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Mark Davies

River Usk Abergavenny

Wed 14th Dec 2022

Main sighting: Lapwing

Walk along the Usk from Llanfoist to Llanwenarth had 3 Lapwing , 4 Teal (1m 3f) , 2 Kingfisher , a Dipper , 3 Little Egret , a Sparrowhawk , a Treecreeper , a Nuthatch , a pair of Stonechat and 3 Otters . Also on Wednesday a single snipe in the field near the church and the Little Owl is back in the barn .

Nicholas Beswick


Mon 12th Dec 2022

Main sighting: Water Rail

Parc Nant-y-Waun: Water Rail foraging around the Mustard Pond. A very occasional visitor locally and our first record in the Parc. Elsewhere, a group of five Lesser Redpolls and a Stonechat. Woodpigeon and Collared Dove calling despite dismal weather.
Waun Pond: many Herring Gulls on ice or bathing along with a few LBB and BHs. Nothing unusual, yet…

John Davies

Goytre A4042

Thu 8th Dec 2022

Main sighting: Barn Owl

Barn Owl fly over Goytre A4042

Adrian & Charlotte Edwards


Thu 8th Dec 2022

Main sighting: Spoonbill

Spoonbill flying over reserve (didn’t see it wading) from Snipe screen 11am;
Around 48 species across Goldcliff and Nash including spotted redshank, ? 1000 dunlin; snipe; linnet, blackcap (M), greenfinch 3; GS woodpecker 3 – but still dipped the dartford and the black redstarts!

iain crawford

Monmouth showground

Tue 6th Dec 2022

Main sighting: Common gulls

180 common gulls

Lucy Robertson

Gaer Fort, Newport, Gwent

Tue 6th Dec 2022

Main sighting: Green woodpecker

Today on a walk with my dogs in Gaer Fort, Newport, I spotted a large bright green bird with a red cap. I was un sure what it was at first and thought it could be a ring necked parakeet now common in the UK. However it was too large and was solitary. It flew off from the ground as I got closer, into a tree. When it flew it would repeat a couple flaps of the wings and then dip with its wings tucked in. After some research at home I found out it was a green woodpecker, which my mum said are now less common here.

Brian Thomas


Tue 6th Dec 2022

Main sighting: Swallow

This am: Swallow X 3 from sea wall also black redstart.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff lagoons

Sat 3rd Dec 2022

Main sighting: Dartford Warbler

Mid-morning visit – Collard dove, chaffinch, redwings, woodpigeons, buzzard (light-phase bird), pheasant, crows, moorhens, starlings, goldfinches, fieldfares, mute swan, goldcrest, song thrush, dunnock, great tit. Hide 1 – good count of 350 lapwings, 66 wigeon, 6 shelduck, wren, 3 snipe, 6 black-tailed godwits, 14 redshanks (spotted redshank mixed in), female kestrel, 25 teal, 10 shoveler, Canada geese. Hide 2 – herring gulls, black headed gulls, ravens, cormorant, 14 greylag geese, 1 little egret. Seawall – 11 curlew only, oystercatchers and a small flock of dunlin. Hide 3 – the Dartford warbler had been seen earlier from the Marsh platform, no luck for me there, but I located it opposite hide 3 where it was frequenting the reeds and vegetation with a pair of stonechats, female reed bunting, cettis warbler and a robin. Meadow pipits and 3 gadwall also seen.

Nicholas Beswick

Hafod Farm Brynmawr

Wed 30th Nov 2022

Main sighting: Brambling

A lovely male Brambling with the Chaffinches this morning. Except for last winter, only a very occasional visitor.

David Adams


Sat 26th Nov 2022

Main sighting: Tufted Duck

There was a young male Tufted Duck diving just below the Monnow Bridge in Monmouth today at 11.00, amongst the usual Mallards

Keith Roylance

Llandegfedd Reservoir

Sat 26th Nov 2022

Main sighting: Redwing

The GOS walk at Llandegfedd Reservoir this am led by Gavin Vella identified the following species: Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Goldcrest, Tree Creeper, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Meadow Pipit, Raven, Carrion Crow, Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Wood Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Lesser Black-back, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Cormorant, Goosander, Mallard, Wigeon,
Teal, Canada Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Pied wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Siskin, Goldfinch,
Bullfinch, Grey Heron.

Neville Davies

Boat Lane and sea wall

Sat 26th Nov 2022

Main sighting: Waders

Woodpigeons, blue tits, great tits, blackbirds, wrens, 2 herons, 15 widgeon on the pool, long tailed tits, starlings and chaffinches. Sea wall / saltings – another 156 widgeon, Canada geese, song thrush, mallards, fem sparrowhawk perched up, skylarks, meadow pipits, kestrel, 31 curlew, 12 redshank, 10 knot, 15 grey plovers, 300+ dunlin, buzzard, cormorant, shoveler, teal, adult gt black-backed gull, herring gulls, fem marsh harrier and a robin.

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