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Sightings

Stefan Zitzmann

Newport Wetlands

Fri 3rd Sep 2021

Main sighting: Swift

One swift in amongst the many sand martins and swallows on the move. Kingfisher was very active too.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 3rd Sep 2021

Main sighting: Short-eared Owl

Evening at the lagoons 17:00-19-50 the hay bales are proving popular with the birds. Wheatear 10 Redstart 4 Whinchat 1 Lesser Whitethroat 1 Yellow wagtail 40 Cuckoo 1 Short-eared Owl 1 Hundreds of Sand Martins Little Stint 2 Greenshank 1 Little Ringed Plover 1 juv
Kestrel 2 Sparrowhawk 1
Sadly some idiot has pushed a hay bale into the reen near the first hide.

Eddie Wang

Peterstone Gout

Fri 3rd Sep 2021

Main sighting: Little Stint

1615-1745 – juvenile Little Stint still with Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Sanderling on rising tide. Also 1 Whimbrel and 1 Wheatear.

Eddie Wang

Goldcliff Pools

Thu 2nd Sep 2021

Main sighting: Little Stint

1050-1420 – Little Stint (from first hide) and Wood Sandpiper (Bec Lagoon) still present. Also 3 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit. Good numbers of Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail plus 2 Whinchat on posts and wires by first hide. Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler in amongst mixed tit/warbler flock by entrance. 2 Redstart and Whitethroat just past 2nd hide.

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Thu 2nd Sep 2021

Main sighting: Whinchat

Juvenile Whinchat and a Stonechat family among the few birds around in a fresh easterly wind. Sparrowhawk and Kestrel in an aerial tussle over the old Brynmawr reservoir.

John O’Sullivan

Peterstone Gout

Thu 2nd Sep 2021

Main sighting: Avocet and Little Stint

Outfall Lane to Petersone Gout. Today’s high tide was just high enough to bring the waders close enough to the seawall to observe at length. A good number of small waders on the eastern side of the Gout. Mostly Dunlin and Ringed Plover with 9 knot, 2 juv Sanderling, 5 Turnstone and a juv Little Stint. 5 Avocet were roosting at the waters edge. Also present a number of Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatchers. Around 20 pintail, some Teal and a single Little Egret as well. At Outfall Lane a Common Sandpiper and another 15 Turnstone. Good numbers of Wheatear along the seawall between the two sites.

Nicholas Beswick

Brynmawr

Wed 1st Sep 2021

Main sighting: Wigeon

Autumn is here… Six Wigeon on Dunlop Semtex Pond, eight Teal on Horsetail Pond, Parc Nant-y-Waun. No hirundines about.

Mark Davies

Abergavenny

Tue 31st Aug 2021

Main sighting: Swift

Single Swift still feeding over the garden

Alastair Gilroy

Buckholt

Sun 29th Aug 2021

Main sighting: Hobby

buzzards x 2,
c.60 housemartin

Tim Jukes

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 29th Aug 2021

Main sighting: Waders

Platform 2 (10-11:00): Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 10+ Yellow Wagtails, 2 Kestrel, Raven, 100+ hirundines (sand, swallow & house). Plus Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler in bushes nearby. Avocet Hide (11-12:00): Wood Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Red Knot, 3+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 10+ Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 6 Wheatear, Sparrowhawk.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 28th Aug 2021

Main sighting: Curlew Sandpiper

an evening visit 17:00-19-45 Curlew Sandpiper 1 juv Wood Sandpiper 1 Little Stint 1 juv Spotted Redshank 4 Juvs Ruff 2 Little Ringed Plover 1 Black-tailed Godwit 106 Grey Plover 1
Wigeon 10 Red Kite 1 Marsh Harrier 1 Kestrel 3 together. Redstart 3 Yellow Wagtail 20 Long-tailed Great and Blue Tits Chiffchaff 9 Lesser Whitethroat 1 lots of Sand Martins and Swallows feeding on a mass of small insects as were the gulls.

Neville James Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 28th Aug 2021

Main sighting: Migration / waders / warblers

0600-1150. Excellent mix of birds. Buzzard 2 (on the hay bales in the field on the left past second gate), pair of kestrels hunting, distant peregrine calling, 1 stock dove, 5 cormorants over. Hide 1 – 162 Canada geese and 46 greylags, 4 herons. Hide 2 – 6 black-tailed godwits, 2 ruff, 4 snipe, 61 lapwing, 31 teal, wood sandpiper showed briefly in the inlet before flying off towards the seawall, 1 lt ringed plover, 8 ringed plovers, 7 dunlin, 13 shoveler, green woodpecker calling, gt spotted woodpecker over, 1 lt stint, 1 curlew sandpiper, 2 lt egrets, cettis calling, skylark, 2 swallows. 7 wheatear in total (2 on the hay bales in the field behind the snipe platform) and 5 more feeding in the cut field past hide 3 on the left. Snipe platform – 12 wigeon (first of the season), 2 lt grebes, 13 tufteds overhead and the female with 4 well grown young now, 1 pintail, good movement of sand martins all morning with well over 250 counted in small groups, 52 more teal. Seawall – 1 gt black-backed gull, 158 shelduck, good count of 102 oystercatchers, 62 curlew on the saltings with a single whimbrel mixed in and 1 tree pipit over low calling. Hedge behind snipe platform – good movement of warblers with 2 common and 1 lesser whitethroat seen along with a female redstart, 13 willow warblers, 9 chiffchaffs, 1 fem reed bunting and 1 dunnock all together. On the first lagoon on the way back were 3 spotted redshanks feeding together, 5 bar-tailed godwits and 41 yellow wagtails feeding along the strip of cut grass leading from hide 1 and up past redshank platform. Back at hide 1 was 4 whinchats on the fence line to the right of the hide. Other: 1 small copper, 3 speckled woods, 2 meadow browns, 1 small tortoiseshell, 1 common blue and 1 green-veined white.