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.


Christopher West


Wed 25th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Cuckoo

Cuckoo being pursued by small cuckold, gsw.

tony & jan jenkins

Newport Wetlands

Sun 22nd Oct 2023

Main sighting: woodpigeon

Usual Autumn displacement of woodpigeons flying west over reserve, flocks of 50 – 200 which over a 2 hour period probably in excess of 10,000 birds.

Verity Picken


Tue 17th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Willow Tit

One heard, then seen, between Five Paths and Nine Wells.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Tue 17th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Snipe

Quiet and water levels still very high. En-route to hide: crows, woodpigeons (larger groups now overhead of several hundred at a time), magpies, gt spotted woodpecker, goldfinches, 1 redwing only, 2 chiffchaffs, gt tit, robin, 1 stock dove, cettis and a moorhen. Hide two – 50 teal, 20 gadwall, 5 lapwing, 36 shoveler, 1 wigeon only, 2 cormorants, 3 curlew, starlings, 4 skylarks, 1 black-tailed godwit only, 3 fly-by ringed plovers, 1 greylag and a nice flock of 21 snipe flew past the hide. Snipe platform – almost devoid of birds with only 10 coot seen, 2 lt grebes and 4 more snipe. 6 house martins was nice to see as was a passage of 48 swallows aerial feeding. Seawall – herring gulls, wren, sparrows, Canada geese, shelduck, mallards, oystercatchers, 13 more wigeon, 10 more curlew, black headed gulls and a green woodpecker. Hide three – barnacle goose still present, 6 more shoveler, 9 more teal, 1 more gadwall, 3 lt egrets, 32 more lapwing, jackdaws and a pair of stonechats. Other: 2 red admirals and numerous common darters.

Neville Davies

Peterstone Gout / Sluice

Tue 17th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Redshank

Crows, mistle thrush, magpies, herring gulls, woodpigeons, 79 redshanks, mallards, 53 teal, 2 pintail, starlings, 1 heron, 1 cormorant, 48 wigeon, 142 black headed gulls, wren, 182 shelduck, 63 oystercatchers, 15 curlew, linnets, chiffchaff, 1 lt egret, chaffinch, blackbird, redwings and green woodpecker. Other: Numerous common darters.

Nicholas Beswick

Garn Lakes

Sun 15th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Kingfisher

The first frost of autumn at the lakes but a fine, sunny morning. Most action around the ‘school’ pond, with Kingfisher, female/immature Goosander and three Tufted Ducks, with Redwings in nearby bushes.

Tadhg Burrell

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 15th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Ruff

En route to hides: LT tits, chiffchaff and cetti’s singing, robin, 2 goldfinch, blue tit, 4 stonechat, meadow pipit, buzzard, jay, mute swans, 1 lapwing and woodpigeon overhead. 1st lagoon a single female ruff, shoveler and teal. 2nd lagoon, shoveler, teal, coot, 1 little grebe. Seawall: curlew, shelduck, blackwits, various gulls, Canada geese, little egret.

Nicholas Beswick

Gilwern Hill

Sat 14th Oct 2023

Main sighting: GOS members

The Magnificent Seven dodged the showers for a circuit of Gilwern Hill and a walk to Pwll Du quarry. Highlight, at the end of the walk, was a flock of 25 Fieldfares. Along the way Buzzard, Peregrine and Kestrel went over and a Raven kept a beady eye on us when we approached the quarry. Bushes laden with berries, except for Rowan (which seems to be the Ring Ouzel’s favourite). Stonechats showed well. Also several Red Admirals enjoying the sunshine.

Nicholas Beswick

Hafod Farm, Brynmawr

Sat 14th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Brambling

A corking male Brambling feeding with Chaffinches under our bird table.

Nicholas Beswick

Newport Wetlands Nash

Thu 12th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Wheatear

Two Wheatears on the paths around the reedbeds. Distant Red Kite high over the river mouth. Bittern in flight seen from the hide. Flock of around 200 Black-tailed Godwits over. Low tide: about 150 Shelduck and 16 Curlews on the foreshore. Kingfisher performing directly in front of the visitor centre.

Chris Le Clare


Tue 10th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Redwing

Ten birds flying over – first of the autumn.

Chris Dyson

Newport Wetlands

Tue 10th Oct 2023

Main sighting: Hoopoe

Was lucky to separately run into the Hoopoe also reported by Geoff North. It posed briefly in the middle of the path, north side of the reedbeds, east from the VC. Still in the area a few hours later but mobile.

Next event

8:30 am Outdoor meeting Trellech Heaths @ Trellech Heaths
Outdoor meeting Trellech Heaths @ Trellech Heaths
May 26 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Meet at Ninewells Car Park  SO 51495 03853 at 08:30 Moderate 2-3 hour walk