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Sightings

Malcolm Drysdale

Castle meadows Abergavenny

Tue 7th Sep 2021

Main sighting: Garden warbler

Recorded Garden Warbler singing in hedgerow thicket bordering meadows this evening, Total of four birds flitting through canopy. Kingfisher flying down river opposite banks with sand martin activity earlier in the year.

Iain Crawford

Wyesham

Tue 7th Sep 2021

Main sighting: Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk and buzzard over village, 3pm

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Peterstone Gout

Tue 7th Sep 2021

Main sighting: Mediterranean Gull

Common Gull 1 Mediterranean Gull 1 ad (NB) Knot 15 Redshank 50 Ringed Plover4 Black-tailed Godwit 1 Dunlin 40 Curlew 3 Pintail 10 Wigeon 12 Teal 30 Mallard 50 Wheatear 2 Mistle Thrush 12 Chiffchaff 2 Swallow 40 Others: Migrant Hawker 2 Common Darter 4

Mike and Jackie Pointon

St Brides

Sat 4th Sep 2021

Main sighting: Mediterranean Gull

An evening visit very busy there. High tide, An adult Mediterranean Gull (WP) hawking insects with BHG’s. Wheatear 1 Whitethroat 1.
Migrant Hawker 10 Common Darter 1 Large White 1 Common Blue 3

Neville James Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 4th Sep 2021

Main sighting: White Wagtail

0600-noon. Hide one – redshanks, roost of 43 curlew (no ringed birds) and 2 herons. Hide two – 3 snipe, 126 black-tailed godwits which flew off at 0713 climbing high and migrating, 10 teal, 71 lapwing, 2 ringed plovers, 15 shoveler, 8 chiffchaffs in the hedge behind the hide and a female redstart there later, 3 little egrets, 5 common buzzards (4 circling together, 5th one by the Point), ravens, 1 wheatear (3 more on seawall and a further 7 on the hay bales from seawall), 2 oystercatchers, 3 ruff, black headed gulls and large movement of sand martins in flocks of 105, 86, 60 then smaller groups at least 400+ counted through the morning, cettis calling, 2 cormorants, 15 mute swans, 8 stock doves, a pair of kestrels, 2 dunlin only and a white wagtail feeding on the mud opposite the hide. Snipe platform – pintail, 2 little grebes, 2 tufted ducks, 57 more teal, wigeon now at 31, gadwall 11 and a female sparrowhawk (seen 3 times during the morning at one point trying to catch a yellow wagtail on the hay bale). Seawall – 1 gt black-backed gull, at least 73 yellow wagtails counted most of them on the hay bales along with 2 whinchats, 44 more dunlin on the saltings, greenshank and 1 bar-tailed godwit on the 3rd lagoon. A red kite was circling opposite hide 1 on the way back out. Other: 1 common blue, 1 painted lady, speckled woods, small whites, 1 green-veined white, 1 migrant hawker, 5 common darters.

Stefan Zitzmann

Newport Wetlands

Fri 3rd Sep 2021

Main sighting: Swift

One swift in amongst the many sand martins and swallows on the move. Kingfisher was very active too.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 3rd Sep 2021

Main sighting: Short-eared Owl

Evening at the lagoons 17:00-19-50 the hay bales are proving popular with the birds. Wheatear 10 Redstart 4 Whinchat 1 Lesser Whitethroat 1 Yellow wagtail 40 Cuckoo 1 Short-eared Owl 1 Hundreds of Sand Martins Little Stint 2 Greenshank 1 Little Ringed Plover 1 juv
Kestrel 2 Sparrowhawk 1
Sadly some idiot has pushed a hay bale into the reen near the first hide.

Eddie Wang

Peterstone Gout

Fri 3rd Sep 2021

Main sighting: Little Stint

1615-1745 – juvenile Little Stint still with Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Sanderling on rising tide. Also 1 Whimbrel and 1 Wheatear.

Eddie Wang

Goldcliff Pools

Thu 2nd Sep 2021

Main sighting: Little Stint

1050-1420 – Little Stint (from first hide) and Wood Sandpiper (Bec Lagoon) still present. Also 3 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit. Good numbers of Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail plus 2 Whinchat on posts and wires by first hide. Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler in amongst mixed tit/warbler flock by entrance. 2 Redstart and Whitethroat just past 2nd hide.

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Thu 2nd Sep 2021

Main sighting: Whinchat

Juvenile Whinchat and a Stonechat family among the few birds around in a fresh easterly wind. Sparrowhawk and Kestrel in an aerial tussle over the old Brynmawr reservoir.

John O’Sullivan

Peterstone Gout

Thu 2nd Sep 2021

Main sighting: Avocet and Little Stint

Outfall Lane to Petersone Gout. Today’s high tide was just high enough to bring the waders close enough to the seawall to observe at length. A good number of small waders on the eastern side of the Gout. Mostly Dunlin and Ringed Plover with 9 knot, 2 juv Sanderling, 5 Turnstone and a juv Little Stint. 5 Avocet were roosting at the waters edge. Also present a number of Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatchers. Around 20 pintail, some Teal and a single Little Egret as well. At Outfall Lane a Common Sandpiper and another 15 Turnstone. Good numbers of Wheatear along the seawall between the two sites.

Nicholas Beswick

Brynmawr

Wed 1st Sep 2021

Main sighting: Wigeon

Autumn is here… Six Wigeon on Dunlop Semtex Pond, eight Teal on Horsetail Pond, Parc Nant-y-Waun. No hirundines about.

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