Please do not post reports of nesting birds or sightings of rare or Schedule 1 breeders. Sightings which might lead to disturbance will be removed.


Andrew Strong


Sat 31st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Colour-ringed Ringed Plover

The colour-ringed Ringed Plover seen at Goldcliff on 31/8 had been ringed at its breeding site in Norway. Recoveries of birds ringed in that area suggest they winter in West Africa.

N J Davies / Blair Jones / Paul Coombes

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 31st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Waders

Dawn to mid-morning visit highlights included shelduck, 2 chiffchaffs (contact calls), 2 herons, 12 lt egrets, 3 common snipe, female marsh harrier causing mayhem, glossy ibis feeding with the black swan (glossy flew to the Pill at 1045hrs), 6 redshanks, 110 ringed plovers (1 with leg rings and a leg flag), 51 dunlin (10 juvs), 15 teal, 6 shoveler, 8 yellow wagtails, lapwing, 386 knot, 276 black-tailed godwits, female sparrowhawk, 1 ad and 2 juv curlew sandpipers, cettis calling, 3 turnstone, 6 sand martins with 86 swallows, peregrine, female tufted duck, buzzard, 1 lt stint, 1 ruff and a green woodpecker. We were joined by Mike smart from Gloucester who is part of the curlew ringing project – 166 curlew were scanned through and 6 were colour ringed including a German ringed bird of note. Also in with this flock were 2 bar-tailed godwits and 2 whimbrel.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 29th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Knot and Curlew Sandpiper

Best evening I can remember in ages at high tide. Monks was full .Hundreds of birds. 400+ Knot ( will count on my pics), 3 x Curlew Sandpipers ( 1 Adult, 2 Juve), 2 x Ruff, 3 x Snipe, 1 x Marsh Harrier that caused mayhem. Hundreds of Ringed Plovers, Little Ringed Plovers in small numbers, good flock of Dunlins, Bar Tailed Godwits ( 3), 100 c Black Tailed Godwits. Curlews, Lapwings, Teal , Shelduck, Shovelers, Buzzard, Pied Wagtails, 6 x Yellow Wagtails. Big flock of Starlings. 11 x Little Egrets just on Priors. Hundreds of Black Headed Gulls roosting on Monks.

Iain Crawford

Monmouth, Wye and Monnow river bank

Thu 29th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Female kestrel

Female kestrel, 3 grey wagtails, 20 goldfinch, 55 pied wagtails, a raven, 7 common gulls, a heron, 185 mallard

Ray Duggan

Ponymister canal

Thu 29th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Kingfishers

two kingfishers together by the woodmill, watched them for 5minutes

Hadyn Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 28th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Curlew Sandpiper

3 Curlew Sandpiper inc 1 adult this evening, 3 juv Greenshank,up to 700 Knot in 2 flocks of near 300 and near 400, 1 Common Sandpiper,a few LRPs,1 close female Marsh Harrier

Kevin Dupé

Goldcliff Lagoons, Newport Wetlands NNR

Wed 28th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Disturbance

There will be some disturbance tomorrow when we mow the vegetation on the islands. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Andrew King


Tue 27th Aug 2019

Main sighting: 1000's of House Martins

Alison thanks for reporting this. The Grwyne Fawr valley, Breconshire where these were seen does have the habit of turning up migrant House Martins. They occur normally here as you saw in the lee of the conifer forestry, presumably where insects gather. Generally up to 300 birds so your flock was exceptional – and perhaps a couple of weeks earlier in the autumn than peak numbers normally. Andrew – Breconshire Bird Recorder.

Alison Griffies

Grid reference SO245294

Tue 27th Aug 2019

Main sighting: 1000s of housemartins gathering on telephone wires

About 1000 housemartins gathering in this valley on 27/8/2019 at 10am. In the Black Mountains of S Wales 1mile west of Capel-y-ffin. Grid reference SO245294. Is this a gathering before they fly south? Anybody know if this is a common phenomenon to gather in such large numbers? There were plenty of insects around as well at a reservoir for water which they were dipping into. I can send a poor quality mobile phone video if this helps.

mark davies


Tue 27th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Swifts

2 Swifts over the house this afternoon

Mike andJackie Pointon

Peterstone Gout

Tue 27th Aug 2019

Main sighting: clouded Yellow

A few migrant about at low tide. Blackcap 3 Whitethroat 1 . Butterflies: Clouded Yellow 1 Painted Lady 15 Small Tortoiseshell 2 Green-veined White 2 Large White 4 Common Blue 2

Adrian Edwards


Mon 26th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Siskin

1 male Siskin visiting feeders in the afternoon. Many sparrows doing very well this year, 2 or 3 broods from one nest in the roof. Usual other garden birds – BT, GT, coal tits, one greenfinch, many goldfinches including Young this year, starlings same.