Please do not post reports of nesting birds or sightings of rare or Schedule 1 breeders. Sightings which might lead to disturbance will be removed.
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.
River south of Usk
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.
Peterstone Sluice Farm
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.
Thu 26th Dec 2019
Male Smew back viewable distantly from dam. Also 5 Goosander, 15 Mandarin and Kingfisher.
Chris West and digger
Wed 25th Dec 2019
Main sighting: merlin
F merlin, redwing 50, fieldfare, gsw and green woodpecker, 10 lt tits, pair goosander, cormorant, goldcrest.
Boating Lake, Llanyravon, Cwmbran
Main sighting: Goosander
Single bird (female or non-breeding male plumage) near small island in middle of lake.
Daniel Web/ Andrew Strong
Tue 24th Dec 2019
Main sighting: Glossy Ibis
Glossy ibis still present, otherwise quiet with adult male peregrine, c160 teal, c60 gadwall, c60 mallard, 8 tufted duck, 2 feral barnacles, cr Canada goose and 3 redshank
Hafod Farm Brynmawr
Mon 23rd Dec 2019
Main sighting: Woodcock
1645 – one Woodcock up over the house from the Clydach Gorge at very last light – the first this winter
Simon James Bedford
Llangybi Bottom (flooded)
Sat 21st Dec 2019
Main sighting: Swans
2 whooper and 59 mute Swan accompanying 4 shelduck !! 34 mallard and 6 snipe on the flooded water meadows below the village .
Tue 17th Dec 2019
Dunlop Semtex: 14 Goosander (6 male), Kingfisher, Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron
Machine Pond: 53 Canada Geese, Reed Bunting
Horsetail Pond: 9 Wigeon
Graham Thomas Thorne
River Ebbw Risca by Fire Station
Main sighting: dipper
Dipper flying up river,Pair mallard on bank .Male and 2 Female Goosander appeared in the rough waters and observed swimming around and diving into the river for fish .
blackvein forest crosskeys
Mon 16th Dec 2019
Main sighting: tawny owls
tawny owls heard calling in the blackvein forest 8.30 pm