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.


Diana Wilding

near old railway line above Govilon

Sun 5th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Leucistic Buzzard

Feeding on earthworms, pure white other than wing feathers.

Blair Jones

River Usk, near Olway Farm

Sat 4th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Blair Jones and Steve Doolan

1 x Smew ( Drake). Showed from a distance.

Blair Jones Nev Davies and Steve Doolan

Goldcliff Lagoon

Sat 4th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Glossy Ibis and Goldeneye

Priors was the busiest Lagoon. Glossy Ibis showed really well. Duck Species – Goldeneye , Wigeon, Mallard, Gadwall , Tufted Ducks,Shovelere,Shelduck and Teal. Other Wildfowl – Mute Swans, Coot, Little Grebe,Moorhen, Greylag and Canada Goose.
Others around the reserve- Peregrine, Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Blackbirds, Blue Tit, Robin, Filedfare,Meadow Pipit,Stonechats, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove,Raven, Magpie and Carrion Crows. Waders- Curlew and Spotted Redshank(?).

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Point

Sat 4th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Turnstones

Sunrise at Goldcliff Point near the seawall and last set of groins. 43 x Turnstones, 10 x Curlew 3+ Oystercatches, 4 x Pied Wagtail, 6 x Shelduck, 6+ Starlings , 12 x Wigeon, 2 x Mallard, 5 x Lesser Black Backed Gull, 4 x Herring Gulls, 4 x Carrion Crow and 1 x Black Headed Gull.

Allan Dowson


Sat 4th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Smew

The male Smew showed well in the company of ten Goldeneyes 6f+4m,Also slightly further up river two Goosanders m+f. Seen from the same spot as previous sightings.10h15-12h30

Verity Picken


Fri 3rd Jan 2020

Main sighting: Bewicks & Whooper Swans

Bewick’s and Whooper Swan SIGHTINGS WANTED. The International Swan Census is taking place on 11th/12th January. So that we can ensure that all sites in Gwent are covered that weekend could you please send location details of any sightings of either species seen this winter (2019/2020) to . Sites for Mute Swan flocks would also be appreciated.

Mark Waldron


Fri 3rd Jan 2020

Main sighting: Spotted Redshank

Spotted Redshank roosting on Prior’s Lagoon where the Glossy Ibis was feeding.

Mark Waldron


Fri 3rd Jan 2020

Main sighting: Smew

Drake still present near the layby on the bend.

Nicholas Beswick

Parc Bryn Bach

Fri 3rd Jan 2020

Main sighting: Goldeneye

As well as the usual suspects, two female Goldeneye, one female Goosander and one male Pochard.

Simon James Bedford

Llandegfedd North Shore

Thu 2nd Jan 2020

Main sighting: Wildfowl

Sor Bay to Green Pool .45 LBBGull inc.peregrine Kill ..6 Goldeneye 140 wigeon 14 goosander (3red heads ) 43 teal mostly fem. 14 mute swan 4cormorant 112 canada goose 300 plus BHGull 1 little egret 3 grey heron Raven displaying 5 moorhen 15 coot .Blackcap singing near green pool hide 4 GBBGull male sparrowhawk pair buzzard . 2 meadow pipit (I hope ) ..30 linnet and a very Ill chaffinch .

Graham Thomas Thorne

River Ebbw Risca by Fire Station

Thu 2nd Jan 2020

Main sighting: Goosander

Male and Female goosander head in water looking for fish ,also 2 Female goosander flying past up river ,

Chris & Theresa Stone


Tue 31st Dec 2019

Main sighting: Smew

drake seen well eventually south of Usk late afternoon between Craig Olway farm and next layby from town.

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