Please do not post reports of nesting birds or sightings of rare or Schedule 1 breeders. Sightings which might lead to disturbance will be removed.


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


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


Wed 13th May 2020

Main sighting: Marsh Tit

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

Verity Picken


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


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.

David Hathaway

Llanishen NP16

Mon 11th May 2020

Main sighting: Yellow wagtail

A yellow wagtail was on Crumbland Farm field,also 2 swifts flew over house this morning.
One pair of house martins have started to build on house but no take up of the concrete HM nest boxes yet

Verity Picken


Sun 10th May 2020

Main sighting: Marsh Tit

Marsh Tit on my morning walk.

Blair Jones

Mountain above the Folly Pontypool

Sat 9th May 2020

Main sighting: Cuckoo

Cuckoo calling just above the farm near the old Roman Road by the Folly area just after dawn.
Skylarks in abundance, Meadow Pipits, Wheatear and Starlings. Other species seen enroute – Pied Wagtails, Stonechat,Carrion Crows in good numbers, Chiff Chaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcaps , Lesser Black Backed Gulls and Buzzard.

Mark Davies

St Marys Vale

Sat 9th May 2020

Main sighting: Yellowhammer

Single Yellowhammer , several Wood & Willow Warblers , 3=4 Whinchats , several singing Skylarks and Meadow Pipits , a single Tree Pipit , a Red Kite and a couple of Ravens this afternoon .
Earlier in the week 3 Pied Flycatchers (2m & 1f) , a pair of Garden Warblers and a Wheatear .