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Sightings

Blair Jones

Penyrheol Common, Mynydd Twyn-Glas/Maen Pontypool

Sat 16th May 2020

Main sighting: Stonechat

Stonechats in abundance, Linnnet, Lesser Redpolls, Bullfinch, Pied Wagtails, Willow Warbler, Chiff Chaff, Blackbird, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Buzzard, Robin , Wood pigeons , Swallows and Herring Gulls.
Tremendous Gorse Habitat.

Mark Whitaker

Maypole

Fri 15th May 2020

Main sighting: Yellowhammer

Male heard singing when I stopped briefly on B4347 to let a bee escape through my car window – returning from work.

Iain Crawford

Trellech

Thu 14th May 2020

Main sighting: Hirundines

12 house Martins, 6 swallow, Jay, raven, blackcap, chiffchaff, whitethroat willow warbler, song thrush

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Mynydd Dimlaith

Thu 14th May 2020

Main sighting: Tree Pipit

Highlights of our walk today Tree Pipit singing, Red Kite 1 Blackcap 6 Willow Warbler 6 Chiffchaff 4. Dunnock 3 Song Thrush 3 Mistle Thrush 4 Swallow 6 House Martin 4 the latter two gathering mud. The Blackbirds are eating the ‘grapes’ of the Mahonia in our garden.

Christopher Reading

Newport Golf Club, Rogerstone

Thu 14th May 2020

Main sighting: Redstart (male)

Just returned from my daily walk in the golf club. Spotted a male redstart performing its typical flickering dance high up in the branches of an oak tree. A beautiful sight as the bright sunshine made the colours come alive, both the bird and the leaves.

Dave Littleton

Somerton

Wed 13th May 2020

Main sighting: Peregrine

Highlights of a week off work spent in the garden were a Peregrine being severely harassed by a LBB Gull overhead , the return of Swifts to East Newport, the antics of the regular House Sparrows, Wood Pigeons, Collared Doves, and Blackbirds, but topping it all watching a pair of Magpies chase a cat out of my garden, and, as it sat on the roof of next door’s shed, one of them gave the end of the cat’s tail a tweak with it’s beak at least 3 times! The cat moved on and hasn’t returned yet.

Simon James Bedford

USK Agricultural College Fields

Wed 13th May 2020

Main sighting: Hirundines

At least 800 mixed flock of Swallow House Martin and Sand martin over newly ploughed college fields to the left Usk bound opposite the Equine centre plus at least 40 swift over the town Waters…they are late but they have arrived sporadically in number .

Mark Whitaker

Penallt

Wed 13th May 2020

Main sighting: Marsh Tit

Calling by Boat Inn (working nearby). Siskin calls also heard.

Verity Picken

Llangybi

Wed 13th May 2020

Main sighting: Linnet

Seven Linnets, 4 Greenfinches, 1 Siskin busily feeding on the seeds of a rosemary bush at the same time. A useful plant!

Chris and Theresa Stone

Sudbrook

Tue 12th May 2020

Main sighting: Swallow

We had a strange sighting on Tuesday of a Swallow that seemed to be in juvenile plumage, It was first considered that it could be a hybrid, but others have now put forward the idea that it was a juv/winter plumage bird, whose plumage is somehow stunted (apparently similar seen in south Africa). The jury is still out at the moment. Managed to get some snatched photos it of perched on a telegraph wire. Could still be around.

Also 2 Com sand + 2 Whimbrel +5 Mute swans.

Blair Jones

Jerusalem Lane, New Inn

Tue 12th May 2020

Main sighting: Swifts

On Tuesday evening there was a flock of approximately 30 Swallows, House Martins and Swifts ( at least 5 seen).

They all appeared to have found a good concentration of airborne insects to feed on and were flying at various heights above the fields and the junction with Golf Road.

This locality seems to be a hotspot for hirundines.

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Tue 12th May 2020

Main sighting: Curlew

Tally of 31 species on my morning walk. Heard Curlew call. Two Cuckoos calling in traditional sites. Redstart catching flies like Spotted Flycatcher. Tree Pipit display flight.

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