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Sightings

tony & jan jenkins

St Arvans

Wed 31st Mar 2021

Main sighting: Swallow

Our first swallow over Vedw wood, a week earlier than last year, also Brimstone yesterday

Neville Davies

Mynydd Llangattock

Tue 30th Mar 2021

Main sighting: Wheatears

A pair of male wheatears just on the bend for the turning from Beaufort to Llangattock with a third seen later. At llangattock – 4 buzzards, 2 red kites, female sparrowhawk, pied wagtails nest building in a dry stone wall, 6 ravens and 2 chiffchaffs.

Graham Thomas Thorne

River Ebbw Risca by Fire Station

Tue 30th Mar 2021

Main sighting: blackcap

Blackcap singing in woods also Buzzard soaring over area and being mobbed by several
LBB Gulls.Chaffinchs singing throughout theRisca area not seen for sometime

Matthew Tennant

Stelvio/Hand post area

Tue 30th Mar 2021

Main sighting: Red Kite

Kite seen lunchtime hovering quite low over Stelvio and Handpost area. Being mobbed by gulls and watched by a buzzard. My first sighting of Kite in this area.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Bedwas

Mon 29th Mar 2021

Main sighting: House Martin

In the morning gloom a flock of 30 House Martins later, Peregrine 1 Sparrowhawk 1 Chiffchaff singing.

Neville Davies

Boat Lane, Goldcliff

Mon 29th Mar 2021

Main sighting: Cettis Warbler

Walk from Goldcliff to the seawall produced a singing cettis warbler, 5 skylarks (2 pairs displaying), 9 linnets, displaying meadow pipits, 1 lapwing, 125 Canada geese, 8 greylag geese, 11 avocet roosting on the tideline, 2 common redshanks, 1 buzzard, the male peregrine from Goldcliff earlier that morning flying through towards Red Barn hide and a pair of gadwall.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Mon 29th Mar 2021

Main sighting: Golden Plover and Little Ringed Plovers

3 singing chiffchaffs, 3 cormorants, pair of male pheasants. Hide one – 136 shelduck, 2 common redshanks, lapwing (2 sitting), 1 skylark singing, 16 dunlin, 1 lt egret, 20 ringed plovers, 2 gt black-backed gulls and a male peregrine came in and took a dunlin out on its own and moved to the edge of the 2nd lagoon to start plucking. Redshank Platform – 6 pairs of tufted ducks, 2 pair of pintail (later flew over the seawall), 11 teal, 1 grey heron, white-fronted goose still present, male reed bunting singing, 75 avocet (no ringed birds) and 49 shoveler. Snipe Platform – 9 gadwall, 2 pairs of wigeon, 7 sand martins and the bean goose still present. Drake scaup present (hybrid bird)? Hide three – a pair of little ringed plovers on the left side feeding, single golden plover on the island, 45 black-tailed godwits, 4 swallows passing with 2 more sand martins, 10 common redshanks (one pair copulating), with 38 oystercatchers and 42 curlew from the seawall. The male peregrine made another pass through also.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 28th Mar 2021

Main sighting: Spotted Redshanks

Afternoon low tide visit.
Generally very quiet – 1 x Spotted Redshank on Monks Lagoon. “Bosprey” Buzzard sat up on post at Becs. Absence of the big wader flocks noted. Little Ringed Plovers on Becs.
Lapwings on Monks and Becs.
Merlin seen flying between Monks and Priors Lagoon and flew off towards Farm.
Reported to me that the Bean and White Fronted Goose has been seen earleir.

Blair jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 27th Mar 2021

Main sighting: Waders and Merlin

Visited at dawn at high tide. Monks Lagoon – 43 x Curlew and 2 Great Black Backed Gulls and lots of shelducks. Priors Lagoon – 1 x White Fronted Goose and 1 x Bean Goose showing in front of Marsh Platform. Scaup/Hybrid duck in with Tufted. 2 x Pochard. 9 x Mute Swans. There was a flock of 85 x Avocet showing on Priors and Becs.
Becs Lagoon – Big flock of 292 x Black Tailed Godwits and 1 x Knot. 2 x Little Ringed Plovers. 12 x Ringed Plovers ( some flew by in a flock with c10 Dunlins). 30 x Redshanks throughout the reserve. Female Merlin showing well for some. Sparrowhawk.
Spotted Redshank seen on Monks Lagoon.

Verity Picken

Ton, Llangybi

Sat 27th Mar 2021

Main sighting: Brambling

A female Brambling and 40 Linnets this morning.

Mike Wheeler

Castle Meadows, Abergavenny

Sat 27th Mar 2021

Main sighting: Sand Martins

First bird seen was a singing Blackcap, On the river, a pair of Goosander, a Kingfisher and two Sand Martins. Several chiffchaffs in full song. Later, returning to Pontypool, a Buzzard and a Red Kite close together.

graham thorne

Goldcliff

Thu 25th Mar 2021

Main sighting: Bean Goose

With John Marsh.BeanGoose ,Marsh Harrier,Canada Lapwing .Redshank.Gadwall.Shoveler,Dunlin ChiffChaff and GreenWoodpecker Greylag .Geese

Goldcliff with John Marsh.Marsh Harrier over Fields Bean Goose Tufted Duck Gadwall.Shoveler .Lot of Canada .Few Greylag .Chiffchaff and distant call of Green Woodpecker .Also Lapwing RedShank and distant flock of Dunlin