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Neil Farr


Thu 18th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Marsh tit & Red Kite

Recently returned from a bird expedition where I watched 8 turnstones (7th) at Aberaeron ( north beach ), 12 turnstones (9th) below the pier plus the starlings at Aberystwyth. A majestic rare male hen harrier (10th) late afternoon/early evening on dowrog moor and 3 waxwings, a curlew and a redshank, both sites in pembrokeshire. In tree’s below the skirrid were 6 chaffinches. On the hill there were 2 wren’s, 10 blackbirds, 2 fieldfare’s, mistle thrush, red kite and a buzzard. On a bird feeder at the Steppes a marsh tit was feeding and a male sparrowhawk flew across fields next to Ty Newydd house.

Mike Smart

West Ouse Lighthouse, St Brides

Thu 18th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Curlew

Chris Wells and I continue to look for colour-ringed Curlews round the Usk estuary. Chris has seen observed several at Peterstone; water levels at Goldcliff have been a bit high for ring reading. So twice this week on very high tides I have tried St Brides; only about ten Curlews present this morning, none of them ringed If anyone sees colour-ringed Curlews, please let us know!
But lots of other birds as well, notably a huge Dunlin roost, probably 5000 birds, doing aerial evolutions and sitting shoulder to shoulder on the beach. Also 20 Grey Plover, 20 Knot, a Bar-tailed Godwit. And a Long tailed Duck was carried up the river by the tide, disappearing into Newport harbour, probably the one seen recently at Goldcliff. Lots of birds along the tideline including a Jack Snipe and three Chiffchaffs.

Bob Potter

Nederd Brook, Caldicot

Sun 14th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Black Swans

Black Swan midway up the Nedern Brook around midday, shortly joined closely, by a second Black Swan. The pair stayed closed together for the two hours of my visit. Others: Black Headed Gulls; Herring Gulls; Bullfinch; Robins; Blackbirds, Blue Tit; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Canada Geese (3); Common Gull (8); Coots; Gadwall (4); Grey Heron (4); Lapwing (10); Shoveler (2); Tufted Duck (20); Wigeon (70+); Teal (30); Mallard

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 14th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Avocet

Highlights of todays WeBS count; Avocet 53 Grey Plover 6 Pintail 6 Long-tailed Duck 1 Teal 150 Marsh Harrier Curlew 70 Black-tailed Godwit 40 Common Gull 1 Fieldfare 7 Greenfinch 2

Neville James


Sat 13th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Pintail

Single pintail quite high up above the River Rhymney, came from the direction of Caerphiily and heading towards Newport – approx 10.40am.

Neville Davies

Goldlciff Lagoons

Fri 12th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Amendment to weekly roundup

Forgot to add, two separate groups of snipe flew over seawall totaling 24 birds.

Neville Davies

Goldlciff Lagoons

Fri 12th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Avocets / Snipe / weekly roundup

En-route to hides – blue tits, starlings, crows, blackbirds, redwings, herring gulls, buzzard and magpies. Hide one – female kestrel, 21 curlew with 2 black-tailed godwits mixed in, 123 lapwing and woodpigeons. En-route hide 2 – robin and fieldfares. Hide two – 2 shelduck, 97 teal, 11 shoveler, Canada geese, coot, mallards, 7 greylags, song thrush, moorhen, shoveler, shelduck, 17 gadwall, fem marsh harrier and 2 little egrets. En-route to platform – goldfinches, great tits and 2 pied wagtails. Snipe platform – 1 heron and 2 black-headed gulls. Marsh platform – 4 male and 2 fem tufteds, meadow pipit and a pair of stonechats. Seawall – oystercatchers, 36 curlew, 2 cormorant, 12 redshanks, 39 avocet feeding close in, gt black-backed gull, ls black-backed gulls, 58 more wigeon, 1 grey plover and 1 dunlin. Hide three – 97 more wigeon, 86 more teal, 12 more shoveler, 5 more shelduck and a male marsh harrier hunting. En-route to car park – 2 stock doves in the field. Car park area – chaffinches, gt spotted woodpecker and a pair of bullfinches.

David Adams

Goldcliff - Monk's Lagoon

Wed 10th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Long-tailed Duck

A female Long-tailed Duck diving repeatedly on a nearly empty, ice-fringed lagoon at 1100 today. Watched for 10 minutes. Not there by 1300.

Ed Stevens

Caldicot pill

Mon 8th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Avocet, Bar-tailed godwit

Thos afternoon 5 avocet, 1 bar-tailed godwit, 52 pintail, 13 shoveler 1 grey plover

Lorraine north

Forest farm Cardiff alongside the canal

Sat 6th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Herons

Forest farm cardiff 13 roosting herons

Ollie Ray

Westfield Road, Monmouth

Sat 6th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Waxwing

We saw one waxwing trying to feed from mistletoe whilst being attacked by very unhappy mistle thrush.

tony & jan jenkins

Magor to Redwick

Fri 5th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Little Egrets

Afternoon walk on ebb tide started very quiet but eventually gave a flock of 30 dunlin heading upriver, 16 oystercatchers, a flock of 18 little egrets heading upriver, 3 grey heron, female sparrowhawk, single cettis and a male stonechat

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