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Dr Tony Malone

St James' Pond, Tredegar

Sat 13th May 2023

Main sighting: Siskin

Eurasian Siskin on floor before flying up in tall pines on the up hill bank of the lake. Also seen: Coots (Nesting), Willow Warbler, Wrens, Blackbird, Robins, and Chaffinch

Mark Whitaker

Went Wood

Fri 12th May 2023

Main sighting: Wood Warbler

1 singing rather reluctantly. Other species of note 1 Tree Pipit, 5 Garden Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush plus 1 Firecrest. The latter species I have found on every visit to extensive woodland recently (including Forest of Dean and Berkshire as well as Gwent) – definitely no longer rare.

Allan Dowson


Tue 9th May 2023

Main sighting: Cuckoo

At least 2-Cuckoos, 3-Garden Warblers,2m-Redstarts,lots of Willow Warblers,2-Tree Pipits together,Wood Warbler trilling,Blackcaps singing and a yaffling Green Woodpecker.10h30-12h45.

Dr Tony Malone

St James Pond, Tredegar

Mon 8th May 2023

Main sighting: Grey Wagtails

Two Grey Wagtails looking splendid and larking about on the grass slope to the woodlands on the west side of the lake.

Bob Potter

South of Devauden

Sun 7th May 2023

Main sighting: Woodcock

Woodcocks ‘Roding’; Nightjars ‘Churring’, Tawny Owls Calling.

Allan Dowson


Sat 6th May 2023

Main sighting: Ruff

6-Ruff,3-Black Tailed Godwits,1m-Pintail(unusual on first lagoon),2adult-Black Headed Gulls all seen from first hide.Lapwing with 4 juveniles and another with 1 juvenile,Greylags with 4 young and 1f-Marsh Harrier,at least 20-Avocets mostly on first island.14h00-15h30.

Dr Tony Malone

Newport Wetlands RSPB

Fri 5th May 2023

Main sighting: Sedge Warbler

Two Sedge Warblers both hovering over reeds before dropping down. One resting on reed top briefly. Also sighted: Cetti’s Warbler, Common ChiffChaff, Wren, Robin, Blackbird and a fleeting Blackcap.

iain crawford


Thu 4th May 2023

Main sighting: Cetti's warbler

Cettis warbler calling from dense scrub between boys school pavilion and river wye. Also a salmon or sewin leaping from the water.

Mark Whitaker

Beacon Hill, Trellech

Thu 4th May 2023

Main sighting: Tree Pipit

2 males singing and displaying on the heath. Also 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Firecrest singing. Several Linnets and Whitethroats singing but no Stonechats as recently.

Mark Whitaker

Trellech Common

Thu 4th May 2023

Main sighting: Wood Warbler

3 males in song only 100 metres apart (all three seen) but no others seen/heard in the woods. Also close by, Firecrest and Garden Warbler singing – all the most interesting birds in one small area.

Bob Potter


Wed 3rd May 2023

Main sighting: Swifts

Swifts – around 25 flying in over the sea wall around 10am.
Plenty of Swallos also flying in.
Male Cuckoo seen between Snipe hide and Seawall hide.
Male and Female Marsh Harriers (seen separately)
Reed Warblers; Lesser Whitethroats; Whimbrel (2); Reed Bunting; Dunlin; Avocets; Wood Sandpiper (1st Hide).

Chris Le Clare


Wed 3rd May 2023

Main sighting: Swift

Three swifts flew over Handpost area of town. 1st sighting of the year.

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