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Sightings

Chris Stone

Black rock

Thu 9th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Common sand

Common sand 4, Med gull adult, Redshank 7, Raven

Blair jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 9th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Spoonbill and waders

High Tide Visit Am : Monks (Lagoon 1) – 90 c Black Tailed Godwit Flock, 12 + Knots ( seemed more today), 8 x Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, Sanderling, 10+ Redshank, 14 x Oystercatchers, 6 x Avocets, 90 + Black Headed Gulls, 1 maybe 2 Common Gulls, 2 x Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 1 x Herring Gulls, 10+ Dunlins. 4 x Little Egrets, 1 x Spoonbill, 1 x Grey heron, 1 x Cormorant, 3+ Little Ringed Plovers , 10+ Ringed Plovers. Carrion Crows on the island. Pied Wagtails, Linnets and Starlings.

Chris West and digger

Oxbow

Thu 9th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Merlin

Group of 8 mistle thrushes, spotted fly catcher , f merlin flying upstream 6′ above water, red kite, buzzard, little egret,mallard with 2, week old ducklings (4 yesterday), swifts, pied wagtail.

Nicholas Beswick

Beaufort Common

Thu 9th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Little Ringed Plover

Two juvenile Little Ringed Plovers feeding by the new cycle path. Red Kite, Buzzard, two Swifts over. Reed Bunting singing. Flock of 60 Starlings but none with pink jackets…

Allan Dowson

Peterstone Gout

Thu 9th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Common Sandpiper

7-Common Sandpipers 10h30-11h40

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 8th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Erratum and Common Gull

Erratum – my previous post shpuld be dated 8/07/20.
Review of pics – Common Gull also seen on Monks in with the Black Headed Gull roost.

Toby Fountain

Goldcliff Lagoons

Tue 7th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Sandwich Tern

High tide evening roost, weather conditions: very windy. Most notable sighting was a trio of Sandwich Terns which briefly hovered over the BH Gull roost on Priors Lagoon. Waders included 150 + Curlew, 120 + BT Godwit, 50 Redshank, 38 Dunlin, 24 Knot (including 3 in summer plumage), 18 Lapwing, 16 Ringed Plover and 3 Turnstone. Also 6 Little Egret, Grey Heron and a Barnacle Goose.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Tue 7th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Spoonbill and waders

High Tide Am Visit- Highlight – Spoonbill observed on Becs and Priors Lagoons by a number of birders.
Monks Lagoon – 130+ Black Tailed Godwits, 12 x Knots, 8 + Turnstones, 10+ Dunlins, 20 + Redshank, 4 x Avocets, 14 x Oystercatchers 60+ Black Headed Gulls, 1 x Herring Gull.
4 x Shelduck..

Priors Lagoon – relatively quiet although Spoonbill settled on the lagoon and was still there at 12pm.

Other – Raven., Linnets, Swallows.
A male Marsh Harrier was seen by birders earleir in the morning.

B Thomas

Goldcliff lagoons

Tue 7th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Common tern

In addition to Blair’s report – 1 common tern.

Blair Jones, Paul Joy, Nicola Johns

Goldcliff Lagoons

Tue 7th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Additional - Turnstone

Also – watch out for a Turnstone in with the BTG and Knots on Monks Lagoon.

Blair Jones, Paul Joy and Nicola Johns

Goldcliff Lagoons

Tue 7th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Waders and Med Gull

Dawn Visit and high tide. Monks Lagoon – Busiest Lagoon at the moment : 100+ Black Tailed Godwits, 7 + Knot ( one is in nice breeding plumage), 20c Dunlins, 20+ Redshanks, 10 x Oystercatchers, 15+ Lapwings, 4 x Little Egret, 1 x grey Heron, 2 x Cormorants, 60+ Black Headed Gulls. x Mediteranean Gull ( checked my pics and confirmed, 1 x Common Sandpiper, 7 x Linnets, 1 x Raven, 7 x Carrion Crows. 6+ Shelduck. 2 x Little Ringed Plover, 10 + Ringed Plover. 1 x AvocetThere are some juves around. Priors was quiet – Usual coots and ducks. Becs had Ringed Plovers, 12 x Avocets, 6+ Redshanks , 10+ Black tailed Godwits and 20+ Black Headed Gulls.
Also- Swifts, Swallows and House Martins observed.
Dead shrew found near Seawall Hide.
Very cold and windy for July!

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Mon 6th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Waders

Afternoon visit at low tide. Out on the foreshore mud was a nice flock of 90+ Black Tailed Godwits. Mixed in with them were 7c Knot. They flew in and landed in Priors ( sea wall end) for a short time before being disturbed by a Buzzard. ( normal brown form).
Later they returned to Priors and landed in Priors near the Marsh Platform.
Als0 seen – Little Egret and Marsh Harrier ( female).

Next event

Jul
12
Sun
2020
8:30 am CANCELLED, Sorry. Broadmeend, Be... @ Beacon View car park (SO515054)
CANCELLED, Sorry. Broadmeend, Be... @ Beacon View car park (SO515054)
Jul 12 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Due to the current situation with regard to social distancing this walk has had to be cancelled. We hope to have it in our programme again in 2021. Meet Steph Tyler at 8:30 am at Beacon View car park (SO515054) for a moderate 3 hour walk in this largely unspoilt part of Gwent.Share this:TwitterFacebook