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Sightings

Neville James Davies

Machen

Sat 27th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Juvenile robins

2 juvenile robins in a Machen garden.

Neville James Davies

Goldcliff lagoons

Sat 27th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Wader mix and cuckoo

First two hides visited only due to heavy showers. En-route to hides – pheasants, blackbirds, blackcaps, woodpigeons, wren, chiffchaffs, magpie, lt egret, 2 cettis, linnets, whitethroat, goldfinches, song thrush, starlings, blue tits and moorhens. Hide one (very productive) – 83 dunlin most showing the black bellies, 17 redshanks, 8 avocet, 33 shelduck, 10 gadwall, 301 black-tailed godwits and the single bar-tailed with them, 6 lapwing, Canada geese, greylags, ls black-backed gulls, 5 oystercatchers, 1 lt ringed plover, skylarks, 2 mite swans, 2 more lt egrets, 12 shoveler, 1 heron, mallards, stonechat pair, 1 cormorant, 5 males and 1 female tufted, pair of teal and a single male, 2 swallows, 6 ringed plovers, crows, 1 greenshank, 1 ruff and jackdaws. Hide two – sedge warbler in the brambles, drake pintail, fem marsh harrier and great white egret. En-route back to hide one – 2 stock doves, cuckoo calling from along the hedge line leading back up to hide 2.

iain crawford

Tump Farm, Tregate

Fri 26th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Song thrushes

2 fledged song thrush chicks hopping about.

Chris Le Clare

Nant Gwyddon, Abercarn

Thu 25th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Wood Warbler

1 singing male bird heard, but very faintly from edge of conifer plantation, towards river.

Mark Whitaker

Blorenge Mountain

Wed 24th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Red Grouse

One flushed from path heading SE from communication masts. Also 1 Wheatear on breeding territory, plus several Skylarks singing but Meadow Pipits curiously were not. Pair of Stonechats by base of masts. Glad to find all the species I was hoping for on my group walk.

Andy Smith

Tumble on the Blorange

Sun 21st Apr 2024

Main sighting: Woodcock

Woodcock flushed from cover by a dog along side the steam. Also first sighting here this year of StoneChat and Willow Warbler. Lots of Linnets and Meadow Pipits plus 2 buzzards hanging on the up drafts.

Graham Agg

The Narth

Sun 21st Apr 2024

Main sighting: Swallow

Swallow on overhead wire.

Sue Price

Cwmyoy

Sun 21st Apr 2024

Main sighting: Cuckoo

One calling and calling for at least half an hour…with no reply from around the valley !

Neville James Davies

Machen

Sat 20th Apr 2024

Main sighting: House Martin

Single house martin aerial feeding. 3 swallows seen also later on.

Lee Parsons

Brynithel

Sat 20th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Cuckoo

Cuckoo called twice before moving on, Wheatear and Redstart having a spat over territory and male sprawk trying for and missing female Wheatear!

Allan Dowson

Goldcliff

Sat 20th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Black Tailed Godwit

An amazing number of Black’wits today.I counted 316 on the tidal mud and there was at least as many from the sea wall hide,with more out of sight hidden by the vegetation.Also a Greenshank from the sea wall hide.Couldn’t locate the Spotted Redshank.10h20-12h45.

Mark Whitaker

Grosmont to Skenfrith road

Sat 20th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Firecrest

Distinctive call heard in conifers by B4347 road. Also at least 2 singing Redstarts (one seen) 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcaps, 3 Stock Doves, 1 Goldcrest between here and Grosmont. Firecrests no longer uncommon in this area.

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