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A new era dawns

A new era dawns. Today marked my first visit to Goldcliff Lagoons since the sad death of  Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. She was a great and very respected monarch throughout the world.  Her passing marked the end of the modern Elizabethan era and the dawn of a new one. King Charles III has now ascended to the throne - "God save the King". The new era will be called the Carolean age under King Charles III. I thought his first speech was very touching and I believe he will be a great King like his mother. We also now have a new Prince of Wales with Prince William taking on his father's previous titles.  Every time I now take picture of the second Severn crossing - namely the Prince of Wales bridge there will be a different face that now pops up in my head. The Prince of Wales Bridge I've had a very stressful and busy week myself and I was in real need of some bird therapy today for a few hours to take my mind off things. A visit to Goldcliff Lagoons alway

My first twitching experience - the Common Rock Thrush at Pwll Du.

Today was my first twitching experience and it all happened practically on my own doorstep. Gwent has had a super rare visitor for the last two weeks. A Common Rock Thrush ( Monticola saxatilis).

It seems that the consensus of opinion has concluded its juvenile male that has got well and truly lost on its migration to Africa. Some how it needs to find its way to the Sahara fly across it and winter in a nice hot location towards South Africa!

Some may think Pwll Du , Blaenavon must be giving it quite a shock but the bird lives in the summer in upland mountainous regions in Europe so it may be able to cope for a short time.

I hope it stocks up on some food and then when there is a break in the stormy weather it continues its journey to warmer Africa.

I have never seen so many birders today in Pwll ddu. I am normally used to just my own company and seeing the occasional person walking a dog. There was a small army of twitchers who had gathered from all four corners of the UK - unbelievable.






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