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tony & jan jenkins

saltmarsh lane

Sun 9th Jan 2022

Main sighting: barn owl

Arrived at car park @ 1345hrs and while waiting for a parking spot, Jan spotted a barn owl quartering the fields near the cottage, it flew close to the field gate before heading east towards Goldcliff area, great to see in daylight.
Walked around to the lighthouse but quiet birdwise with a flock of 50 goldfinches, a couple of water rail calling and single cettis calling.
On the foreshore a few curlew and small numbers of shelduck and wigeon.

chris Stone

Black rock

Sat 8th Jan 2022

Main sighting: Brambling

single bird amongst Green finches in pre-roost

Ed Stevens

Black rock

Fri 7th Jan 2022

Main sighting: Barn owl

Single barn owl hunting over salt marsh east of black rock at 17:10.

Verity Picken


Thu 6th Jan 2022

Main sighting: Lesser Redpoll

My first Lesser Redpoll in the garden since March 2021; also Reed Bunting and 3 Brambling under the feeders. At least 4 Lesser Redpoll seen yesterday at Llanbadoc.

Hywel Davies


Thu 6th Jan 2022

Main sighting: Blackcap

Male blackcap on garden feeders in St Julians

Bob Potter


Wed 5th Jan 2022

Main sighting: Redwings

Small flock of 25 Redwing flying over fields North of Caldicot.

Neil Farr

The Black Mountains

Wed 5th Jan 2022

Main sighting: male bullfinch & redpoll

At Stanton on one of the Brynarw house’s was a pied wagtail on the roof. Further along the road travelling north were 2 buzzards ( in different locations ).
Just after Bugle Bridge on the right side of the road on top of the hedge resting on bracken was a male bullfinch. In Llanthony next to the Afon Honddu in the fields were 20 chaffinch.
Near the top of Cwm Bwchel was a blue tit and wren in the bracken and to the left of the path on silver birch trees was a coal tit and 2 treecreepers. In Llanthony wood ( North ) there was a coal tit and Britains smallest bird, a goldcrest flittering around in the conifer tree’s. In hazel tree’s next to Sunnybank was a female and another male bullfinch. 3 bullfinches seen today!.
Finally, coming off the hill below Troed-rhiw mon was a redpoll on short-sized alder tree’s just before the fields, a fairly rare bird for this area.

David Adams


Wed 5th Jan 2022

Main sighting: Goosander

The lake at Drybridge Community Nature Park has been busy with Goodander this week; I saw five birds fly off this morning at ca 1000 when a dog disturbed them, including 2 males, but a pair left earlier, and a single male had arrived, so it was hard to keep track of totals. There were two pairs fishing there on New Years Day at 1000. The barking dog didn’t disturb the Kingfisher!

John Bennett

Usk in garden

Wed 5th Jan 2022

Main sighting: Blackcap

male blackcap seen in garden in Usk

tony jenkins

Devauden road

Tue 4th Jan 2022

Main sighting: woodcock

Roding woodcock over Vedw road at 1645 hrs

Ed Stevens

Black rock

Tue 4th Jan 2022

Main sighting: Barn owls

2 hunting barn owls over salt marsh east of black rock at dusk

tony & jan jenkins

goldcliff lagoons

Sat 1st Jan 2022

Main sighting: marsh harrier

After a quiet start the sun made a brief appearance which woke up a kestral, female peregrine on the seawall, female marsh harrier quartering the seawall from the Wetlands, good views of the pale phase buzzard at the red barn area, a couple of pairs of stonechat, cettis and 3 little egrets in nearby field.
Later at the Bryn Oxbow, red kite, 2 female goosander, 2 grey herons and single egret coming to roost.

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