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Chris and Theresa Stone


Tue 12th May 2020

Main sighting: Swallow

We had a strange sighting on Tuesday of a Swallow that seemed to be in juvenile plumage, It was first considered that it could be a hybrid, but others have now put forward the idea that it was a juv/winter plumage bird, whose plumage is somehow stunted (apparently similar seen in south Africa). The jury is still out at the moment. Managed to get some snatched photos it of perched on a telegraph wire. Could still be around.

Also 2 Com sand + 2 Whimbrel +5 Mute swans.

Blair Jones

Jerusalem Lane, New Inn

Tue 12th May 2020

Main sighting: Swifts

On Tuesday evening there was a flock of approximately 30 Swallows, House Martins and Swifts ( at least 5 seen).

They all appeared to have found a good concentration of airborne insects to feed on and were flying at various heights above the fields and the junction with Golf Road.

This locality seems to be a hotspot for hirundines.

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Tue 12th May 2020

Main sighting: Curlew

Tally of 31 species on my morning walk. Heard Curlew call. Two Cuckoos calling in traditional sites. Redstart catching flies like Spotted Flycatcher. Tree Pipit display flight.

David Hathaway

Llanishen NP16

Mon 11th May 2020

Main sighting: Yellow wagtail

A yellow wagtail was on Crumbland Farm field,also 2 swifts flew over house this morning.
One pair of house martins have started to build on house but no take up of the concrete HM nest boxes yet

Verity Picken


Sun 10th May 2020

Main sighting: Marsh Tit

Marsh Tit on my morning walk.

Blair Jones

Mountain above the Folly Pontypool

Sat 9th May 2020

Main sighting: Cuckoo

Cuckoo calling just above the farm near the old Roman Road by the Folly area just after dawn.
Skylarks in abundance, Meadow Pipits, Wheatear and Starlings. Other species seen enroute – Pied Wagtails, Stonechat,Carrion Crows in good numbers, Chiff Chaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcaps , Lesser Black Backed Gulls and Buzzard.

Mark Davies

St Marys Vale

Sat 9th May 2020

Main sighting: Yellowhammer

Single Yellowhammer , several Wood & Willow Warblers , 3=4 Whinchats , several singing Skylarks and Meadow Pipits , a single Tree Pipit , a Red Kite and a couple of Ravens this afternoon .
Earlier in the week 3 Pied Flycatchers (2m & 1f) , a pair of Garden Warblers and a Wheatear .

Mark Whitaker

High Meadow Woods near Grosmont

Sat 9th May 2020

Main sighting: Common Crossbill

Heard calling in conifers by B4347, also Cuckoo calling (heard in England earlier), 6 singing Redstarts in vicinity, 1 Garden Warbler in song, House Martins nesting at Whitehouse Cottage.

Chris Hatch

Cwmsychan reservoir

Fri 8th May 2020

Main sighting: Grasshopper Warbler

Grasshopper Warbler at Cwmsychan reservoir near British. Also Whinchat, Wheatear, Redstart, Tree Pipits, 2 Cuckoos, 2 Peregrines, Green Hairstreak butterflies and St. Mark’s Flies.
At British, Whitethroat.
At Blaenserchan, Dingy Skipper butterfly.

Adrian & Charlotte Edwards

Coedkernew to Marshfield

Fri 8th May 2020

Main sighting: Red kite; sedge warbler

Reed bunting; reed warbler; sedge warbler (2), willow warbler (heard); pair stonechat; whitethroat – several; blackcap; 3 linnet; 3 red kite – first time we’ve ever seen them down here; buzzard; GS woodpecker; etc – 28 in all.

Iain Crawford


Fri 8th May 2020

Main sighting: Garden warbler

Wye valley walk , garden warbler, greenfinch, great spotted woodpecker on fenceposts, whitethroat, goldfinch. Old station, garden warbler. Monnow, 3 grey wagtail, 6 swifts, greenfinch song thrush. Drybridge Park, heron, 2 goldfinch, 2 dunnock fledglings

Richard Hardaker

twmbarlwm above henllys

Thu 7th May 2020

Main sighting: cuckoo

Cuckoo heard and seen twmbarlwm on the 7th and also on machen on the 14th

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