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Sightings

Allan Dowson

Peterstone Gout

Wed 24th Nov 2021

Main sighting: Marsh Harrier

1female Marsh Harrier this morning.Also,yesterday at Goldcliff late afternoon a Short Eared Owl on a fence post.

Tadhg Burrell

Monmouth and Brecon canal

Tue 23rd Nov 2021

Main sighting: Water rail

2 water rails – sighted both of them briefly as they scampered back into the reeds. Both birds were loudly calling back and forth from then on.

Blair Jones

Pontypool Folly

Sun 21st Nov 2021

Main sighting: Woodcock and winter thrushes

Flushed a Woodcock as I walked the path. As the morning progressed lots of Redwings and Fieldfare. Several flocks of Woodpigeons moving through. Raven and Buzzard kept me company

John Lewis

Garn Lakes

Sat 20th Nov 2021

Main sighting: Fieldfare

Pre-roost gathering of 130 Fieldfare in the cutting just above the lakes and just 1 Redwing. Also 3 Raven but sadly no Owls or raptors.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 20th Nov 2021

Main sighting: Dartford Warbler

It was brought to my attention today by David Gilbert that a birder named Chris ( apologies I don’t know his surname) had taken photos of a Dartford Warbler ( female) today at Goldcliff Lagoons. Chris had seen it with a Stonechat opposite Hide 1 . The bird was later seen by David and Chris again at Hide 1 and Hide 2 ( onto of the brambles). I later saw it from a distance on the brambles at Hide 2. Photos are good and are online on various social media spaces.

Nicholas Beswick

Hafod Farm, Brynmawr

Fri 19th Nov 2021

Main sighting: Woodcock

Two Woodcock over at very last light (17.00) up from Clydach Gorge

John Lewis

Collister to Magor Pill on rising tide

Thu 18th Nov 2021

Main sighting: Shorebirds.

41 species including 52 Shelduck, 32 Mallard, 62 Curlew, 1Turnstone, 54 Knot, 200 Dunlin, 1Redshank, 3 Great Black -backed Gull, 1Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 2Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 40 Rook, 1Cetti’s Warbler, 1Mistle Thrush, 48 Redwing, 19 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat -pair, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Meadow Pipit

Neville James Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 17th Nov 2021

Main sighting: Water Rail

Afternoon visit. Good numbers of fieldfares (at least 300 compared to about 100 redwings), some continental race blackbirds mixed in too. 1 little egret in the field, good numbers of lapwing with 194 on the lagoons and another 147 on the mudflats, teal 85, curlew 7 on the lagoons 84 on the mudflats, shoveler 26, shelduck, oystercatcher, wigeon now at 382, 1 snipe only. Seawall – 10 meadow pipits around the field by the farm with robin and a stonechat mixed in, male sparrowhawk hunting and 230 dunlin. 10 black-tailed godwits with a few redshanks and a male kestrel perched on a post with a female hunting nearby. Back at hide 1 a water rail was ‘squealing’ in the low reeds in front of the hide. Water levels great for ducks but not enough exposed mud for waders anywhere, shame.

Nicholas Beswick

Brynmawr

Tue 16th Nov 2021

Main sighting: Grey Wagtail

A Grey Wagtail on a roof in the town centre was a surprise. Female Stonechat near Brynmawr School. Around a hundred Fieldfares on Hafod Road.

Mark Davies

River Usk , Abergavenny

Tue 16th Nov 2021

Main sighting: Mandarin Duck

Male Mandarin on river just up from Llanfoist bridge . Also a Little Grebe

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Sat 13th Nov 2021

Main sighting: Fieldfare

Around 500 Fieldfares going to roost near the old Brynmawr reservoir. Just a couple of Redwings with them. Two Stonechats nearby.

Allan Dowson

Goldcliff

Sat 13th Nov 2021

Main sighting: Turnstone

38-Turnstones on the tidal mud and rocks towards the point.1m-Marsh Harrier,several pairs of Stonechats and 20 or so Fieldfares.11h00-13h00.

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