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Sightings

Allan Dowson

St Davids Vale

Mon 26th Apr 2021

Main sighting: redstart

Had a good day at this beautiful location,despite a cold wind.Pied Flycatcher male,Tree Pipit heard and seen,3-Redstarts 2m 1f,Cuckoo calling from across the valley,a Wood Warbler heard trilling but i couldn’t locate it,Garden Warbler and Willow Warblers heard singing.Several Nuthatches and good numbers of Blue and Great Tits.

Ed Stevens

Caldicot pill

Mon 26th Apr 2021

Main sighting: Cuckoo

Cuckoo seen perched on driftwood far eastern end of caldicot pill.

Graham Agg

Trellech Common Woods

Mon 26th Apr 2021

Main sighting: Wood Warbler

Woodwarbler singing near Maryland car park – the first I’ve heard this year.

Jon Austin Holmes

coed morgan

Sun 25th Apr 2021

Main sighting: swifts

3 swifts heading north at a rate of knots (pardon the pun)

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Machen

Sun 25th Apr 2021

Main sighting: Swift

A single Swift over Machen this morning is our earliest inland record. Sand Martin 8 near breeding site. Several Blackcaps and a few Willow Warblers Linnet 4 and Bullfinch 4.

Nick Saunders

Tintern

Sat 24th Apr 2021

Main sighting: Greenfinch

At last a singing male Greenfinch in the the garden, sad this is now unusual.

Allan Dowson

Peterstone Gout

Sat 24th Apr 2021

Main sighting: Bar Tailed Godwit

87-Bar Tailed Godwits today at high tide many in full breeding plumage,also 2-Black Tailed Godwits,2-Whimbrels and several Knot two of which were in breeding plumage.16h00-17h30

David Roberts

Penyrheol

Sat 24th Apr 2021

Main sighting: Swallow

Single swallow over mountainside south of Pontypool, 2.25 this afternoon. Also a Wheatear.

Nicholas Beswick

Brynmawr area

Sat 24th Apr 2021

Main sighting: Swift

GOS outdoor meeting this morning to Dunlop Semtex Pond, Parc Nant-y-Waun and Beaufort gave a tally of 42 species (with a brisk easterly wind suppressing activity). The single Swift was a first for the year and there were just a couple of Sand and House Martins over the ponds. Three redhead Goosanders lingering at Beaufort Ponds with an overflying Lesser Redpoll there too.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 24th Apr 2021

Main sighting: Swift

Reed warbler singing, cettis calling, chiffchaff 3, blackcap 2, common buzzard, marsh harrier, pheasants, gt spotted woodpecker, skylarks singing. Redshank Platform – 3 greenshanks, shelduck (1 with a yellow leg ring A07 – a bird ringed on the Axe Estuary), 8 dunlin, avocet, common redshanks, 5 ringed plovers, 5 mute swans and a whimbrel overhead. Lapwing Platform – 2 cormorants, linnets, 7 gadwall (14 more from hide 3), 2 whitethroats singing and a pair of greylags with 5 goslings. Snipe Platform – the bean and white-fronted geese were mixed in with greylags sitting on the raised bank. 2 whimbrel in the field behind the platform. Seawall – productive with 1 white wagtail, 2 wheaters, 7 swallows, 2 whimbrel flying towards The Point, 2 great black-backed gulls, oystercatchers, curlew, 12 more dunlin, 1 little egret, grey heron and 4 teal. Hide 3 – pair of reed buntings nest building in the sedges opposite, 239 black-tailed godwits which started to fly off in 4 separate groups, gaining height and migrating (0800 – 0815), 3 bar-tailed godwits remained, 2 wigeon and 5 yellow wagtails – one of which fed within 15 feet of the hide. At this point I was stood with Dan Webb outside the hide watching the godwits moving off and he picked out a distant swift. Other: holly blue 1 and orange tip butterfly 1.

BernieJones

Peterstone and Newport

Sat 24th Apr 2021

Main sighting: Swallows and House Martins

Swallows seen over Goldcliff on 13th and 14th and over Peterstone on 21st
House Martins over Peterstone on 21st and over Allt-yr-yn Newport on 22 but neither in great numbers
First House Martins 18 days later than last yearw

David Hathaway

LLanishen

Sat 24th Apr 2021

Main sighting: No Swallows/House Martins

Has anyone seen any swallows or house martins yet? Seems very strange this year

Next event

May
22
Sat
2021
8:30 am Lower Monnow Valley @ on road by Osbaston School
Lower Monnow Valley @ on road by Osbaston School
May 22 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Meet John Coleman at 8:30 am on the road outside Osbaston School (SO507137, NP25 3PU) for an easy walk along farm tracks and road. Will we see Yellowhammer this year, once common they have been missing for a couple of years?Share this:TwitterFacebook