Dowlais & Gelligaer common

Driving along heads of valleys road at Dowlais this morning, Red kite overhead and a single Lapwing just a few yards off the carriageway. Later driving over Gelligaer common just after Bedlinog turnoff pair of Curlew flew over. I’ve heard them in this area before but haven’t seen any, so hopefully they’re breeding on the common.

3 thoughts on “Dowlais & Gelligaer common

  1. Paul Seligman

    I cover 2 squares in that area (SO1000 and (ST1099) for the BTO’s breeding bird survey. Red kites are nearly always seen, and do breed in the area, although not not on my Squares. Displaying curlews were an almost annual occurrence but we didn’t see them last year and I think not in 2018 either. I don’t recall ever seeing Lapwing but I haven’t checked.

    Obviously, we can’t go there to do our surveys this year and in fact the bto has cancelled all surveys. It would therefore be extremely useful to have all your records formally recorded in BirdTrack and particularly with any suspected breeding status added. I’m assuming that this is your local walk and you aren’t making any unnecessary journeys to go there.

    While that wouldn’t follow BBS methodology, and therefore wouldn’t give us estimated population figures, it would enable us to see see which birds are present and possibly breeding, in particular the less common species.

    1. Richard Morgan

      Hi Paul, I can certainly add these sightings to birdtrack although many of my sightings are not when I’m actually out birdwatching. I’m a subcontractor for Welsh water/ Dwr Cymru and therefore I have to visit many WWDC sites in South Wales as part of my work,these may be reservoirs or treatment works. I do though have binoculars most days and try to have a look around when possible ( as part of the Willow tit project I also carry my speaker for playback as many WWDC sites are suitable breeding habitat ). As you say I cant stick to strict methodology but I can at least add any sightings which may be of interest.

      1. Paul Seligman

        Great. So few of us can get out and about. This season’s sightings will be hugely reduced in number and distribution. Anyone who has a legitimate reason for travel and can use the BirdTrack app in the field, or make voice or written notes for subsequent data entry, will be filling an important role.

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