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Sightings

Chris Stone

Sudbrook

Sun 21st Jun 2020

Main sighting: Seabirds

I done a bit of a sea-watch on the Severn from my home yesterday, raising my bins I picked up what looked like a small tern flying west, it was quite dark the wings appeared greyish , and flying with it’s wings folded back in the manner of a Swallow, unfortunately I did not get it in my scope, and then I lost it behind some trees. I picked it up again flying away from me and then it was gone, As it was morning the light was coming at me. I am wondering if it could have been a Black tern? but will have to just dismiss it as one that got away. To cap all I later I had what was certainly three comic terns flying n/w but picked them up to late to be certain. there was a Scoter though which was probably two. Oh well

Andrew & Janet Cormack

Honddu valley

Sat 20th Jun 2020

Main sighting: Spotted Flycatcher

36 species on a long walk from home to Strawberry Cottage Wood and back. Highlight a Spotted Flycatcher in a tree by the Honddu

Verity Picken

Llanbadoc

Fri 19th Jun 2020

Main sighting: Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper, Mandarin pair, Goosander with six well-grown young, Kingfisher and Garden Warbler seen but missed the reported Yellow Wag feeding four young and a Cuckoo.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Parc Penallta

Wed 17th Jun 2020

Main sighting: Grey Heron

A Grey Heron had three Roach about four inches long in its bill. It dropped two, swallowed one and then re-caught the other two one by one and swallowed them. Never seen a Grey Heron with a multiple catch before. Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler singing and a Whitethroat seen. Dragonflies: Golden-ringed and Broad-bodied Chaser Azure Blue Damselfly.

Chris Stone

Sudbrook

Tue 16th Jun 2020

Main sighting: Med gull

1st summer bird flying west
c 25 BH gulls

Chris & Theresa Stone

Magor marsh

Mon 15th Jun 2020

Main sighting: Breeding birds

As we have been on lockdown have not caught up with many of the summer breeders, so was pleased see Reed and Sedge warblers in good numbers, with great views of three well grown fledgling Sedge warblers, sat side by side completely unperturbed by us. If only I’d had a camera with me! Also a single Whitethroat singing out from a perch on a tree. Will bring our own seats to the hide next time as it is backbreaking otherwise! Good numbers of Little egret and several Chiffs singing. One funny thing was that the Welsh government allows us a limit of 5 miles, our journey was 4.9

Mark Whitaker

Skenfrith

Sun 14th Jun 2020

Main sighting: Yellowhammer

2 singing males, one just N of village, second near Trevonny. Also 5 Redstarts and possible Raven breeding territory in woods at Coed-y-pwll.

Blair Jones

Mynydd Twyn-Glas Pontypool

Sat 13th Jun 2020

Main sighting: Linnets and Lesser Redpoll etc

The gorse habitat at Penyreheol and the surrounding mountain moorland has been full of birds – Stonechats, Willow Warblers, Linnets, Lesser Redpolls, Bullfinches, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Wheatear and Reed Bunting. Also Magpies, Jackdaws, Carrion Crow, Buzzard, Raven and Lesser Black Backded and Herring Gulls.
The male Linnets and Redpols have been looking particularly colourful.
There is more on my blog detailing the birding to be had.

Chris Forster Brown

River Monnow

Fri 12th Jun 2020

Main sighting: Swift

At least 50 swifts over Monnow at 6.30 am. Great to see so many. A few sand martins below. Single marsh tit in Mitchel Troy. At least four tree pipit singing from felled forestry and adjacent ‘parkland’ trees behind Pen y Clawdd Farm, Dingestow.

Graham Agg

Trellech Common Woods

Fri 12th Jun 2020

Main sighting: Cuckoo

Single cuckoo heard this morning in Trellech Common Woods; small group of crossbills passing over; single woodwarbler singing (seem to be doing rather better this year – I’ve heard 4 singing territories in Trellech Common Woods, 2 in Manor Wood, 1 near Beech Cottage pen y Fan; 3 in woods to east of Beacon Hill heathland and 2 near Pancake Wood); a fine male bullfinch in garden (The Narth) and green woodpecker excavating for ants in my lawn today.

Allan Dowson

goldcliff lagoons

Tue 9th Jun 2020

Main sighting: Garganey

First visit since lockdown,using platforms only as hides still closed.Highlight was a male Garganey on the bank of Priors lagoon.Apart from one LRP juv. the only other juvs.were Canada and Greylags.66-Black Headed Gulls have returned but no juvs.

Mark Davies

Rholben & Sugar Loaf

Tue 9th Jun 2020

Main sighting: Wheatear

Several Wheatear including 3 Fledglings around the Sugar Loaf along with a Red Kite , a Kestrel , a couple of Ravens , loads of Meadow Pipits and Stonechat , a couple of Whinchat and several Skylarks . On the Rholben a couple of calling Cuckoos , a pair of Redstart and a single Yellowhammer .

Next event

Dec
5
Sat
2020
7:30 pm CANCELLED: Saving Britain’s Curlews @ Goytre Village Hall
CANCELLED: Saving Britain’s Curlews @ Goytre Village Hall
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
CANCELLED: Saving Britain’s Curlews @ Goytre Village Hall
The Eurasian curlew is an iconic bird of both farmland and moorland. Over the last two decades its numbers have plummeted, so in 2016, Mary Colwell walked 500 miles across Ireland and the UK to find out why. It set in train a nation-wide movement to save this beautiful wader.Share this:TwitterFacebook