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Neville Davies

Red Barn and Boat Lane

Sat 18th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Avocet

Red Barn area: 2 herons, 126 lapwing, 4 male and 3 female tufted ducks, 108 wigeon, 2 shoveler, 2 mute swans, pair gadwall, 1 cettis calling and 2 skylark overhead. Boat Lane area; 2 buzzards perched on sea wall and 1 overhead, 1 water rail squealing, 1 cettis calling, green woodpecker yaffling and 3 skylarks overhead. From the seawall – 380 wigeon, 56 teal, 48 mallards, 2 gt black-backed gulls and an interesting mix of waders with 17 avocet, 92 dunlin, 10 knot, 42 black-tailed godwits and 53 redshanks. Also seen near the wall, male stonechat, 4 wrens and a chiifchaff feeding in the foliage underneath the wall.

Neville Davies / Blair Jones

Goldcliff Point

Sat 18th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Turnstone

Dawn visit highlights: Grey heron 1, oystercatcher 5, curlew 4, shelduck 4, redshank 2, dunlin 19, teal 11 and a good count of 54 turnstone.

Denis Parkes


Fri 17th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Black-necked grebe

Peregrine, Black-necked grebe, Glossy ibis, at least 2 Goldeneye, little grebe, kestrel and good numbers of teal, wigeon, shelduck, gadwall and shoveller. Nearby (2 miles East) 90-100 fieldfare with 100+ starling and 20+ redwing.


Newport Wetlands Reserve

Thu 16th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Counters needed

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Neil Farr

The Bryn (church), nr. Abergavenny to Llanvihangel Gobion (church). Usk Valley Walk.

Sun 12th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Male Goosander

Three red kites above the Usk river and adjacent fields.
Four female goosanders, one male goosander and one little egret on the river.
Canada geese in the field, one cormorant and one grey wagtail on the shores of the river. Further on there were 10 herring gulls and one great black-back gull in a field, mute swans – some on the field others in pools.
One blue, one great tit and one great-spotted woodpecker in the trees and long tailed tits nr. Llanvihangel Gobion church. One buzzard opposite the river on the ground with prey, possibly a rook.

John Evans

Ynys y Fro Reservoir

Sat 11th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Long-tailed Duck

Single on the bottom pool loosely associating with a group of Tufteds. Bring your scope for best views!

Chris Forster Brown

Goldcliff lagoons

Thu 9th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Black-necked grebe

Black-necked grebe showing exceptionally well in front of snipe platform. At times, it was the closest bird. Also here were some sparkling teal, wigeon (200+) and gadwall. Glossy ibis also showing well, perching for a while on fence at edge of lagoon. A smattering of fieldfare, redwing and starling. Three female goldeneye. On the mud (estuary) were 30 or 40 dunlin and 53 grey plover. Further groups of wigeon on the sea. Have noticed an increase in bullfinch recently, perhaps there has been an influx?

Simon James Bedford

Llangybi bottom and Llanbadoc water meadows

Thu 9th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Swans

Two groups of mute swan feeding on crop ..32 at llangybi bottom and 28 at Llanbadoc ..Smew still present despite flood water putting 6 ft on the level of the river at the rear of the prison fields ..with that goosander and teal plus a single snipe flushed from the ditch adjacent to llanbadoc church .

Nicholas Beswick

Pen-y-Fan Pond

Thu 9th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Kingfisher

Kingfisher diving unsuccessfully on the north side of the pond. Adult Mute Swan and cygnet, group of five Goosanders – both unusual visitors. Four Cormorants, one in full breeding plumage.

Allan Dowson


Thu 9th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Pied Wagtail

A large flock of Pied Wagtails,i counted 101 but for sure more than that,on the saltmarsh halfway between Peterstone and Sluice Farm.10h00-12h30.

Allan Dowson

goldcliff lagoons

Wed 8th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Goldeneye

5f-Goldeneyes on Prior’s,1-Glossy Ibis,1-Black Necked Grebe,6-Avocets on tide line and 25+Grey Plovers.10h30-13h00.

Iain Crawford

The Bryn, Abergavenny

Wed 8th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Goosanders

Pair of goosanders, 7 collared doves, 30 canada geese, 7 herons, a little egret, a great spotted woodpecker

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