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Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 18th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Curlews and other Waders

Dawn visit.
Becs Lagoon – Curlews x 350 = at high tide ( 10 colour ringed), Knots, Avocets x 12, Dunlin Flock.
Priors Lagoon – The wader flock remains – Black Tailed Godwits 350+, Knot 80+. Avocet x 2, Lapwings 50+
Greenshank x 2., Ruff x 2, Dunlin Flock 30+ ( 1 Curlew Sand seen).
Monks Lagoon –
Ringed Plover 30 + and Golden Plover x 1 , Dunlin 100+

Marsh Harrier ( male) put the wader flock up several times.

kestrel was also around the sea wall (Priors) end.

One Glossy Ibis thought to be Flossy was seen on Priors early on and on Monks. later

Blair Jones, Steve Doolan, Keith Roylance and Arthur

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 17th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Two Glossy Ibis and Great White Egret

What a suprise it was this morning to see two Glossy Ibis on Priors. I would provisionally say its “Flossy” the Glossy Ibis our resident bird and a new smaller juvenile. Only time will tell and I will do some comparison of recent archive pics of Flossy.
Later in the morning a Great White Egret landed on Monks Lagoon directly in front of Hide 1 affording great views.
Also seen-
Priors – The wader flock – 120 + Knots, 250 + Black Tailed Godwits, 2 x Ruff, 2 x Greenshank, 30x Redshank , 120+ Dunlin ( Curlew Sand and Little Stint reported seen on Monks by birders).
Becs – 67 Curlews at Dawn and 50+ on the saltmarsh. 2 x Avocet.

Marsh Harrier ( male) caused havoc, Peregrine and Kestrel seen.
Karge numbers 60c of Shoveler Duck.
Also – 4 x Long Tailed Tits, Wren, Blie Tits, Great Tits, ,eadow Pipits, Skylark and Pied Wagtails, 2 x Little Egrets, 2 x Grey Heron, Teal, Mallard, Shelducks and Raven
Good passge of Hirundines moving through the lagoons.

Nick Saunders

River Severn opposite Denny Island

Tue 15th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Osprey

Osprey seen fishing at low tide just west of carpark accessed from lane past Magorpill Farm and Water Treatment works. I had seen the bird here briefly two weeks previously. Perhaps it is here for a while, and certainly was fun to watch.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Mon 14th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Hobby , Vismig and Waders

Dawn until almost duck visit yesterday.
At dawn there was a large number of Curlews on Monks 120+. There was probably a lot more and other Curlews on Becs Lagoon but I it was practically dark so I could not count them. They flew the minute it got a little light.
Throughout the morning the wader flock of Black Tailed Godwits, Knots , Lapwing,Dunlins,Redshanks and Waders remained on Priors quietly on Priors. Snipe were showing well on Priors.
A large flock of House Martins and Swallows were feeding and drinking over Priors and there were also some Sand Martins.
Vismig was being done by Dan Webb and Andy Strong – there was a flow of Meadow Pipits coming through but not as much as previous visits.
Wheatears were showing well around the SeaWall Area. The fencing was alos a favoutite of the StoneChats
PM visit – the wader flock moveed regulalry when startled. Gavin Vella spotted a Hobby near the farm and we had good views.
Later a Sparrowhawk had a goo at the wader flock.
Lots of Dragon flies – including migrant hawkers and Common Hawkers

Stefan Zitzmann

Newport Wetlands

Mon 14th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Hen Harrier

Male hen harrier flying over Newport Wetlands at around 16:10, heading towards the east.

Kevin Dupé

Goldcliff Lagoons, Newport Wetlands NNR

Mon 14th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Disturbance at Goldcliff lagoons

There will be some disturbance in the late morning at Goldlcliff Lagoons on Tuesday 15th September, when the flood defenses are inspected. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Machen river Rhymney

Sun 13th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Goosander

Goosander 3 redheads Grey Wagtail 2 Chiffchaff 1.

Blair Jones and Paul Joy

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 12th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Great White Egrets and waders

Arrived before dawn. Great White Egrets x 3 on Monks Lagoon near the sluice. ( Record pics on Twitter).
Priors Lagoon. – The wader flock was concentrated near the Marsh Platform. Glossy Ibis x 1, Black Tailed Godwits x 250+, Greenshank 1, Knots x 100c. Redshank x 30, Lapwings x 40, Dunlin x 8. Snipe x 8 ( more also seen around the reed edges. Peregrine x 1 attacked wader flock. Short time after a Black Tailed Godwit was observed trying to stand and failed and later seems to have died.
Vismig observed – lots of Meadow Pipits passing through, Swallows and House Martines. Yellow Wagatils and Wheatars. Chiff Chaffs calling from hedgerows
Foreshore – Oystercatches x 20, Curlews x 20, Shelduck x 100.
Becs – Sparrowhawk and Meadow Pipits and Little Egret.
Ducks seem to be growing in number – Shovelers , Teal and Mallards.
Dragonflies – Common Darters, Southern Hawkers.
Butterflies, Small and Large Whites and Small Copper.

Iain Crawford

Tregate to Skenfrith

Fri 11th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Kestrel

Female kestrel, 40+ ravens, 5 buzzards, goldcrest,, wren, 4 jays, 3 green woodpeckers

Keith Roylance


Wed 9th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Black-tailed Godwits

Significant numbers of waders. Sightings were: Mute Swan, Canada Geese, 2 Teal, Mallard, 120 Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Moorhen, 34 Ringed Plover, 99 Lapwing, 40 Knot, 1 Little Stint, 50 Dunlin, 11 Snipe, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 50 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, Black-headed Gulls, Woodpigeon, 1 House Martin, Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 1 Greenfinch.

David R oberts

Two Locks

Wed 9th Sep 2020

Main sighting: KIngfisher

KIngfisher perching on branches then flying along the canal at Two Locks around 6.00 this evening.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 6th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Waders and Passage

Visited just after dawn.
Lots of movement going on in the skies above the lagoons.
Passage birds- Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins particualrly over Becs and sea wall. Flocks of Siskins flying throgh Westwards.
Priors Lagoon – The Black Tailed Godwits 25o+ joined by nice flock of Knots 170c., Dunlin and Redshank. Greenshank also showed.
Monks Lagoon – Dunlin and Ringed Plover flock on the mud viewable from Hide 1. There were Curlew Sandpipers x 2 ( pics on my blog) and I saw 1 Little Stint but reliably told their was a second. Kestrel was todays protagonist causing some panicked wader flocks.

Lapwings showing well on Priors Lagoon mainly 30+ birds.

Numbers of ducks seem to be increasing. Shovelers and Teal. Paul Joy saw 4 Wigeon on Becs.

Wheatear and Yellow Wagtails reported on the Sea Wall and Meadow Pipits were seen flying through the reserve.

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