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Verity Picken


Wed 6th Dec 2023

Main sighting: Greenfinch

At least nine Greenfinches and a Reed Bunting in the garden this morning.

Andrew Baker

Goldcliff Lagoons- sea wall hide

Tue 5th Dec 2023

Main sighting: Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck. In left water body, behind the Island

Verity Picken


Sat 2nd Dec 2023

Main sighting: Linnet

A 250-strong flock of Goldfinch, Chaffinch and c.150 Linnet in the seed crop and garden this morning; c.20 Linnet skating on the pond (water available nearby), Brambling under the feeders and a few Reed Buntings in the hedge.

Neville Davies

Goldlcifff lagoons

Fri 1st Dec 2023

Main sighting: Species round-up

En-route to hides – little egret, numerous blackbirds, woodpigeons, magpies, crows, house sparrows, ravens, goldfinches, starlings, buzzard, and high numbers of fieldfares at least 500 – 600 with around 200 redwings at least. Hide one – the female merlin was perched on the fence to the right of the hide. All lagoons frozen, 120 teal huddled in the right hand corner. Hide two – 21 greylags, 176 lapwing with 107 dunlin grouped in the center, later joined by 61 black-tailed godwits, Canada geese, 12 curlew over, moorhen, 7 gadwall, 1 shelduck, pair of cettis in the brambles, 2 mute swans, 12 long tailed tits in the hedge line and a pheasant calling. Seawall – stonechat pair, 2 skylarks, meadow pipits, 49 wigeon. 3 more little egrets, mallards and 23 more curlew. Hide three – the female merlin was sat on the concrete post opposite the hide affording great views, 4 shoveler, raven, 2 oystercatchers, robin, dunnock and blue tits. Back at hide two – 2 snipe and female kestrel. Back at hide one – 7 song thrush feeding together and 2 more pairs of stonechats. Notes re the merlin – she frequents the lagoons and just over the sea wall, then heads off in the direction of the seawall tea rooms, reappears around a hour and half later, hunts along the right side from hide 1 to hide 3 then goes back over towards the cafe area. Hope this helps.

Nicholas Beswick

Parc Nant-y-Waun

Sun 26th Nov 2023

Main sighting: Mandarin Duck

A male Mandarin on Machine Pond was a surprise on a dismal murky afternoon. The first I’ve seen on any of the Heads of the Valleys ponds.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 24th Nov 2023

Main sighting: Merlin and species roundup

8am start, 42 species. En-route to hides – colard dove, starlings, herring gulls, magpies, crows, blackbirds, redwings, fieldfares, woodpigeons, chaffinch, siskin and by hide 1 a male reed bunting and a chiffchaff feeding. Hide one – Greylags, 299 lapwing, 159 teal, 70 shoveler, 50 wigeon, pair of kestrels perched on fence line right of the hide and the adult and 1st year female marsh harriers hunting. Hide two – Moorhen, cettis, 2 cormorants, mallards, 3 gadwall, coot, raven and pied wagtail. Seawall – House sparrows, 11 curlew only, 16 oystercatchers, 11 shelduck only, black headed gulls, meadow pipits, 35 dunlin flying past and a high count of 351 Canada geese. Hide three – 19 more shoveler, 9 more gadwall, 23 more wigeon, 28 more teal, pair tufteds, pair stonechats, wren, buzzard, ls black-backed gulls and a female merlin flew across becs lagoon then perched for some time on the fence line left of the hide.

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Fri 17th Nov 2023

Main sighting: Jack Snipe

Jack Snipe flushed from the edge of the bog below the old Brynmawr reservoir. Pair of Stonechats on perimeter fence posts.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff lagoons

Wed 15th Nov 2023

Main sighting: Goldcliff roundup

Morning visit, 48 species. En-route to hides – robins, numerous fieldfares, wrens, large flocks of woodpigeons, crows, blackbirds, pied wagtail, smaller numbers of redwings, blue tit, magpie, goldcrest, kingfisher flying along the reen and 4 stock doves overhead. Hide one – 12 greylags, mallards, 5 knot, 224 teal (numbers building up now), 59 wigeon, single dunlin, 2 shelduck, 6 shoveler, 6 gadwall, 2 female marsh harriers hunting on and off all morning together (adult and 1st-year), skylark and starlings. En-route to next hide – cettis, chaffinch, long tailed tits, black headed and herring gulls. Hide two – 2 curlew, 1 heron, 2 mute swans, meadow pipits, male stonechat, 2 snipe, 2 cormorants and a female sparrowhawk which at one point harassed the adult marsh harrier. Marsh platform – coot, lt grebes and 5 more gadwall. Seawall – 31 more curlew, ls black-backed and 1 gt black-backed gulls, 183 Canada geese and a single grey plover. Hide three – barnacle goose and female peregrine which put up the 201 lapwing which did the ‘pumping’ action (i.e. flying high as a tight group to prevent the falcon diving from above).

Nicholas Beswick

Hafod Farm, Brynmawr

Mon 13th Nov 2023

Main sighting: Brambling

Male Brambling around all morning with many Chaffinches

Allan Dowson

Sluice Farm/RGW

Sat 11th Nov 2023

Main sighting: Merlin

1f-Merlin perched on a log on the salt marsh before flying off.2-m+f-Peregrines perched on the wooden groyne within ten yards of each other.Also 32+Pied Wagtails on the field leading to the sea wall,party of 8-LTTs.10h40-12h30.

Nicholas Beswick

Waunavon Bog

Wed 8th Nov 2023

Main sighting: Fieldfare

Dusk visit. Flock of 150 Fieldfares over, to roost on the slope of Coity Mountain. A few more around Milfraen Pit. One Meadow Pipit. Earlier, a Woodcock flushed from the woodland near Hafod Road, Brynmawr.

Paul Lidgett

Black Mountains. between Bal Mawr and Chwarel y Fin

Tue 7th Nov 2023

Main sighting: Snow bunting

Single bird, very confiding – got very close (photo available)

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