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Sightings

Iain Crawford

Llanarth and Clytha

Thu 3rd Jun 2021

Main sighting: Buzzards

22 buzzards and 2 red kites over ploughed fields, Llansantffraid. 7 swifts 8 swallows, 10 house martins, 3 song thrush mistle thrush 2 stock doves, gsw, green woodpecker

Iain Crawford

Monmouth, Wye

Thu 3rd Jun 2021

Main sighting: Kingfisher

Kingfisher, gsw, female goosander, chiffchaff, blackcap

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 2nd Jun 2021

Main sighting: Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper 1 Greenshank 1 Little Ringed Plover 1 Redshank 20 Ringed Plover 20 Oystercatcher 8 Gadwall 12 (probably more) Green Woodpecker 1 Long-tailed Tit 6 Whitethroat Lesser Whitethroat Cetti’s Warbler Reed Warbler Chiffchaff all singing.
Azure Blue Damselfly 3

Mark Whitaker

Grosmont

Mon 31st May 2021

Main sighting: Spotted Flycatcher

Bird with food in bill seen along lane to Hoaldalbert on the edge of the village. Great to have this species breeding within a few hundred metres of my house.

Iain Crawford

Llanfihangel Ystern Llewern

Sun 30th May 2021

Main sighting: Red kite

Red kite, 3 buzzards, 3 ravens, green woodpecker, song thrush

Verity Picken

Gwent

Sat 29th May 2021

Main sighting: Curlew request

You may soon be seeing a little more Curlew activity than in recent weeks as any eggs may be about to hatch. Please keep your eyes peeled when out birding and send any reports to Curlew@gwentbirds.org.uk . Info needed is on the Home page.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 29th May 2021

Main sighting: Cuckoos

Not a great deal about but what was was quality. Highlight was a male cuckoo perched on the brambles by hide 3 joined by a second male before flying off calling. Elsewhere – cettis 1, lesser whitethroat 1, common whitethroat (pair possibly nesting), blackcap 2, chiffchaff 2, reed warbler 1. Male stonechat, pheasants, ravens and a stoat by hide 1 with 5 kits (taking them one by one in her mouth across the path). Hide one – stunning little stint, 1 curlew sandpiper (partial plumage), 13 ringed plovers, 15 dunlin, 2 little egrets, 4 black-tailed godwits only, singing skylark, redshanks, lapwing and no avocet. Redshank platform – 6 swifts, marsh harrier and oystercatchers. Hide three – 19 gadwall, 6 shoveler, 9 swallows, 3 cormorants, female kestrel hunting, 3 grey herons, reed buntings and a common buzzard. Other: small white butterflies and a caterpillar to be identified.

Brian Unitt

Garden,, Ridgeway Court, NP20

Fri 28th May 2021

Main sighting: Female Wheatear

Studied female Wheatear in our front garden for 10 minutes. Flew away showing white area clearly. Returned later to sit on wall.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Tue 25th May 2021

Main sighting: Swift

The wetland are certainly living up to their name and very windy. Currently there is a small amount of mud to the right of the Greenshank hide on Monks. At high-tide there were no large wader flocks in fact very few waders at all. Knot 2 seen flying with swifts Avocet 4 Redshank 6 Dunlin 8 Oystercatcher 6 Gadwall 18 Pochard 1 Swifts put on a great show flying low over the reserve. Whitethroat Lesser Whitethroat Chiffchaff Cetti’s Blackcap and Reed warbler singing.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 22nd May 2021

Main sighting: Common Pochard

Cormorant 3, pheasant 2, chiffchaff 1 (contact call), common whitethroat 1, cettis 1 and a goldcrest. Hide one – shelduck 11, avocet, redshanks (pair copulating), skylarks, lapwing, linnets, 18 dunlin only and 2 curlew. Redshank platform – oystercatchers, 2 ringed plovers (on the island), marsh harrier and reed warbler singing close by. Hide three – 53 black-tailed godwits, reed buntings, good count of 17 gadwall, female common pochard, 6 more dunlin, 2 tufteds, 8 swans, 4 black-headed gulls over, 11 swallows and 1 little egret. Seawall – swifts came in aerial feeding and numbered around 20 birds with 2 house martins mixed in, 8 curlew flying over had 2 whimbrel mixed in. Common buzzard on the fence.

Verity Picken

Gwent

Sat 22nd May 2021

Main sighting: Curlew request

Although Curlews aren’t calling so frequently now, they’re still about. Please continue to send all sightings (and heards) of inland birds to curlew@gwentbirds.org.uk . Every record counts but the more info (number, location, habitat etc) the better.

Chris Stone

Sudbrook

Fri 21st May 2021

Main sighting: Terns

Spent an enjoyable hour or so with Ed Stevens sea watching the Severn yesterday, where Ed spotted Gannet(ad), 24 Comic terns, and also two Arctic terns which were feeding by the side of the Prince of Wales bridge. Ed also had 2 Fulmar on the west side of the bridge. 3 Little egrets were also seen.

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