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Sightings

Neville James Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 11th May 2024

Main sighting: Garganey

En-route to hides – collard dove, linnets, pheasant, wren, blackcap, woodpigeons, blackbirds, whitethroat, crows, moorhen, cettis calling, chiffchaffs, heron, blue tits, jackdaws, mallards and dunnock. Hide one – pair of garganey were the highlight of the visit, greylags (with goslings), 5 shelduck, 16 avocet, meadow pipits, stonechat (male only), skylarks, 2 knot in breeding plumage, 1 bar-tailed and 64 black-tailed godwits, coot, 2 lt egrets, Canada geese, 10 redshanks, herring gull, 2 gadwall, 3 dunlin, gt tit, 4 lapwing, pied wagtail, gt black-backed gull, 3 sand martins, 2 shoveler, 5 swallows, cormorant, 2 ringed plovers and 1 lt ringed plover. Goldfinches, ls black-backed gulls and reed warbler singing en-route to platform. Snipe platform – 32 mute swans )my highest count here), 2 pairs lt grebes, 1 black-headed gull, 5 males and 2 female tufted ducks. Seawall – single whimbrel only. Hide three – 2 oystercatchers, 3 more singing reed warblers, 24 more avocet, 4 more shoveler, wigeon pair, pintail pair, reed bunting and a buzzard. Other: orange tip butterflies and hairy dragonfly.

Graham Agg

The Narth

Thu 9th May 2024

Main sighting: Swifts

Swifts heard but not seen mid afternoon, previously seen by neighbor high over head on 7th May.

Ryan Oliver

Goldcliffe Lagoons

Wed 8th May 2024

Main sighting: Lapwing

My first visit to Goldcliffe. Visited all hides and platforms. Birds seen avocet, coot, Canada goose, greylag goose, lapwing, tufted duck, grey heron, mallard duck, little egret, cormorant and oystercatcher. A few other birds seen that I could not identify, maybe next time

Mark Whitaker

Beacon Hill, Trellech

Tue 7th May 2024

Main sighting: Tree Pipit

At least one male singing/displaying another probably different bird seen on the ground, also 4 singing Garden Warblers, 2 singing Whitethroats, Linnet song heard, 1 male Stonechat, at least 1 singing Firecrest nearby. Merlin said there was a Skylark but there definitely wasn’t.

Mark Whitaker

Trellech Woods

Tue 7th May 2024

Main sighting: Wood Warbler

2 birds calling close together where there were 3 singing males last year. Brief trilling song heard – so at least one a male.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Machen

Tue 7th May 2024

Main sighting: Garden Warbler

A Garden Warbler heard and seen trees by the river. Sand Martin 20, not seen entering the newly installed nest boxes on the retaining wall.

bob.potter

South of Devauden

Mon 6th May 2024

Main sighting: Woodcock

Woodcock Roding; Nightjar churring (1); Snipe drumming (1); Tawny Owls calling (two males, one female).

Neville James

Ystrad Mynach

Mon 6th May 2024

Main sighting: Late Swift sighting

Late sighting record for May 1st around 16.45 hrs, single Swift over Ystrad Mynach. Also, May 4th around 10.45 hrs, Tawny Owl calling three times form a garden in Machen.

Mark Whitaker

Hoaldalbert near Grosmont

Mon 6th May 2024

Main sighting: Tree Pipit

Singing and displaying near lane, also Grey Wagtail on house roof, Linnet song and House Martins and Swallows finally present in numbers around breeding sites.

Andy Smith

Tumble, Blorange Mnt

Mon 6th May 2024

Main sighting: Cuckoo

A quick evening walk. 2 mail cuckoos first I’ve seen this year. Good numbers of linnets and meadow pipits and stonechats 1 kestrel and buzzard.

Chris Dyson

Deri, Abergavenny

Mon 6th May 2024

Main sighting: Pied Flycatcher

6 (5 male) Pied Flycatcher in the oak woods (pair prospecting nest hole) and similar number Redstart this afternoon (no Wood Warbler though perhaps too late in the day), Treecreeper nest building. On the open hill / ffridd, 2 male Whinchat and good numbers (well into double figures) of Tree Pipit, Skylark, Wiillow Warbler, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit. A few Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoo. Woodland edge: 3 Garden Warblers, 1 Redpoll.

Ruth Brown

St Mary's Vale and Rholben, Abergavenny

Sun 5th May 2024

Main sighting: Wood Warbler

Several territories of Wood Warbler, Tawny Owl, numerous Tree Creepers, Song Thrush and Mistle, many Gt Spotted Woodpeckers. Far too many Squirrels, and surprisingly 2 Roe Deer. On the Rholben ridge, Cuckoo, Willow Warbler, Common Redstart, Skylark, Tree Pipit. I used to see Yellowhammer here.

Next event

May
26
Sun
2024
8:30 am Outdoor meeting Trellech Heaths @ Trellech Heaths
Outdoor meeting Trellech Heaths @ Trellech Heaths
May 26 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Meet at Ninewells Car Park  SO 51495 03853 at 08:30 Moderate 2-3 hour walk