singing male garden warblers – 2 along road west of Partrishow, another nearer Forest Coal Pit. Three more singing male tree pipits (Partrishrow area), four more singing male redstarts.

Chris Le Clare

Forest Coal Pit

Sun 14th May 2023

Main sighting: Spotted Flycatcher

Two singing males located a little to the north of Forest Coal Pit (road which follows Grwyne Fawr). Also pied flycatcher – 1 goldcrest -3 (territories) redstart – 3 singing males, tree pipit -1 willow warbler -2.

iain crawford


Sat 13th May 2023

Main sighting: Cuckoo

Male cuckoo heard calling

David and Aidan Lee

Beacon Hill

Sat 13th May 2023

Main sighting: Pied flycatcher

Walked the Duchess Ride Ramble in the afternoon. Recorded woodpigeon, buzzard, carrion crow, coal tit, blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, goldcrest, firecrest (two singing), treecreeper, wren, mistle thrush, song thrush, blackbird, spotted flycatcher (one), robin, dunnock, chaffinch, linnet, siskin, tree pipit (two singing), and male pied flycatcher (one singing from the tops of multiple conifers).

Keith Roylance

Blaen Bran Woodland, Cwmbran

Sat 13th May 2023

Main sighting: Whitethroat

A cool morning for the GOS walk in Blaen Bran Community Woodland with 12 members in attendance. Species noted were: Blackbird, Magpie, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Swallow, Robin, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Raven, Greenfinch, Blackcap, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Stonechat, Skylark, Mistle Thrush, Carrion Crow, Bullfinch.
A low total of 23 species compared to previous years of 30+.

Dr Tony Malone

St James' Pond, Tredegar

Sat 13th May 2023

Main sighting: Siskin

Eurasian Siskin on floor before flying up in tall pines on the up hill bank of the lake. Also seen: Coots (Nesting), Willow Warbler, Wrens, Blackbird, Robins, and Chaffinch

Mark Whitaker

Went Wood

Fri 12th May 2023

Main sighting: Wood Warbler

1 singing rather reluctantly. Other species of note 1 Tree Pipit, 5 Garden Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush plus 1 Firecrest. The latter species I have found on every visit to extensive woodland recently (including Forest of Dean and Berkshire as well as Gwent) – definitely no longer rare.

Allan Dowson


Tue 9th May 2023

Main sighting: Cuckoo

At least 2-Cuckoos, 3-Garden Warblers,2m-Redstarts,lots of Willow Warblers,2-Tree Pipits together,Wood Warbler trilling,Blackcaps singing and a yaffling Green Woodpecker.10h30-12h45.

Dr Tony Malone

St James Pond, Tredegar

Mon 8th May 2023

Main sighting: Grey Wagtails

Two Grey Wagtails looking splendid and larking about on the grass slope to the woodlands on the west side of the lake.

Bob Potter

South of Devauden

Sun 7th May 2023

Main sighting: Woodcock

Woodcocks ‘Roding’; Nightjars ‘Churring’, Tawny Owls Calling.

Allan Dowson


Sat 6th May 2023

Main sighting: Ruff

6-Ruff,3-Black Tailed Godwits,1m-Pintail(unusual on first lagoon),2adult-Black Headed Gulls all seen from first hide.Lapwing with 4 juveniles and another with 1 juvenile,Greylags with 4 young and 1f-Marsh Harrier,at least 20-Avocets mostly on first island.14h00-15h30.

Dr Tony Malone

Newport Wetlands RSPB

Fri 5th May 2023

Main sighting: Sedge Warbler

Two Sedge Warblers both hovering over reeds before dropping down. One resting on reed top briefly. Also sighted: Cetti’s Warbler, Common ChiffChaff, Wren, Robin, Blackbird and a fleeting Blackcap.

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