Please do not post reports of nesting birds or sightings of rare or Schedule 1 breeders. Sightings which might lead to disturbance will be removed.

Sightings

Chris Stone

Goldcliffe

Sat 7th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Spoonbill

Sorry forgot to mention that the 2 Spoonbills were both juv’s

Chris stone

Goldcliffe

Sat 7th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Spoonbill

Spoonbill 2 juveniles, Garganey 2

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Sat 7th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Hen Harrier

Male harrier cruising over the moor below the old Brynmawr reservoir in the fresh westerly breeze. Two Stonechats and two Reed Buntings near the reservoir.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 5th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Bittern / Spoonbills/ Egrets

En-route to hide 2 – Robin, crows, chaffinch, gt spotted woodpecker, sparrowhawk being mobbed by jackdaws, magpies, starlings, woodpigeons, chiffchaffs (2 only), linnets and mute swans. Hide two – 79 teal, 61 shoveler, 2 gadwall, 1 lapwing roosting, moorhen, cettis, mallards, bittern flew in and landed edge of reeds to the left of the hide, skylarks, 4 ringed plovers which did not land, 2 pintail and a roosting garganey (possible second bird too). Snipe platform – herring gulls, shelduck, goldfinches, pair of spoonbill top right corner, great white egret close by them, 1 heron, 42 more lapwing, 22 coot, 12 gadwall, pied wagtails, 1 redshank only (did not land), siskin overhead calling, black headed gulls, lt grebe and a pair of tufteds. 15 curlew only birds from seawall. Hide three – pair of stonechats with a female whinchat, Canada geese, 9 greylags, pair kestrels, 1 barnacle goose, 18 more teal, 12 more shoveler, 11 more gadwall, 3 more lt egrets and a cormorant. 4 swallows seen only, no other hirundines. Other: 2 red admirals (quite breezy for butterflies).

Lorraine North

Maxine showfield

Thu 5th Oct 2023

Main sighting: 11 rabbits heavy infected with myximatosis

Machen

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff lagoons

Wed 4th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Spoonbill

Two Spoonbills flew in to Becs then moved on to Prior to feed.

Mike Smart

St Brides

Mon 2nd Oct 2023

Main sighting: Waders

With big high tides this weekend, a nice selection of waders on the beach by the lighthouse this morning: 3 Grey Plovers, 10 Ringed Plovers, 300 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint, 7 Knot, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Turnstone. Only a few Curlews, no rings seen. Also very large numbers of Shelducks, at least 770.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 29th Sep 2023

Main sighting: Rock Pipit

En-route to hides: Jackdaws, sparrows, magpies, buzzard, goldfinches, robin, crows, 5 chiffchaffs in trees by stone bridge, 2 skylarks overhead, gt tit, starlings, chaffinch, blue tit, heron, gt spotted woodpecker, ls black-backed gulls and linnets. Hide one: Female marsh harrier, 4 mute swans passing, 17 shoveler, 4 snipe, 11 swallows and blackbird. Hide two: Female kestrel catching hawker dragonflies and devouring them on bushes left of the hide, 44 more shoveler, 22 teal, female wigeon, 8 gadwall, 1 lt egret, herring gulls and raven. Snipe platform: 45 coot, 5 lt grebes, 2 more lt egrets, mallards and cettis calling. Seawall: Male wheatear on the sea wall, meadow pipit numbers now at 35, oystercatchers, curlew, shelduck, black headed gulls and a rock pipit amongst the rocks by the information sign (looking down onto the estuary). Hide three: 25 more shoveler, 37 more teal, Canada geese, 1 redshank only and 47 lapwing (which re-settled on lagoon 2). Other: common darters, 18 red admirals, large whites, 1 small tortoiseshell, migrant hawkers.

Kevin Dupé

Monk's Lagoon, Goldcliff

Tue 26th Sep 2023

Main sighting: Disturbance

There will be some disturbance at Monk’s Lagoon on Tuesday, between 9.30am and 10am when we carry out essential maintenance work. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 22nd Sep 2023

Main sighting: Coot numbers

En-route to hide: collard dove, 5 chiffchaffs together, robin, 31 swallows, magpies, 17 house martins, meadow pipits. Hide 2 – grey phalarope still present (far right hand corner of lagoon), 3 lt egrets, 48 teal mallards, 12 shoveler, 15 gadwall, jackdaws, 1 redshank only (water levels high again), crows, raven, 1 swan, 11 sand martins, curlew and Canada geese. Snipe platform – blue tits, starlings, 3 herons, goldfinches, high number of 43 coot, cettis, 15 more shoveler and 6 more gadwall, 5 lt grebes, stonechat, 5 skylarks and 7 red admirals on the hay bales, numerous migrant hawkers.

Neville Davies

Sea wall from Boat Lane, Goldcliff

Fri 22nd Sep 2023

Main sighting: Wigeon return

Wigeon have returned with a flock of 9 feeding amongst Canada geese. Also seen, collard doves, house sparrows, cettis, woodpigeons, goldfinches, 8 skylarks, swallows, moorhen, 2 swans, starlings, crows, sand martins, fem marsh harrier, gt black-backed gull, 2 curlew, 240 shelduck, black-headed gulls, oystercatchers, flock of 53 linnets, mallards, teal, buzzard, meadow pipits (at least 25 so could be migrant birds), 35 knot feeding together, heron, wren, 4 dunlin, pair stonechats, house martins, 6 stock doves was a nice surprise as was a little owl pellet.

Verity Picken

Llangybi

Wed 20th Sep 2023

Main sighting: Goshawk

A juvenile Gos seen from my kitchen window perched on a dead tree. Harassed and driven off by crows.

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