Sightings

Chris Stone

Sudbrook between pier and Black rock

Mon 15th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Med gull 2

Whimbrel 2

N J Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 13th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Passerines

Dawn – mid morning visit: 3 herons, 1 whimbrel over the lagoons (later re-located on the foreshore), 4 cormorants, 9 curlew (12 more on the mudflats, guessing they are slowly returning from the upland breeding sites)?, 5 lt egrets, 116 redshanks, 41 dunlin, 1 reed warbler singing, 5 skylarks, 56 oystercatchers on 2nd lagoon, 231 black-tailed godwits (a number in breeding plumage), only 8 of the 11 recently seen knot (4 in breeding plumage), 36 coot, 8 gadwall, 33 lapwing, 1 sedge warbler, 1 chiffchaff (contact call only), continual small groups of swallows (70 in highest count) with 91 sand martins mixed in, 6 swifts overhead high up, pair of tufted ducks, kingfisher on the edge of the reeds from the snipe platform. Along the hedgerow leading to the seawall was a family group of common whitethroats and a juvenile female redstart. Mudflats: 2 gt b b gulls, 1 common sandpiper on the rocks, the whimbrel again, flossy the glossy far out on the mud, shelduck with 9 young a common porpoise breaching. Back around the lagoons was a pair of wigeon,a juv and an adult female yellow wagtails (pictures on my twitter site later), 1 stock dove and the male marsh through. Numerous meadow browns on the wing and 2 small heath butterflies in the brambles by the entrance of hide 1.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 11th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Knots

Evening visit -11 x Knots on foreshore, Curlews making more of an apperance on lagoons. Big flock of Black Headed Gulls 1 x Med Gull (very clean) 1 x Med Gull (Scruffy). Monks and Becs – Scattering of Dunlins with Little/Ringed Plovers and Juvenile birds. Black Tailed Godwits on foreshaw and a few around the lagoons. Big flock of Redshanks on Priors. Great Spotted Woodpecker Juvenile often seem on the perimeter posts near seawall. Water levels now very low on Monks and Becs. Priors is like a green lagoon lots of algae

Chris Wells

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 11th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Mediterranean Gulls

3 Med Gulls 2 x adult 1 x 2 cy, 1 Common Gull, 236 Black-headed Gull, 119 Black-tailed Godwit, 33 Dunlin, 1 Avocet, 4 Little Egret, 1 Turnstone,

Chris Stone

Sudbrook/ Blackrock

Thu 11th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Med gull sum plum

plus approx 60 BH gulls. Ad Com gull last night.

Allan Dowson

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 10th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Black Tailed Godwits

149+ Black’Wits,1-ad Med.Gull in amongst a 150+ Black Headed Gull flock which contained four juvs. 1-Common Sandpiper,11-Knot of which 2 in BP,20+Sand Martins feeding over the shore line.10h30-12h30.

Roger Price

Peterstone Gout

Tue 9th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Herons

On the morning tide: 6 Herons, 3 Lgrt, 1 Cormorant, 365 Black Headed Gulls (4 juvs), 8 Curlew, 1 Blacktailed Godwit (SP),75 Redshank, 7 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Oyster catcher. A group of 16 Shelduck turned up including one free flying juvenile, which eventually tried to join the resident family of 11 large juveniles, but unsurprisingly, was rebuffed by the parents. A small dead Mustela was found, thought to be a young Stoat.

Iain Crawford

Bryn Arw

Tue 9th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Raven

Also raven and 10 linnets

Iain Crawford

Bryn Arw

Tue 9th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Green woodpecker

Green woodpecker, chiffchaff, blackcap, willow warblers, swallows, mipits, skylark, juv stonechat, juvbuzzard, jay.

Iain Crawford

Wyesham

Mon 8th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Green woodpecker

Green and greater spotted woodpeckers both heard calling from school grounds.

Allan Dowson

Wentwood

Sun 7th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Nightjar

Had fabulous views of a pair of Nightjars for more than half an hour.The female landed several times on the path less than 20 metres away.Directions to the spot i saw them,as follows;take a left turn out of the car park,don’t go down the long straight path but turn left again.On the left is an open area follow the path till you come to a small path to the left.Down this path are two large logs,this is where i saw them.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 7th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Snipe

Highlights of hightide count today: Snipe 2 LRP 2+2juvs Whimbrel 1 Black-tailed Godwit 70 Bar-tailed Godwit 1 Dunlin 56 Knot 7 Green Sandpiper 1 Wigeon 5 Teal 10 Reed Warbler 4 Mediterranean Gull 1 ad BP Black-headed Gull 160

Next event

Sep
28
Sat
2019
7:30 pm Wildlife in Spitsbergen – Revisited @ Goytre Village Hall
Wildlife in Spitsbergen – Revisited @ Goytre Village Hall
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Wildlife in Spitsbergen - Revisited @ Goytre Village Hall
This evening’s speaker, Al Venables, will take us to within 700 miles of the North Pole on this his second visit to Spitsbergen undertaken in 2017.