Sightings

N J Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 28th Jun 2019

Main sighting: Godwits

5-7.30pm visit. Of note, house martins, 1 buzzard, 2 lt egrets, cormorant, shelduck, 21 lapwing, 349 black headed gulls roosting (only 2 juvs), excellent count of 168 redshanks, 4 shoveler, cettis calling, 6 oystercatchers, 2 black-tailed godwits only, 11 dunlin, 1 ringed plover, 1 lt ringed plover, skylarks, 1 heron, 1 chiffchaff, 2 reed warblers, 26 gadwall, 2 pairs tufteds, pair of teal, 2 drake wigeon and 5 swallows. Lepidoptera wise – excellent show of meadow browns at one point 20+ feeding on bramble flowers by the snipe platform. several small skippers seen and 8 painted lady butterflies which was nice to see.

Verity Picken

Llangybi

Fri 28th Jun 2019

Main sighting: Redstart

Adult male Redstart in the garden this morning.

Bob Russ

Dingestow

Thu 27th Jun 2019

Main sighting: House Martins

Just seen a Grey Squirrel attacking two of the four House Martin nests on my house – drove it off this time – only minor damage to the nests on this occasion. Three Red Kites over local fields that were being mown.

Barry Embling

Caerleon Church

Tue 18th Jun 2019

Main sighting: Hawfinch

Hawfinch feeding in yews in churchyard. Quite approachable, and seemed to be used to people.

Hadyn Jones

Collister Pill

Mon 17th Jun 2019

Main sighting: Mediterranean Gull

1 very active 2nd calyr Med Gull among small B H Gull flock at hide tide. Also 260 Shelduck,103 Mallard,65 Curlew,1 Whimbrel,2 Oysters,@35 Dunlin,18 L Egret.

Graham Thomas Thorne

River Sirhowy cwmfelinfach

Mon 17th Jun 2019

Main sighting: Dipper

Dipper seen on rocks in river near the allotment. Also Blackcap singing

Gavin Vella

Gwent Levels

Sun 16th Jun 2019

Main sighting: Swifts

20+ Swifts moving north up the channel, feeding low over grassland as they move. Presumably some extremely late arrivals.

Graham Thomas Thorne

River ebbw risca

Sat 8th Jun 2019

Main sighting: House Martins

small numbers of House Martins Swallows and Swifts feeding along the river and Waunfawr Park early evening

Darryl Spittle

Ynysyfro Reservoirs

Sat 18th May 2019

Main sighting: Temminck's Stint

Two Temminck’s Stint on lower basin.

Verity Picken

Llangybi

Fri 10th May 2019

Main sighting: Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher one in the village

Richard M. Clarke

Park Wood, Bassaleg

Sun 17th Mar 2019

Main sighting: Willow Tit

Took part in the national Willow Tit survey today, but sadly no sign of the species in this woodland that used to hold them. Plenty of other things of interest however: Crossbill, Siskin, displaying Buzzard and a Raven – flying out from a lambing shed! Some early bluebells already in flower. There are still some remaining areas in the county where we are looking for people to survey for Willow Tit. If you think you can help please drop me a line at surveys@gwentbirds.org.uk.

Simon James Bedford

Llanyrafon

Sun 17th Mar 2019

Main sighting: Raptors

Organised hunting at dusk by a female sparrowhawk and male peregrine high up over garden .Huge flock of jackdaw normally passing through pushed up to altitude and split into two balls ..Sprawk attacking from below and perry stooping from above .

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.