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Graham Agg

The Narth

Mon 3rd Aug 2020

Main sighting: Crossbills

A party of about 10 crossbills were in Douglas Firs on the road from The Narth to Pen y Fan Green this morning.

Verity Picken

River south of Usk

Mon 3rd Aug 2020

Main sighting: Garden Warbler

River low, Himalayan Balsam high. Sand Martin colony still active, 56 Canada Geese including juvs, Garden Warbler, 2 well-grown juv Goosanders plus the head of a decapitated Goosander in the field. Be alert – ticks rife across the Severn.

Blair Jones

Garn Lakes, Blaenavon

Sun 2nd Aug 2020

Main sighting: Green Woodpecker

Walk around Garn Lakes. No sign of the Great White Egret on the upper pond.
Lots of Bull Finches around the lakes.
Buzzard being mobbed by Magpies, near the Whistle Pub . Later it was doing a balancing act on a telegraph wire.
Green Woodpecker showed well at a distance. Really impressed by the amount of wild flowers and insects on the site.

Blair Jones

Pwll Ddu, Blaenavon

Sun 2nd Aug 2020

Main sighting: Chats

Walk to the mast and back. Stonechats in the patches of bracken. Juvenile Wheatears , Linnets and Meadow Pipits. Pair of Ravens.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 2nd Aug 2020

Main sighting: Whimbrel

12noon – 1500hrs. Hide one – 2 house martins, 2 common sandpipers, 3 swallows and yellow wagtail calling. Redshank platform – 61 lapwing, 310 dunlin 6 of which were juvs, 3 shelduck, chiffchaff contact call, 2 greenshanks (1 in adult plumage), green sandpiper still present, 1 ruff (damaged leg), 6 ringed plovers and 5 yellow wagtails overhead. Snipe platform – 8 lt egrets (3 of which were juvs), 9 grey herons (3 of which were also juvs), 6 redshanks, ravens, 6 teal, another yellow wagtail over and a female reed bunting in the hedgerow. Marsh Platform – a single whimbrel passing was a nice surprise, possible juv spotted redshank (pictures awaiting confirmation). Seawall – 304 black-tailed godwits on the mudflats with 18 knot mixed in (no sign of any avocets), oysteratchers and 2 gt black-backed gulls. Hide three – 2 more yellow wagtails. Other: Green lacewing, numerous gatekeepers, meadow browns, small copper, large skipper and several hawkers species but too far to ID.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 1st Aug 2020

Main sighting: Amendment

Apologies, my sightings were for Saturday 1st not Sunday 2nd August.

Blair Jones , Paul Joy and Paul Stephens

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 1st Aug 2020

Main sighting: Waders

Dawn visit at high tide. All three lagoons this morning had good numbers of birds, especially waders.
Priors is going from strength to strength.
Todays list –
Black-Tailed Godwits ( total 300+) main flock on Priors and seems to be growing every week. Avocets, Dunlins, Redshank, Ruff ( not the one with the dodgy leg), Curlew, Lapwings, Common Sandpiper, Black-Headed Gulls, Gerring Gull, Lesser-Black Backed Gulls, Little Egrets, Grey Heron, Carrion Crows, Yellow Wagtails and Pied Wagtails. Loads of Geese and some Mallards.
“Flossy” the Glossy ibis put in an appearnce on Priors early on before dissapperaing into the reed bed.

Andrew & Janet Cormack

Garn Lakes

Sat 1st Aug 2020

Main sighting: Great White Egret

GWE still at upper lake. Lovely to point it out to a young birder, who then got a close range fly-past 🙂

Adrian & Charlotte Edwards

Blaen Bran and Twmbarlwm, Cwmbran

Sat 1st Aug 2020

Main sighting: Raptors

Sparrowhawk, red kite and buzzard all seen in / above Blaen Bran; also stonechat (lots on moors), wheatear, willow warbler, grey wagtail

Eddie Wang

Peterstone Gout

Wed 29th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Redstart

2 Redstart, 1 juvelnile Stonechat, 2 Common Sandpiper

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 29th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Ruff

Low-tide: Ruff 1 (injured right leg) Avocet 1 Green Sandpiper 1 Common Sandpiper 2 Little Ringed Plover 2 Ringed Plover 4 Dunlin 300 Knot 10 (one BP) Black-tailed Godwit 60 Redshank 40
Oystercatcher 50 Snipe 1 Curlew 20 Little Egret 12 Glossy Ibis 1 Mallard 55 Shoveler 4 Shelduck 6 Grey Heron 1 Stock Dove 1 Sand Martin 20 Raven 1 Pied Wagtail 2 Linnet 2
Black-headed Gull 150

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Tue 28th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Pied Flycatcher

Female/juvenile Pied Flycatcher in scrub by Hafod Road along with two juvenile Redstarts.

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7:30 pm CANCELLED, Sorry – A Peregrine O... @ Goytre Village Hall
CANCELLED, Sorry – A Peregrine O... @ Goytre Village Hall
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
CANCELLED, Sorry - A Peregrine Obsession @ Goytre Village Hall
Due to current social distancing requirements we are unable to hold indoor meetings. Simon Bedford will tell us about his relationship with peregrines, from schoolboy to Schedule 1 license holder, and introduce us to the ecology of this magnificent species.Share this:TwitterFacebook