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Tadhg Burrell

Mon. Brecon Canal Malpas

Thu 3rd Nov 2022

Main sighting: Water Rail

1 water rail in dense reeds, 5 mute swans (2 adult, 3 juvs), flock of long tailed tits, 1 bullfinch, groups of mallards and moorhens along canal.

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Mon 31st Oct 2022

Main sighting: Wheatear

A very confiding female Wheatear near the old reservoir. Female Merlin flying low and fast over the moor failed to flush anything.

Neville Davies

Ystrad Mynach

Sun 30th Oct 2022

Main sighting: Swallow

2 swallows passing mid-morning. Late afternoon over Blackwood, female peregrine tried her luck at a lone woodpigeon but failed (1550hrs).

Adrian & Charlotte Edwards

Peterstone Seawall

Sat 29th Oct 2022

Main sighting: High tide roost spectacular

Huge numbers of oystercatchers, redshank, curlews, dunlin (hundreds of each); also BHGs, shelduck at Peterstone on the roost with the very high tide today; also good number of shoveler, wigeon, teal, mallard; a few pintail; great black backed gulls; 1000 starlings; 6 little egrets; 1 grey heron, 1 kestrel; 2 grey plover; cormorants; coots (golf club lake); swans with cygnets; few ringed plover; big flocks of fieldfares and redwings; meadow pipits and pied wagtails; lots of corvids.
AND a crimson speckled moth

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 29th Oct 2022

Main sighting: Pintail

Dawn – 10.00. Chaffinches, skylarks, moorhens, crows, lots of fieldfares again but only 2 redwings, cettis calling. Snipe platform – 2 mute swans, robin, wren, 1 greenshank, 1 heron, 9 shoveler, Canada geese, pheasant, spoonbill still present, pair of kestrels, magpies, 1,200+ starlings, 19 snipe, 2 little egrets, 581 black-tailed godwits in 2 separate groups, linnets, excellent count of 178 knot, woodpigeons (large flocks high overhead), pied wagtails, pair stonechats, 93 lapwing, good count now of 103 teal, raven, 103 dunlin roosting but 206 seen in total, female sparrowhawk hunting (twice), blue tit, 1 ruff, meadow pipits, black headed gulls. Seawall – curlew, shelduck, ls black-backed gulls, 12 pintail, gadwall, cormorant. Blackbird, chiffchaff contact call from the hedge line. Hide two – 5 grey plover with 19 ringed plovers, pair of buzzards, goldfinches, jackdaws and collard doves.

Verity Picken


Fri 28th Oct 2022

Main sighting: Red Grouse

Two Red Grouse, 100+ Fieldfares over, 3 Stonechat this afternoon.

Marcus Doolan

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 27th Oct 2022

Main sighting: Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warbler spotted in the brambles near the Marsh hide around 4pm. Bird was still present on Sun 30th Oct as confirmed by Hugh Gregory.

Also present – Redshank, 4 or 5 Snipe feeding on the mud near the Marsh hide, Lapwing, Stonechat, plenty of Fieldfare feeding on berries (no Redwings though), few hundred Starling gathering in the neighbouring fields, Woodpigeon, Long-Tailed Tits and a Kingfisher near the bridge.

Verity Picken


Wed 26th Oct 2022

Main sighting: Saturday's GOS talk

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Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Mon 24th Oct 2022

Main sighting: Water Pipit

Water Pipit 1 Water Rail 1 Wight Wagtail 1 Teal 105 from Marsh VP. flock of 2000 starlings.

Brian Thomas

Pwll Du quarry

Sat 22nd Oct 2022

Main sighting: Ring Ouzel

11:00; 2 Ring Ouzel

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 22nd Oct 2022

Main sighting: Migration

Morning visit (57 species) – Song thrush, dunnock, robin, 1 buzzard, crows, moorhen, wren, greylag goose and a pipistrelle bat before dawn. Snipe platform – 5 lt egrets, 1 heron, 1 shelduck, meadow pipits, excellent count of 119 mallards, 23 shoveler, 39 teal (numbers slowly increasing), pheasant, 532 black-tailed godwits with a single bar-tailed mixed in and 7 knot, kestrel, pied wagtails, bullfinch, Canada geese, pair stonechats, herring gulls, 3 snipe, raven, 2 ruff, 48 lapwing, spoonbill showed at 0736, starlings, female marsh harrier, 6 grey plover mixed in with 39 golden plover, 45 redshanks, cettis calling, 5 stock doves, cormorant, good numbers of woodpigeons overhead, chaffinches, siskins, magpies, skylarks, collard dove and jackdaws.
Fieldfares put on an awesome display, flying low down in large flocks and landing in large groups on the edge of the lagoon to drink before moving on, in excess of 3,000 through with much smaller numbers of redwings.
Seawall – 15 wigeon on the water’s edge, 41 curlew, only 1 oystercatcher, 2 pintail, 97 dunlin, black headed gulls, flock of 43 linnets and 5 swallows through.

Simon James Bedford


Fri 21st Oct 2022

Main sighting: Visible migration

Over 600 (mainly Fieldfare) heading South East over Bullyhole Bottom yesterday at 1400 .Very high and block counted in 3 .Some Redwing in amaller groups and also a few mistle thrush ..Also High level mass Woodpigeon Movements with flocks well into the Hundreds .

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