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Sightings

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 9th May 2021

Main sighting: Waders

Visited just after dawn. Wader numbers dominated by Dunlins in their hundreds. Probably 1000+ off you include those out on the mud on the foreshore later.
Monk and Becs the busiest lagoons.
Lots of Dunlins, 6x Turnstone, 4 x Knot ( one red one), 13 x Bar-Tailed Godwits, 3 x Sanderling, 1 x Ruff ( reddy plumage) on Priors, 4 x Whimbrel, 16 x Black Tailed Godwits.

2 x Wheatear, 4 x Black Headed Gulls. 4 x Oystercatchers.
Avocets, Redshanks and Lapwings as usual.

Kestrel ( male) near Hide 2
Bean. Goose on Priors.

Laurence Fry

Field off Pentre Poeth Road Bassaleg

Sun 9th May 2021

Main sighting: Seen at 09.00 hours today

Bird similar in size to a blackbird of sleek appearance feeding at ground level in field adjacent to road
Yellow/orange breast with darker face marking. colour of body pigeon grey with lighter underwing shading

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 8th May 2021

Main sighting: Wheatear

Afternoon visit, very wet, slight winds. Pheasant 1, chiffchaff 1 singing, cettis 1 calling and raven. Hide one – avocet, redshanks, 1 bar-tailed godwit and 1 black-tailed godwit, 2 oystercatchers and 1 heron. Hide two – swallows, pair of reed buntings, pair of linnets and 2 cormorants. Seawall – single wheatear only. Hide three – very little wader activity with only 9 dunlin and 11 ringed plovers together with a single little ringed plover mixed in (another one on the island). 5 gadwall, 7 more oystercatchers and 51 black-tailed godwits, 1 little egret, 3 skylarks, 8 mute swans, female pintail (no sign of a male), 1 swift and 50+ swallows aerial feeding over the third lagoon.

dr j a holmes

coed morgan vicinity

Sat 8th May 2021

Main sighting: yellow wagtail

solitary male yellow wagtail lingering

Cindy Howells

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 7th May 2021

Main sighting: Little Tern

Single Little Tern on Becs Lagoon, seen from the Sea Wall hide. Flew several times, returning to the same spot. Seen between 5.30 and 6.30pm.

Allan Dowson

monmouth

Fri 7th May 2021

Main sighting: Goosander

Goosander with 7-juveniles on the Monnow,also 1-Red Kite over,1m-Kingfisher also on the monnow river.13h630-16h00.

Jackie Pointon

Bedwas

Fri 7th May 2021

Main sighting: Hobby

Hobby over the garden this morning.

Keith Bradley

West of Brynygwenin and Llanwenarth.

Thu 6th May 2021

Main sighting: Curlews.

Curlews seen and heard

Mark Davies

St Marys Vale

Thu 6th May 2021

Main sighting: Whinchat

1st Whinchat at top of the vale . Also Redstarts , Pied Flycatchers , Tree Pipits , Willow Warblers , Treecreepers , Nuthatches and a single Yellowhammer

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 6th May 2021

Main sighting: Spotted Flycatcher

Following the mornings Bearded Tit survey at Uskmouth where we saw Cuckoo, Reed Sedge and Cetti’s Warblers and seven singing Whitethroat.
At the lagoons: Spotted Flycatcher 1 Snow Goose 1 (very smart adult) Swift House and Sand Martin Whitethroat Lesser Whitethroat.

Mark Davies

Abergavenny

Thu 6th May 2021

Main sighting: Swifts

First Swifts and House Martins have arrived with a mixed flock of 60+ over the house this morning

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Mon 3rd May 2021

Main sighting: Ruff Knots and Dunlins

Attended couple of hours either side of high tide.
Very windy and some heavy rain showers.
Notably a lot more Dunlins on the reserve that moved about in two flocks over Monks and Becs. The water levels are now very low on these lagoons.
Dunlins 300+ , 4 Knot, 2 x Ruff ( one of which is turning a spectacular white colour almost breeding plumage). Small flock of 30c Black Tailed Godwits. 4 x Oystercatchers, Ringed Plovers and Little Ringed Plovers present. Avocets on Monks and Becs and Lapwings. Plenty of Redshank.
The Carrion Crows are really targeting the breeders. I watched a single Carrion Crow work the mobbing waders on Monks for over 20 minutes despite being physically pecked by Lapwings in dive bomb attacks it came away with an egg ( Photo on Twitter).
Several Lesser Black backed Gulls also loitering and a Grey Heron. A flock of Whimbrel was seen by one of my birding friends. Wheatear continue to hang about the seawall.

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