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Graham Agg

The Narth

Mon 26th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Nightjar

Nightjars churring faintly in the distance from direction of Beacon Hill at 22.30.

Elvet John Lewis

Prince of Wales bridge.

Sun 25th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Mediterranean Gull

While driving over the bridge to visit my family home, an adult Mediterranean Gull flew WSW in front of the car over the bridge at 9.06am . I originally posted this on the South Glocs. Whatsapp group, but on reflection it was probably on the Welsh side of the bridge !

Mr Graham Agg

The Narth

Sun 25th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Red Kite

Red Kite circling overhead around mid-day, also on 24th June being mobbed by crow.

John Lawton

Goldcliff Pools

Sun 25th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Spotted Redshank

A Spotted a Redshank in summer plumage originally seen in front of the first hide but relocated directly in front of the second giving excellent views. Also in addition to Neville’s previous list a Green Sandpiper on the mud behind the island on Monks and a Greenshank at the bottom of the island in Bec’s.

Mark Whitaker


Fri 23rd Jun 2023

Main sighting: Lesser Whitethroat

Just heard a male rattling close to my house near the centre of the village. Spotted Flycatchers around again this year but not apparently breeding in castle grounds though one successful nest in a garden nearby. Another nest abandoned due to disturbance from workmen. None nesting along lane to Hoaldalbert unlike last two years. Birds return to the area but not particularly faithful to former nest sites.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 23rd Jun 2023

Main sighting: Snipe

Dawn visit: En-route to hides woodpigeons, 3 chffchaffs, wrens, blackcap, pheasants, 3 whitethroats, reed warbler singing, crows, moorhen and magpies. Hide one – skylark, 3 gt white egrets (including the Ham Wall project ringed bird), 21 lt egrets, 3 herons, greylags and Canada geese. Hide two – cettis, 60 lapwing, 121 black-tailed godwits, 46 redshanks, 7 gadwall, 10 swifts, ls black-backed gulls, 7 swallows, 7 ringed plovers, 5 cormorants, 3 snipe, 3 oystercatchers, herring gulls, starlings, 5 black headed gulls and fem marsh harrier. Snipe platform – 67 mallards (most in eclipse plumage), 2 lt grebes, pair tufteds, 14 swans and 21 coot including juveniles. Single curlew only bird of note from the seawall. Hide three – 8 teal, 6 shoveler, 5 shelduck, lone female tufted and 18 sand martins passing. Back at hide two – pair of lt ringed plovers, female peregrine through, great tits and jackdaws. Plenty of early morning meadow browns on the wing.

iain crawford


Tue 20th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Yellow-legged gull

Yellow-legged gull with lesser blackbacks on boys’ school cricket field

Graham Agg

Trelleck Common

Mon 19th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Wood Warbler

Wood warbler singing among hardwoods.

Mark Whitaker

River Monnow between Kentchurch and Llangua

Sun 18th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Sand Martin

Active colony with a number of nest holes in Welsh bank – birds seen entering and exiting. Around 35 birds in flight. Sadly the few that nested in holes by the old bridge at Monmouth no longer appear to be doing so – unless anyone knows differently.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 18th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Wood Sandpiper

WeBS count: Highlights, Wood Sandpiper 1 Great White Egret 4 Little Egret 30 Bar-tailed Godwit 2 Black-tailed Godwit 267 Greenshank 3 Avocet 25 Gadwall 67 LRP 3 Stock Dove 1 Warblers: Blackcap Reed Sedge Chiffchaff Whitethroat Cetti’s.
Other: Marbled White 1 Common Blue 1 Large Skipper 1 Meadow Brown 12 Emperor dragonfly 1 Common Darter 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly 6

Tadhg Burrell

Avon Lwyd / Cwmbran Boating Lake

Sun 18th Jun 2023

Main sighting: WBBS Late Visit

Late visit for WBBS. Less notable species than early (no dipper & goosander). Main boating lake was teeming with mallards in eclipse at least 50-60+ as well as some females with ducklings of various ages. 2 pairs of coot with chicks, 2 cormorant and lots of LBB Gulls. 6 grey wagtails – a pair with 4 young feeding on rocks in faster flowing stretches of the river.

Keith Roylance

Trellech Heaths

Sat 17th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Tree Pipit

Stephanie Tyler led a successful walk around Trellech Heaths for 10 GOS members. Sightings included: Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, House Martin, Tree Pipit, Wren, Robin, Redstart, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Firecrest, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Siskin and Linnet. Also seen were Fallow Deer, Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly also Emperor dragonfly. Common Spotted Orchid in significant numbers. Thanks to Steph for an interesting walk.

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