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Duncan Heryett


Mon 22nd Feb 2021

Main sighting: Barn Owl

1 Barn Owl quartering over fields by River Usk behind house northwest from The Hanbury.

Verity Picken

Ton, Llangybi

Sun 21st Feb 2021

Main sighting: Grey Partridge

Two Grey and two Red-legged Partridges in the garden – doubtless released birds although I haven’t seen any Greys in recent years.

Stefan Zitzmann

Beechwood Park, Newport

Fri 19th Feb 2021

Main sighting: Lesser Redpoll

Not only goldcrests, coal tits, a mistle thrush and a treecreeper came out in the rain this morning, but also two lesser redpolls (in the same location as I saw at least one a week ago).

Nicholas Beswick


Wed 17th Feb 2021

Main sighting: Skylark

Spring has sprung – maybe. Three Skylarks singing over the common. Mallards mating on one of the small ponds. Six Goosanders on the bottom pond at Beaufort Woodlands.

Mark Davies


Thu 11th Feb 2021

Main sighting: Fielfare

26 Fieldfare and 100+ Redwing in fields opposite Wernddu golf club . Also 4 flyover Lapwings

Stefan Zitzmann

Beechwood Park, Newport

Wed 10th Feb 2021

Main sighting: Lesser Redpoll

At least one lesser redpoll in the park in the afternoon. In the morning also a male blackcap and a singing chiffchaff.

Mike Diment

River Usk

Tue 9th Feb 2021

Main sighting: Smew

Male Smew plus 10 Goldeneye 1 mile south of Usk near layby.

Kevin Wood

Brynmawr Ponds

Mon 8th Feb 2021

Main sighting: 15 Goosanders and Wigeon

Regular local walk to Brynmawr Ponds, up to 15 Goosander on main pond near Asda, Mute Swan family doing flypast with cygnets. Machine pond also busy with 16 Wigeon, 40 Canada Geese, Tufted Duck, Cormorants and Grey Heron. Snipe in the reeds on the smaller pond near Bridge. Good numbers of birds singing including Song Thrush, Dunnocks, Robim and Wrens. Also saw pair of Bullfinches, Reed Buntings, Long tailed tits, Chaffinches and a Goldcrest. Raven over and Magpies at nest sites. Seeing up to 30 species during visit.

James Graham

Lower Machen/Rhiwderin section of Rhymney RIver Circular Walk

Sat 6th Feb 2021

Main sighting: Grey Herons

Group of grey herons standing on turnip patch. 3 buzzards overhead. Large group of linnets flitting around the winter stubble with their flock supplemented by other finches, especially chaffinches. Pair of Goosanders on the river. One skylark darted out of the riverbank onto the field near footpath. Lone fieldfare in oak tree.

Bob Potter

Nedern Brook, Caldicot

Sat 6th Feb 2021

Main sighting: Common Gull

Common Gull (x4) sat on posts along with Black Headed Gulls and the occasional Lesser Black Backed Gull.
Gadwall; Dabchick; Teal; Tufted Duck; Redshank; Widgeon; Canada Geese; Moorhen. Redwings; Green Woodpecker; Song Thrushes (singing); Buzzard. (and a Fox).

Kevin Wood

Brynmawr Ponds

Tue 2nd Feb 2021

Main sighting: Goosanders and Wigeon


Richard Morgan

Fields near Plas Machen, Lower Machen

Mon 1st Feb 2021

Main sighting: Merlin

Following the River Rhymney downstream from the iron bridge i stopped to view mixed species foraging amongst the Riverside trees inc. Common tit species, tree creeper, several siskin and a small party of redwing. Merlin flew in fast and low, scimmed over the treeline then down the other side. Also 2 skylarks singing in flight in fields near the old Plas.

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