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Sightings

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 23rd Jun 2023

Main sighting: Snipe

Dawn visit: En-route to hides woodpigeons, 3 chffchaffs, wrens, blackcap, pheasants, 3 whitethroats, reed warbler singing, crows, moorhen and magpies. Hide one – skylark, 3 gt white egrets (including the Ham Wall project ringed bird), 21 lt egrets, 3 herons, greylags and Canada geese. Hide two – cettis, 60 lapwing, 121 black-tailed godwits, 46 redshanks, 7 gadwall, 10 swifts, ls black-backed gulls, 7 swallows, 7 ringed plovers, 5 cormorants, 3 snipe, 3 oystercatchers, herring gulls, starlings, 5 black headed gulls and fem marsh harrier. Snipe platform – 67 mallards (most in eclipse plumage), 2 lt grebes, pair tufteds, 14 swans and 21 coot including juveniles. Single curlew only bird of note from the seawall. Hide three – 8 teal, 6 shoveler, 5 shelduck, lone female tufted and 18 sand martins passing. Back at hide two – pair of lt ringed plovers, female peregrine through, great tits and jackdaws. Plenty of early morning meadow browns on the wing.

iain crawford

Monmouth

Tue 20th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Yellow-legged gull

Yellow-legged gull with lesser blackbacks on boys’ school cricket field

Graham Agg

Trelleck Common

Mon 19th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Wood Warbler

Wood warbler singing among hardwoods.

Mark Whitaker

River Monnow between Kentchurch and Llangua

Sun 18th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Sand Martin

Active colony with a number of nest holes in Welsh bank – birds seen entering and exiting. Around 35 birds in flight. Sadly the few that nested in holes by the old bridge at Monmouth no longer appear to be doing so – unless anyone knows differently.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 18th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Wood Sandpiper

WeBS count: Highlights, Wood Sandpiper 1 Great White Egret 4 Little Egret 30 Bar-tailed Godwit 2 Black-tailed Godwit 267 Greenshank 3 Avocet 25 Gadwall 67 LRP 3 Stock Dove 1 Warblers: Blackcap Reed Sedge Chiffchaff Whitethroat Cetti’s.
Other: Marbled White 1 Common Blue 1 Large Skipper 1 Meadow Brown 12 Emperor dragonfly 1 Common Darter 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly 6

Tadhg Burrell

Avon Lwyd / Cwmbran Boating Lake

Sun 18th Jun 2023

Main sighting: WBBS Late Visit

Late visit for WBBS. Less notable species than early (no dipper & goosander). Main boating lake was teeming with mallards in eclipse at least 50-60+ as well as some females with ducklings of various ages. 2 pairs of coot with chicks, 2 cormorant and lots of LBB Gulls. 6 grey wagtails – a pair with 4 young feeding on rocks in faster flowing stretches of the river.

Keith Roylance

Trellech Heaths

Sat 17th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Tree Pipit

Stephanie Tyler led a successful walk around Trellech Heaths for 10 GOS members. Sightings included: Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, House Martin, Tree Pipit, Wren, Robin, Redstart, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Firecrest, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Siskin and Linnet. Also seen were Fallow Deer, Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly also Emperor dragonfly. Common Spotted Orchid in significant numbers. Thanks to Steph for an interesting walk.

Verity Picken

Gwent

Sat 17th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Invisible Curlew chicks

Although the chicks were hidden in long grass two adult Curlews standing guard on the wall surrounding the nest field indicated that chicks were definitely present! Waiting to see how many. Keep your eyes peeled please, Gwent birders.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 17th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Green Sandpiper

Dawn – 9am visit. Hide one – Magpies, pheasant, wren, chiffchaff, blackcap, common whitethroat, crows, ewarbler singing, 4 herons, 3 swallows, skylark, 76 blak-headed gulls, linnets, 2 shelduck, coot, 3 oystercatchers, 26 little egrets, 2 great white egrets, Canada geese, 18 ringed plovers, 26 dunlin, 37 redshanks, 34 lapwing, 2 greenshanks, 3 cormorants, reed buntings, mallards, 2 curlew, lesser black-backed gulls, cettis calling. Hide two – 2 shoveler, 25 gadwall, 189 black-tailed godwits with bar-tailed mixed in, 3 avocet, greylags, marsh harrier, green sandpiper, starlings, blackbirds, 15 mute swans, family group blue tits, goldfinch and 11 sand martins.

Verity Picken

Gwent

Wed 14th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Curlew chick

The first Curlew chick of the year was found this morning! Hopefully more to follow. Please keep your eyes open for chicks or agitated adults and send all sightings to Curlew@gwentbirds.org.uk .

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Sun 11th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Wheatear

Seven Wheatear territories, with some fledged young, on the Gwent part of the mountain. Count of thirty Linnets including a flock of twenty. Two male Cuckoos calling occasionally, one with some “cuck-cuck-oo” phrases.

Mark Whitaker

River Wye, Penallt

Fri 9th Jun 2023

Main sighting: Garden Warbler

On riverside path downstream from old railway bridge. At least 8 singing males, similar Blackcaps. 1 Dipper, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Bullfinch, number of House Martins collecting scarce mud at river’s edge. No Marsh Tits however. Several salmon (grilse) leaping. Also saw sizeable sewin (about 50 cm) under old Monnow Bridge in Monmouth.

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