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Sightings

Ollie Ray

Westfield Road, Monmouth

Sat 6th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Waxwing

We saw one waxwing trying to feed from mistletoe whilst being attacked by very unhappy mistle thrush.

tony & jan jenkins

Magor to Redwick

Fri 5th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Little Egrets

Afternoon walk on ebb tide started very quiet but eventually gave a flock of 30 dunlin heading upriver, 16 oystercatchers, a flock of 18 little egrets heading upriver, 3 grey heron, female sparrowhawk, single cettis and a male stonechat

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 5th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Weekly roundup

En-route to hides- Canada Geese, Chaffinch, Jackdaws, Magpies, Moorhen, Herring Gulls, Robin, Song Thrush (in full song), female Reed Bunting and male Goldcrest. Hide one – female Kestrel on a post, female Marsh Harrier, 1 Redshank only, 1 Buzzard and Crows. En-route to platforms – Dunnock, Blackbirds, Woodpigeons, 198 Starlings, female Sparrowhawk, Blue Tits, 11 Fieldfares and 21 Redwings. Snipe platform – 11 Gadwall, Wren, Coot, Greylags, 68 Lapwing, Cettis calling, 3 Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 3 1st-year Mute Swans, 1 Great Black-backed Gull and 16 Pied Wagtails passing just overhead. Seawall – 42 Curlew only. Hide three – lagoon 3 held almost all of the wildfowl with 201 Wigeon, 188 Teal, 58 Shoveler, 2 male and 1 female Tufted Ducks and Meadow Pipits. No sign of the Long-tailed Duck but the wildfowl was so packed together it may still be present. En-route to car park pair of Stonechats, 2 Collard Doves, 2 Black-headed Gulls and a Goldfinch.

Neville Davies

Jubilee Way, Rogerstone

Fri 5th Jan 2024

Main sighting: Waxwing update

10 present today around mid-day. Still feeding on the rowan berries between houses 217 and 219, and also on another rowan opposite and down towards the junction. However, the local mistle thrush is constantly harassing them so they may move on before long? Also seen on the roof tops and flying back and forth to the large tree by the pond. The rowan berries are still plentiful, the top ones have been stripped but the lower half of these two small rowans still have a good crop left. One birder said they had been seen around 9am this morning and another said there had been sporadic sightings at this location throughout the morning.

david prewett

Jubilee Way Rogerstone, Newport

Wed 3rd Jan 2024

Main sighting: 14 wax wings

Mike and Jackie’s reporting is slightly incorrect.
The 14 wax wings are frequently evident on the very large central beech tree which is beside the landscaped pond, which can be viewed from the end of the cul-de-sac of Foil Close, or from Jubilee Way. The wax-wings are not feeding by insecting ….but on rowan berries nearby.
The Waxwings flit between here and the 2 small Rowan- Mountain Ash saplings to feed on berries outside of Nos.98 and between 217-219 frontages opposite…. a stones throw away!
There appear to be enough berries remaining for at least a couple of days according to the bird watchers present.
It is likely that once the Rowan berries have been exhausted that the 14 may move on to a further nearby site…. which they have already discovered!.. Amazing birds!
I have been made aware that the Waxwing only ventures to the eastern UK coast-lines and any sightings within the western reaches are extremely rare!? (7 Years I have been advised from an ornathologist present!)

Bob Potter

Upper Nedern Brook (flooded), Caldicot.

Wed 3rd Jan 2024

Main sighting: Pintail

Pintail; Wigeon 100+; Teal 40; Little Grebe; Tufted Duck 8; Shelduck; Black Headed Gull; Common Gull 3; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Canada Goose 80; Greylag Goose 6; Gadwall; Grey Heron; Lapwing; Coot; Mallard; Fieldfare 3; Redwing; Blackbird; Blue Tit; Bullfinch; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Robin; Wren.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Rogerstone Jubilee Way

Wed 3rd Jan 2024

Main sighting: Waxwing

14 Waxwings today at 10:45-11;:15 there were no berries on the trees the birds were seen insecting.

Deborah Tee

Rogerstone

Mon 1st Jan 2024

Main sighting: Waxwing

Ten Waxwing in trees by the pond in Jubilee Way, Rogerstone. (Near the school). Seen at 1pm.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 29th Dec 2023

Main sighting: Weekly roundup

3rd hide and seawall not visited due to frequent long heavy showers. En-route to hide 1 – robin, crows, chaffinch, blackbirds, mallards, pheasant and only a handful of redwings. Hide one – most of the activity was from here including 52 roosting curlew with 1 grey plover and 6 dunlin mixed in, 25 redshanks, 56 shoveler, 3 shelduck, 168 teal, 151 wigeon, Canada geese, greylags, 126 lapwing, starlings, magpies, wren and herring gulls. En-route to hide 2 – single fieldfare, moorhen and woodpigeons. Hide two – 1 common gull, 3 snipe, 1 little egret, male peregrine, 1 heron, cettis calling and a song thrush.

Keith Roylance

Jubilee Park, Rogerstone

Fri 29th Dec 2023

Main sighting: Waxwing

Four Waxwing on Rowan tree in Jubilee Way, Rogerstone. (Near the school). Feeding regularly and then flying off but returning every 10-15 minutes.

Chris Formaggia

Llantilio Crossenny

Mon 25th Dec 2023

Main sighting: Firecrest

Single firecrest in hedge in lane

tony & jan jenkins

Goldcliff lagoons

Sat 23rd Dec 2023

Main sighting: Long tailed duck

A late morning very muddy walk after the heavy showers was well worth it with a female long tailed duck showing well from the Marsh hide kindly mentioned by another birder.
A peregrine having brunch, possibly lapwing and a juvenile marsh harrier hunting over the reserve.
Also female sparrowhawk hunting over the hedgerows near Red Barn.

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8:30 am Outdoor meeting Trellech Heaths @ Trellech Heaths
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