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Bob potter


Fri 24th Mar 2023

Main sighting: Curlew

Curlew – over 200 at high tide, sheltering from high wind from sea wall hide (leg rings not visible); 150 Shelduck; Avocet pair; Gadwall; Widgeon; Teal; Shoveler; Lapwing; Dunlin; Redshank; Reed Bunting; Cetti’s, Chiffchaffs singing. Shortly after leaving, a flock of 60 Fieldfare seen over adjacent field.

Deborah Tee

St. Peter's Church, Llanwenarth

Thu 23rd Mar 2023

Main sighting: Curlew

Two Curlew seen circling the fields between Llanwenarth Church and the Usk (8:00am).

Ed Stevens

Black rock

Wed 22nd Mar 2023

Main sighting: Firecrest

Early afternoon wheatear on foreshore at sudbrook and a firecrest in hedge east of black rock

iain crawford


Wed 22nd Mar 2023

Main sighting: Swallows

2 swallows by the bridge. Soaring near Sand House, 25 ravens, 7 buzzards, m and f sparrowhawk. Jay, green woodpecker, mistle thrush

Nicholas Beswick

NWR Goldcliff

Tue 21st Mar 2023

Main sighting: Spoonbill

Immature Spoonbill feeding in the lagoon directly in front of Hide 1. Distant view of Spotted Redshank feeding along the far shore of the island. Pintail pair seen from Seawall Hide. Skylarks and Chiffchaffs singing. Sparrowhawk and immature Marsh Harrier hunting over reedbeds.

Hadyn Jones

West Pill

Sun 19th Mar 2023

Main sighting: Wheatear

3 male Wheatear at Westpill in afternoon.

Ruth Brown

Pant-y-Goitre, R Usk

Sun 19th Mar 2023

Main sighting: Sand Martin

5 Sand Martins, probably moving through

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Sun 19th Mar 2023

Main sighting: Wheatear

Spring has sprung! Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Stonechats and a Reed Bunting back on territories on the mountain. Count of 14 Wheatears, including three females. Red Kite, Kestrel and three Buzzards.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Sluice Farm

Sun 19th Mar 2023

Main sighting: Red Kite

Red Kite in Sluice Farm area. Tide out birds far off at Peterstone Gout, Little Egret 4 Chiffchaff 3. Yesterday in Machen a Brimstone butterfly and a small Bat almost certainly a Pipistrelle.

Graham Agg

Trellech Common Woods

Sat 18th Mar 2023

Main sighting: Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff calling in woodland, also one calling on 19th March in garden off Manor Wood, The Narth – the first I’ve heard this year.

Hadyn Jones


Sat 18th Mar 2023

Main sighting: Pale -bellied Brent Goose

Pale-bellied Brent Goose among the Shelduck on Collister saltmarsh.Also my first Wheatear of the year at the Pill.A male.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 18th Mar 2023

Main sighting: Water Rail

Morning visit: En-route to hides – great tits, blue tits, magpies, herring gulls, greylag geese, blackbirds, crows, Canada geese, woodpigeons, goldfinches, cettis and throughout the reserve a total of 13 chiffchaffs (several in full song). Hide one – 25 redshanks, 1 spotted redshank, 4 lapwing, 31 shelduck, 8 gadwall, mallards, marsh harrier (fem), 2 pairs stonechats, goldcrest, wren, robins, and water vole on the way to hide 2. Hide two – 2 herons, 1 coot, 116 wigeon, 36 teal, 32 shoveler, ls black-backed gulls, meadow pipit, 3 cormorants, male kestrel, reed buntings and another pair of stonechats. Snipe platform – good count of 10 coot, 3 male and 1 fem tufteds and a black headed gull (full hood). Seawall – House sparrows, 11 curlew overhead and 14 more on the mudflats, 3 oystercatchers, 2 ringed plovers, 26 grey plovers and 15 dunlin. Hide three – 2 pairs of avocet (one ringed bird, red ring 64 upper right leg), 3 black-tailed godwits, 50 more wigeon, 2 more gadwall, another pair stonechats, 20 more redshank and 2 oystercatchers. Water rail heard calling.

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