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Sightings

Alison Griffies

Grid reference SO245294

Tue 27th Aug 2019

Main sighting: 1000s of housemartins gathering on telephone wires

About 1000 housemartins gathering in this valley on 27/8/2019 at 10am. In the Black Mountains of S Wales 1mile west of Capel-y-ffin. Grid reference SO245294. Is this a gathering before they fly south? Anybody know if this is a common phenomenon to gather in such large numbers? There were plenty of insects around as well at a reservoir for water which they were dipping into. I can send a poor quality mobile phone video if this helps.

mark davies

Abergavenny

Tue 27th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Swifts

2 Swifts over the house this afternoon

Mike andJackie Pointon

Peterstone Gout

Tue 27th Aug 2019

Main sighting: clouded Yellow

A few migrant about at low tide. Blackcap 3 Whitethroat 1 . Butterflies: Clouded Yellow 1 Painted Lady 15 Small Tortoiseshell 2 Green-veined White 2 Large White 4 Common Blue 2

Adrian Edwards

Marshfield

Mon 26th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Siskin

1 male Siskin visiting feeders in the afternoon. Many sparrows doing very well this year, 2 or 3 broods from one nest in the roof. Usual other garden birds – BT, GT, coal tits, one greenfinch, many goldfinches including Young this year, starlings same.

Brian Thomas

Goldcliff

Mon 26th Aug 2019

Main sighting: curlew sandpiper

Curlew sandpiper, ruff, hen harrier.

Blair Jones

Blorenge Foxhunter carpark

Mon 26th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Wheatear and Pipits

There are a lot of Wheatears and Meadow Pipits gathering in small flocks around the Foxhunter carpark. Buzzard seen flying above the Keepers. Watched Wheatears all along the foot path.

Ed Stevens

Black Rock

Sun 25th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Common tern

Black Rock this afternoon 20+ redshank, 3 dunlin, 2 ringed plover, 1 wheatear, 30+ yellow wagtail, flock of 24 terns roosting on island, later most flew off down channel. Most to far away for me to id to species, but at least one definitely common and one probable arctic. Also 1 clouded yellow butterfly.

martyn jones

Marshfield

Sat 24th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Barn owl

Barn owl over the garden for the third time this week. Late in the evening.
The local sparrows seem to have had a good year with at least three pairs with double broods in the garden. The local post breeding sparrow flocks are in the hundreds in the local meadows.
In contrast not had a single Greenfinch in the garden since about april and swifts are notable by their absence.

Ed Stevens

Black Rock

Sat 24th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Comic tern

Flock of 60+ comic tern just off shore at black rock heading west this afternoon.

Mr Neville James Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 24th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Warbler passerines

Dawn visit and joined later by John Lawton. Excellent mornings migration, highlights included 2 buzzards, house martins, 8 lt egrets, 3 herons, 6 curlew (71 more on mudflats), 46 swallows passing through with 6 sand martins, 1 common sandpiper, 1 greenshank, 1 black swan which relocated to the Pill, 10 teal, 21 gadwall, 10 shoveler, 1 cettis, an excellent count of 266 knot, 59 redshank, 233 black-tailed godwits, 1 common snipe, 1st yr male merlin on the seawall, 1 sedge and 2 reed warblers in the reeds opposite snipe platform, and 2 female kestrels. Seawall – the wall had 18 yellow wagtails along it (11 also seen over the lagoons),with 2 wheatears also. 2 grey plovers and 1 whimbrel on the mud. Working their way through the hedgeline opposite the snipe platform was migration in full swing with 2 male and 1 female common redstarts seen with 3 common whitethroats, 1 lesser whitethroat, 15 chiffchaffs, 2 spotted and 1 pied flycatchers. Awesome.

MARIE PUGH

St Julian’s Park Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

Fri 23rd Aug 2019

Main sighting: Pair of Sparrow hawks

Witnessed a Pidgeon kill by a Sparrow hawk, whilst another circled nearby in the sky

Mike andJackie Pointon

Llandegfedd Reservoir

Fri 23rd Aug 2019

Main sighting: Common Scoter

A drake Common Scoter was seen between 10-45 and 11-15 at the northern end of the reservoir.
It was not seen again after disturbance by a power boat.

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The Eurasian curlew is an iconic bird of both farmland and moorland. Over the last two decades its numbers have plummeted, so in 2016, Mary Colwell walked 500 miles across Ireland and the UK to find out why. It set in train a nation-wide movement to save this beautiful wader.Share this:TwitterFacebook