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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


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

Chris Forster Brown

River Wye

Wed 24th Mar 2021

Main sighting: Blackcap

A walk along the Wye, north from Monmouth for a couple of miles. At least four chiffchaff singing and one (brief) blackcap. Two separate pairs of mandarin on the river.

Allan Dowson


Wed 24th Mar 2021

Main sighting: Avocet

Avocet numbers are increasing.Today there were at least 75 Avocets mostly on the tidal area.10h00-11h45

Mark Davies

River Usk , Abergavenny

Wed 24th Mar 2021

Main sighting: Sand Martin

2 Sand Martin just above Llanfoist Bridge this afternoon
Sorry about spelling of Ouzel on previous post

Mark Davies

The Skirrid

Wed 24th Mar 2021

Main sighting: Ring Ousel

Male Ring Ousel just below the trig point

John Edwards


Tue 23rd Mar 2021

Main sighting: Chiff chaff

Heard and saw first chiff chaff near river Ebbw

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