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Sightings

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Tue 18th Apr 2023

Main sighting: Bar-tailed Godwit

Evening at the lagoons: Bar-tailed Godwit 3 flew in of the foreshore GWE still present. Cold wind so passerines were few. Sand Martin and House Martin.

Bob Potter

Newport Wetlands RSPB reserve

Tue 18th Apr 2023

Main sighting: Migrants

Sand Martin, Swallows, House Martins, Reed Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Blackcaps, Wheatear.
Cetti’s Warbler, Marsh Harrier (female), Linnets, Dabchick, Coot, Moorhen, Canada Geese, Mute Swans, Wren, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker.
(As a treat: an Otter in the SW Reedbed, patrolling the right hand reedbed from the far end, then passing slowly, right up in front of the viewing screen just ten feet away (just after 10am!)).

Verity Picken

W and NW Gwent

Mon 17th Apr 2023

Main sighting: Wheatears

West and northwest Gwent were heaving with Wheatears today. Also Redstart, Swallows and, of course, a few Curlews.

Chris West

Oxbow

Mon 17th Apr 2023

Main sighting: Osprey

Osprey in tree on left after crossing river bridge heading twards Aber. 7.00pm.

Allan Dowson

Goldcliff

Mon 17th Apr 2023

Main sighting: Sand Martin

50-60 Sand Martins, at least feeding over the lagoons and gathering in the reeds to rest in priors lagoon.Also a few Swallows too.Spotted Redshank was seen from the first hide on the waters edge looking to the right.1-GWE showing well on first lagoon.10h15-11h15.

Bob Potter

Mounton Brook

Sun 16th Apr 2023

Main sighting: Dipper

Dipper seen on this, now fast flowing brook.

Chiffchaffs singing, Bulfinch,

Andy Smith

Blorange

Sat 15th Apr 2023

Main sighting: Cuckoo

First sighting this year of a cuckoo on the Tumble this evening.

Chris Dyson

Llanellen-Llanfihangel Gobion

Sat 15th Apr 2023

Main sighting: Osprey

Highlight of a 5 hour walk, an Osprey at The Bryn which put on a display of diving (but didn’t seem to catch anything) then flew off NW up the Usk valley and eventually lost to view, also 1 Green Sand, 3 Common Sand, 1 Oystercatcher, some kind of plover, plus 1 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, a handful of Willow Warblers, a singing Reed Bunting, 6 Mandarin, a pair of Tufted Duck on one of the pools, c.4 Kingfisher. 62 species in total.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 15th Apr 2023

Main sighting: Great white egret

Dawn visit – en-route to hides: robins, wrens, pheasants, 2 blackcaps, 2 chiffchaffs, great tit, starling and buzzard. Hide 1: Canada geese, 17 avocet, 12 shelduck, blackbirds, woodpigeons, skylarks, 5 lapwing, coot. 86 black-tailed godwits – female peregrine came in and the flock flew off, 1 singled out and almost caught, only 1 remained and relocated to lagoon three, 7 redshanks, 2 spotted redshanks joined by a 3rd and almost in black plumage, 1 ruff, 7 gadwall, 12 shoveler, 2 cettis, lesser black-backed gulls, 4 cormorants and 5 swallows. Hide two – pied wagtails, 1 white wagtail, linnet pair, 10 teal, magpies, moorhen, kestrel, mallards, gt black-backed gull, 4 oystercatchers, black headed gull, 1 more swallow and greylags. Snipe platform – male stonechat, 2 herons, great white egret flew across to hide 3 then swifly flew off going past the power station, 1 lt egret, 6 more swallows with 2 sand martins mixed in, 8 mute swans and reed buntings. Seawall – unusual high count of 56 crows together, 8 curlew, 17 more avocet, siskin overhead, dark-bellied brent goose that joined the others on the saltings, and brief views of a harbour porpoise. Hide three – 13 more redshank and a willow warbler singing.

Allan Dowson

Goldcliff

Sat 15th Apr 2023

Main sighting: Great White Egret

2-GWEs together over the reeds and into the reeds.26-Avocets on and around the first island.11h00-13h00.Also i have reconnected the gate release handle.

Hadyn L Jones

Newport Wetlands

Thu 13th Apr 2023

Main sighting: Reed Warbler

1 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warblers,my firsts for this year, singing at times near the Lighthouse. Also a few Swallows flying west.

Andy Smith

Abergavenny town water

Wed 12th Apr 2023

Main sighting: Sand Martins

Good numbers of sand and house martins flying low over the Usk this afternoon.
On the Blorange spring arrivals are also increasing by the day despite the weather with good numbers of wheatears and stone chat.

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