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Sightings

Marcus Doolan

Blaenavon

Sun 5th May 2024

Main sighting: Grasshopper Warbler

Pair of Cuckoos and a pair of Grasshopper Warblers seen in the area above Garn Lakes over a 2 hr period early this morning.
Other sightings included: Willow Warbler, Wheatear, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Crow, Magpie, Raven, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Canada Goose, Swallow, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Wren, Herring Gull, Robin, Stonechat, Starling, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Grey Heron.

Mark Whitaker

Grosmont

Sat 4th May 2024

Main sighting: Swift

3 birds – first in the village this year. A few Swallows but haven’t seen a House Martin yet. Lesser Whitethroat singing about 2 miles SW of village a couple of days ago.

Verity Picken

Llangybi

Sat 4th May 2024

Main sighting: Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher in the garden this morning – my first of the year. Such a joy to have them back.

Neville James Davies

Goldcliff lagoons

Fri 3rd May 2024

Main sighting: Great White Egret

First hide visited only. En-route to hide – chiffchaffs, pheasant, collard dove, gt spotted woodpecker, 9 swallows, raven, reed warbler singing and lesser whitethroat. Hide – skylarks, Canada goose (goslings seen), mallards, 16 avocet, 3 oystercatchers, ls black-backed gulls harassing the avocets, coot, 8 male and 1 female teal, 6 gadwall, herring gulls, 8 redshanks, 2 lapwing, 1 shelduck, 231 black-tailed godwits, 2 lt egrets, greylags, linnets, magpie, blackbird, blackcap, fem marsh harrier, 5 mute swans, meadow pipits, pair stonechats, woodpigeons, moorhen, jackdaw, 5 sand martins and a buzzard.

Allan Dowson

Peterstone Gout

Fri 3rd May 2024

Main sighting: Whimbrel

11-Whimbrels and 3-Turnstones in BP.Otherwise pretty quiet.14h30-15h15

Chris Le Clare

Pontymister

Thu 2nd May 2024

Main sighting: Swift

Two birds seen overhead whist driving along dual carriageway towards Risca .

Neville James Davies

Ystrad Mynach

Wed 1st May 2024

Main sighting: Late Swift sighting entry

Late entry sighting for May 1st – single Swift over Ystrad Mynach around 1645 hrs. Also, Machen on May 4th, Tawny Owl calling around 1045hrs.

Bob Potter

Collister Pill area

Wed 1st May 2024

Main sighting: Whimbrel

Whimbrel 8; Little Egret; Shelduck 40; Greylag Geese 2; Cetti’s Warbler; Reed Warbler; Sedge Warbler; Lesser Whitethroat; Common Whitethroat; Swallow 5; Sand Martin 2; Wheatear 2; Song Thrush; Blackcap; Linnets; Goldfinches; Chaffinch; Chiffchaffs; Skylarks; Wrens; Dunnock; Robins; Blackbirds; Long Tailed Tit; Pheasant; Woodpigeons, Carrion Crows; LBB Gull; Magpie; Mallard.

Roger Ruston

Monmouth, Wye bank

Wed 1st May 2024

Main sighting: Cetti's Warbler

Heard and seen at midday on 1 May, a singing Cetti’s Warbler in vegetation on the bank of the Wye near Monmouth boathouse. First discovered by Hugo Perks who lives close by.

Graham Agg

Trellech Common woods

Tue 30th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Wood warbler

Wood Warbler calling + Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler.

Chris Le Clare

Cleddon Bog

Sun 28th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Firecrest

Singing bird heard (then seen) from mixed belt of trees along roadside, at edge of reserve. Third firecrest found this spring in different parts of Gwent, a species appearing to be spreading rapidly.

Chris Le Clare

Broad Meend heath

Sun 28th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Lesser Redpoll

Single bird heard calling (in flight) several times during walk around the heath. Also the usual singing male tree pipits (3) willow warblers (6) with several linnets and siskins present.

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