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15 January 2011 - Record Your Bird Sightings PDF Print E-mail

Waxwing at CwmbranAt this time of year many local birdwatchers are jotting down last year's bird sightings for inclusion in Gwent Ornithological Society's annual report. This publication lists all the bird species seen in the county during the year along with numerous other articles and features, and is an essential read for anyone interested in our local avifauna (that's birdlife to you and me).

I would like to appeal to any readers who may have jotted down their sightings to send them in - Don't worry if the birds you have seen are not unusual; many birdwatchers (myself included) like to report the rarer birds they see, leaving many common species under recorded. Your contribution will be very welcome and you will be listed in the report as a contributor.

Your bird records can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or sent to Chris Jones, 22 Walnut Drive, Caerleon. NP18 3SB. If you haven't sent in records before, please give Chris a ring beforehand on 01633 423439 so that he can advise you on how to format your submission. Alternatively give me a call on the number below.

Waxwings well worth the wait

I've been waiting since the last waxwing 'invasion' of 2005 to see these exotic looking Scandinavian winter visitors again, and have been checking out the sightings page at www.gwentbirds.org.uk for them to  appear close to home. Well, after a number of reports from around Gwent, they finally turned up in Cwmbran and I got the chance to pop along to watch a flock of 38 gorgeous birds feeding on berries. Whilst there I got talking to a lovely chap, Cliff Woodhead from Cardiff, who kindly sent me this fantastic photo that he had just taken – Thanks Cliff!

Birdwatching Events

GOS's 2011  programme of indoor events begins on Saturday 22nd January with an illustrated talk at Goytre Village Hall (just off the A4042 Newport to Abergavenny road) starting at 7.30pm. The talk, by GOS stalwarts Dave Brassey, Steve Butler and Keith Roylance, is about their recent birdwatching trip to The Pyrenees and is preceded by GOS's AGM. Entry, including tea and biscuits is £1.50. No need to book, just turn up.

On Saturday 12th February there is a guided birdwatching trip to Tregaron and Cors Caren, near Aberystwyth. Both these sites are ideal for winter birdwatching, especially for birds of prey and waders. If you would like to come along, meet Steve Butler at Abergavenny Bus Station at 8.30am. Bring suitable clothing, food and drink and binoculars if you have them.   

New faces (especially Argus readers) are always welcome at GOS events, for more information visit www.gwentbirds.org.uk or give me a call on the number below. Likewise, if you want me to send you a copy of Gwent Ornithological Society's programme of walks and talks, just let me know.

Keep in Touch

Thank you to all readers that have taken the time to get in touch.

 I always enjoy hearing from you and can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 01633 866470.