Sightings

Mark Waldron

Goldcliffe

Fri 3rd Jan 2020

Main sighting: Spotted Redshank

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

Mark Waldron

Usk

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

Usk

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.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Tue 31st Dec 2019

Main sighting: Goldeneye and Glossy Ibis

A very quiet high tide at Goldcliff Lagoons. I would advise wearing some wellies as the reserve is very muddy underfoot. The lagoons are full to thr brim. Only wader species of note were 21 Curlews ( no rings observed) feeding on edges of Becs. A flock of Lapwing flew over Becs and headed off to the Saltmarshes. Duck species seen were Goldeneye ( priors), Tufted Duck, Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Mallard and Shelduck. Glossy Ibis on Becs and flew off. 2 x Little Grebe on Priors.
Kestrel was hunting near entrance to reserve.

Simon James Bedford

Goldcliff Lagoons

Tue 31st Dec 2019

Main sighting: Various

48 shoveler 8 mute swan 24 mallard 34 teal 2 pochard 18 coot 2 snipe 12 shelduck Canada Goose Wigeon in low numbers LBBGull Marsh Harrier Male Raven Fem Kestrel

John Lawton

LLanbadoc Island

Mon 30th Dec 2019

Main sighting: Drake Smew

I got to the previously reported site at Llanlowell at about 1:30 and had missed seeing the Smew by about 30 minutes, waited for another 30 minutes and decided to try another day. On the way back to Caerleon I thought I’d check the river by Llanbadoc Church where I’ve often seen Goosanders. As I drove down the track that runs along the river bank I must have flushed the Smew as I saw it flying past me and down the river towards the trees in the next field, having been there before i know that it’s possible to get down to the river bank there and duly made my way over but as I went down the bank it must have been under the overhanging branches behind me and took off back towards Usk.Access was easier than previously as the car park was freshly resurfaced and the track free of potholes.

Jon Porter

Usk

Mon 30th Dec 2019

Main sighting: Smew

Still there. Upriver of lay-bys towards town.

Paul jones

Brookes factory car park, Rogerstone

Sun 29th Dec 2019

Main sighting: Muskovy Duck

The bird stayed around the car park all morning until Caerphilly bird rescue was called and they took it away. Photos on their website.

James Graham

Machen Mountain

Sun 29th Dec 2019

Main sighting: Kestrel

Very active Kestel hovering over Machen Mountain. Also, a Goosander duck in the nearby River Rhymney at Draethen.

Next event

Feb
15
Sat
2020
7:30 pm Eagles in Wales: past, present a... @ Goytre Village Hall
Eagles in Wales: past, present a... @ Goytre Village Hall
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Eagles in Wales: past, present and future? @ Goytre Village Hall
Rob Thomas will look at the history of Eagles in Wales, and the current research being carried out at Cardiff University to assess the feasibility of reintroducing Golden and White-tailed Eagles to Wales.Share this:TwitterFacebook

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