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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


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.

Verity Picken

Fields south of Usk

Sun 29th Dec 2019

Main sighting: Water Rail

Water Rail seen and heard squealing at dusk – first time at this location. Wigeon heard and 8 Snipe flushed.

Neville Davies

Mynydd Llangattock

Sat 28th Dec 2019

Main sighting: Raptors

A number of red grouse pellets / droppings found. Also of note, good flocks of fieldfares around the hawthorns near the escarpment. 1 buzzard, 1 kestrel, 1 male peregrine, 3 red kites and 5 jays.

Allan Dowson


Sat 28th Dec 2019

Main sighting: Avocet

36-Avocets on the tidal mud,1f-Goldeneye on priors and a Glossy Ibis showing well alongside priors.1-Peregrine perched on a fencepost for my entire visit.
Also, not bird related,a mole hill but more a mole ridge about eight feet long and two inches high near to the sea-wall.Not seen anything like this before.11h10-13h00.

Kim Waters

Gobion Oxbow

Fri 27th Dec 2019

Main sighting: 12 little egrets

12 litlle egrets flying over the oxbow. 2 x snipe, numerous common sandpipers

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Fri 27th Dec 2019

Main sighting: Red Grouse

A misty, murky walk up to the old Brynmawr reservoir, so finding two Red Grouse was a surprise. Also a Mistle Thrush singing in Clydach Gorge and a flock of 45 Starlings.

Verity Picken

River south of Usk

Fri 27th Dec 2019

Main sighting: Smew

The drake Smew, 9 Goldeneye, a pair of Mandarin, Goosander and a Little Grebe all showed well in spite of misty conditions this afternoon.

Neville Davies

Peterstone Sluice Farm

Fri 27th Dec 2019

Main sighting: Water rail

Only bird of note on a cloudy, drizzly dark day was a water rail on the left edge of the pool going in and out of the small patch of reeds.

Roo Perkins

Llandegfedd Reservoir

Thu 26th Dec 2019

Main sighting: Smew

Male Smew back viewable distantly from dam. Also 5 Goosander, 15 Mandarin and Kingfisher.

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