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Tadhg Burrell

Avon Lwyd / Cwmbran Boating Lake

Sun 18th Jun 2023

Main sighting: WBBS Late Visit

Late visit for WBBS. Less notable species than early (no dipper & goosander). Main boating lake was teeming with mallards in eclipse at least 50-60+ as well as some females with ducklings of various ages. 2 pairs of coot with chicks, 2 cormorant and lots of LBB Gulls. 6 grey wagtails – a pair with 4 young feeding on rocks in faster flowing stretches of the river.

Keith Roylance

Trellech Heaths

Sat 17th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Tree Pipit

Stephanie Tyler led a successful walk around Trellech Heaths for 10 GOS members. Sightings included: Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, House Martin, Tree Pipit, Wren, Robin, Redstart, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Firecrest, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Siskin and Linnet. Also seen were Fallow Deer, Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly also Emperor dragonfly. Common Spotted Orchid in significant numbers. Thanks to Steph for an interesting walk.

Verity Picken


Sat 17th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Invisible Curlew chicks

Although the chicks were hidden in long grass two adult Curlews standing guard on the wall surrounding the nest field indicated that chicks were definitely present! Waiting to see how many. Keep your eyes peeled please, Gwent birders.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 17th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Green Sandpiper

Dawn – 9am visit. Hide one – Magpies, pheasant, wren, chiffchaff, blackcap, common whitethroat, crows, ewarbler singing, 4 herons, 3 swallows, skylark, 76 blak-headed gulls, linnets, 2 shelduck, coot, 3 oystercatchers, 26 little egrets, 2 great white egrets, Canada geese, 18 ringed plovers, 26 dunlin, 37 redshanks, 34 lapwing, 2 greenshanks, 3 cormorants, reed buntings, mallards, 2 curlew, lesser black-backed gulls, cettis calling. Hide two – 2 shoveler, 25 gadwall, 189 black-tailed godwits with bar-tailed mixed in, 3 avocet, greylags, marsh harrier, green sandpiper, starlings, blackbirds, 15 mute swans, family group blue tits, goldfinch and 11 sand martins.

Verity Picken


Wed 14th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Curlew chick

The first Curlew chick of the year was found this morning! Hopefully more to follow. Please keep your eyes open for chicks or agitated adults and send all sightings to .

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Sun 11th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Wheatear

Seven Wheatear territories, with some fledged young, on the Gwent part of the mountain. Count of thirty Linnets including a flock of twenty. Two male Cuckoos calling occasionally, one with some “cuck-cuck-oo” phrases.

Mark Whitaker

River Wye, Penallt

Fri 9th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Garden Warbler

On riverside path downstream from old railway bridge. At least 8 singing males, similar Blackcaps. 1 Dipper, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Bullfinch, number of House Martins collecting scarce mud at river’s edge. No Marsh Tits however. Several salmon (grilse) leaping. Also saw sizeable sewin (about 50 cm) under old Monnow Bridge in Monmouth.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 9th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Egrets

En-route to hides – magpies, pheasants, wren, chiffchaff, kingfisher in reen right of bridge, blackcap, 3 whitethroats, crow and blackbirds. Hide one – reed bunting, cettis, 2 gt white egrets (one ringed, lower left leg), 21 little egrets, 3 herons, 2 spoonbills, 38 redshanks, 5 cormorants, ls black-backed gulls, 194 black-tailed godwits, 6 gadwall, mallards, 1 swift, Canada geese, skylark, harriers, coot, 4 black-headed gulls, 2 oystercatchers, woodpigeons, 4 shoveler, 2 shelduck, greylags, 7 avocet, 7 ringed plovers, 2 dunlin, 1 curlew calling, reed warbler and starlings. Snipe platform – 2 pairs tufteds, 9 swans, 3 swallows. Marsh platform – unexpected male wigeon in amongst mallards and herring gulls. Hide three – 18 more avocet, male pintail, 11 more gadwall little grebe and 21 lapwing. Hide 2 on way back out – jackdaws, gt tit and a buzzard. A male cuckoo showed briefly.

jon holmes

coed morgan

Thu 8th Jun 2023

Main sighting: quail calling

10-30pm single bird calling. often heard at this location over the years

iain crawford


Fri 2nd Jun 2023

Main sighting: Ring-billed gull

Ringbilled gull feeding on dead pike (otter kill?) at Wye shingle beach. Kingfisher took 2 minnows below Priory St. 4 blackcap, 30 Canada geese, greenfinch, 12 house martin, 30 sand martin, 2 gsw, song thrush, grey heron, 2 juv ltt, grey wagtail, chiffchaff, 20 barbel, toad. Only June, already the Wye has a greenish tinge.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 2nd Jun 2023

Main sighting: White Wagtail

Morning visit. En-route to hides – 2 male pheasants, woodpigeons, wrens, crows, herring gulls, 2 chiffchaffs, magpies, robin, mallards, 2 herons, 2 whitethroats, reed warbler singing and jackdaws. Hide one – most of the activity was here with 190 black-tailed godwits, 5 avocet, 2 shelduck, blue tits, Canada geese, 11 redshanks, lesser black-backed gulls, 5 lapwing, 2 ringed plovers, 6 dunlin, 10 lt egrets, 2 shoveler, coot, a good count of 39 gadwall (my highest count here) with 5 more from hide 3, skylark singing, 3 oystercatchers and 4 cormorants (1 a juvenile). Hide two – buzzard, cettis calling, cattle egret in the usual spot on the island ,a single curlew came in and stayed for about 5 minutes, black headed gulls and a moorhen. Snipe platform – 2 male and 1 fem tufteds, 14 mute swans, greylags, little grebe and 1 swallow. Seawall – 6 more swallows, 85 starlings including juvs on the seawall, also 3 pied wagtails (1 juv), and a male white wagtail and 1 yellow wagtail mixed in, 2 sand martins with 18 house martins and 9 swifts. Hide three – sparrows, linnets, 14 more avocet, great white egret, another male tufted, juv male marsh harrier and on the way back another pair of whitethroats, one had nesting material.

Kevin Wood

Back Garden, Brynmawr

Thu 1st Jun 2023

Main sighting: Fledged Great tits and Starlings

At least 6 recently fledged Great tits being fed by parents and 8 fledged Starlings in a very busy back Garden. Also Blue tits feeding 8 young in nest box, Blackbirds with beaks full of worms and a very busy Robin. Jackdaws and Magpies on the hunt. Goldfinches and Greenfinches in front Garden and Chiffchaff heard.

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