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Home Sightings


David Hathaway

Sunday, 22 May 2016


Main Sighting: Yellowhammer
Carrying out Birdtrack today few interesting ones,Lesser Whitethroat,yellowhammer,goldcrests and skylarks amongst others. I have had a 40% take up of the tit boxes to date. Any idea what the take up has been in Goytre Wood Trevor?


Saturday, 21 May 2016

Goldcliff Pools

Main Sighting: Spoonbill
2 birds present this afternoon.

Mike Pointon

Friday, 20 May 2016

Newport Wetlands Goldcliff

Main Sighting: Ruff
Ruff 2 females in breeding plumage, very smart. Ringed Plover 2 with 2 juvs, still plenty of wader chicks surviving, Greenshank 1 Black-tailed Godwit 7. Marsh Harrier 1 female Wigeon 2 Gadwall 20 Tufted Duck 30 Teal 2 Reed Warbler 3 opposite new VP. Orange

Chris Hatch and Colin Titcombe

Thursday, 19 May 2016

R. Wye, Bigsweir

Main Sighting: Mandarins
2 pairs of Mandarins together with a female with 7 ducklings on River Wye between Bigsweir bridge and Whitebrook. Also 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 pairs of Reed Buntings, at least 12 singing Garden Warblers, 2 Whitethroats. Good numbers of Banded Demoiselles on the wing, together with a good hatch of Mayflies (Ephemera danica)and Caddis flies, attracting feeding Hirundines and Swifts.

Keith Roylance

Thursday, 19 May 2016


Main Sighting: Golden Pheasant
Golden Pheasant reported from a garden in the Rogerstone area of Newport. No rings on legs, feeding from seed put down.

Verity Picken

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


Main Sighting: Reminder
Just a reminder to all to check the GOS Home page. Main items of interest, such as the Lammergeier report, are posted there.

Chris Jones

Thursday, 12 May 2016


Main Sighting: Lammergeier
Thought that it was wise to bring GOS members up to speed of the incredible events from last week in the County.... An immature Lammergeier [Bearded Vulture] was seen briefly along the edge of the estuary at Sudbrook on 12th May 2016. The bird was seen and videoed by an individual out walking with his family. New of this bird then broke on Sunday 15th. The main extract (it's a little jaw dropping) from the video can be viewed at: The ID of the bird is without question, we just now wait on it's provenance, as this will (hopefully) be accepted as a 1st for Britain. Incredibly the bird was relocated on Exmoor, Devon on Monday 16th May

Gavin Vella

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Llandegfedd & Tranch

Main Sighting: Sedge Warbler
Single Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, 6 pairs of Reed Warbler, 1 Mandarin family with 6 chicks and a very vocal Tawny Owl at Llandegfedd. Wood Warbler numbers on edge of Tranch Wood are same as last year with only 2 pairs.

Nick and Gill Saunders

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Cleddon Bog, Trellech

Main Sighting: Red Kite
Couple of weekend walks produced Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, good numbers of singing Wren, Stonechat, flock of 8 feeding crossbill, good number of Garden Warbler, Tree Pipit, Whitethroat, Linnet, Blackcap, Siskin, Red Kite in heavy primary moult, Buzzard, - and Large Red Damselfly.

Chris and Matthew West and digger

Friday, 13 May 2016

Oxbow the Bryn

Main Sighting: Hobby
Garden warbler in song (confirmed on my sons' iPhone), hobby catching insects.