Sightings

Mr Neville James Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 24th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Warbler passerines

Dawn visit and joined later by John Lawton. Excellent mornings migration, highlights included 2 buzzards, house martins, 8 lt egrets, 3 herons, 6 curlew (71 more on mudflats), 46 swallows passing through with 6 sand martins, 1 common sandpiper, 1 greenshank, 1 black swan which relocated to the Pill, 10 teal, 21 gadwall, 10 shoveler, 1 cettis, an excellent count of 266 knot, 59 redshank, 233 black-tailed godwits, 1 common snipe, 1st yr male merlin on the seawall, 1 sedge and 2 reed warblers in the reeds opposite snipe platform, and 2 female kestrels. Seawall – the wall had 18 yellow wagtails along it (11 also seen over the lagoons),with 2 wheatears also. 2 grey plovers and 1 whimbrel on the mud. Working their way through the hedgeline opposite the snipe platform was migration in full swing with 2 male and 1 female common redstarts seen with 3 common whitethroats, 1 lesser whitethroat, 15 chiffchaffs, 2 spotted and 1 pied flycatchers. Awesome.

MARIE PUGH

St Julian’s Park Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

Fri 23rd Aug 2019

Main sighting: Pair of Sparrow hawks

Witnessed a Pidgeon kill by a Sparrow hawk, whilst another circled nearby in the sky

Mike andJackie Pointon

Llandegfedd Reservoir

Fri 23rd Aug 2019

Main sighting: Common Scoter

A drake Common Scoter was seen between 10-45 and 11-15 at the northern end of the reservoir.
It was not seen again after disturbance by a power boat.

Simon James Bedford

Llanyrafon

Fri 23rd Aug 2019

Main sighting: Raptors

8 Common Buzzards and 1 fem Peregrine circling high over garden at 09 30

Verity Picken

River south of Usk

Thu 22nd Aug 2019

Main sighting: Little Egret

Only my second Little Egret for this site. Also 15 Goosander and a loose mixed flock of Mistle Thrushes (c.15) and Starlings moving along through the trees beside the river.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 21st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Wheatears and Yellow Wagtails

Evening visit. Priors – 300+ Black Tailed Godwits, 30C Knots all took off a were seen feeding on the mud. 25+ Lapwings. 4 + Yellow Wagtails and 4+ Wheatears feeding on flies around the cow heard. Kestrel, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk seen from seawall hide. Big flock of Starlings and Swallows even gulls seemed to be feeding on insects in the air especially around the wall area.
Big thanks to NRW and friends of Goldcliff as expansion to Snipe platform is great.

John Lawton

Monk's Lagoon, Goldcliff

Wed 21st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Canada Geese

128 Canada Geese in front of the first hide at 8:00 am noisily honking as many took off in a large skein. 6 Curlew, 11 Shovelers in eclipse plumage and 8 Shelduck similar. One Greylag. One Great Black Backed Gull juvenile, small number of Black-Headed Gulls, 3 Little Egrets. 3 Kestrel over by the sea wall, ‘Bosprey’ on the end of the fence to the right of the hide, at high tide mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plovers.

Roger Price

Peterstone Gout

Wed 21st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Shelduck

On the morning tide: 262 Shelduck, 137 Mallard, 124 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 57 Oystercatcher, 6 Curlew, 71 Dunlin, 63 Ringed Plover, 4 Turnstone, 4 Lgrt, Heron, Cormorant.

Verity Picken

Llangybi

Wed 21st Aug 2019

Main sighting: House Martins

At least 50 House Martins swooping up to the eaves and sitting on the gutters of our house this morning, imprinting for next year. The number is surprising as most pairs which attempted nest-building were evicted by House Sparrows and only one pair was known to be successful.

MARIE PUGH

Gleblands Park Newport

Tue 20th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Male and Female Bullfinches

Pair of Bullfinch seen eating flower heads at far end of the park

Mike Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Tue 20th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Snipe Platform extension

A big thank you to Brian Thomas, John Bennet and Alan Dowson who turned up at very short notice to work on the Snipe platform extension. Along with myself Tom and Kevin we managed to finish most of the work. It just remains to put the brash in place which is to be done Thursday. The platform can now be used-enjoy.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 17th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Curlew

Late evening visit at high tide and dusk.Distributed between Monks and Becs, 400c Curlew, 112 Oystercatchers, 300+ Black Headed Gulls. 40c Dunlin and 50+ Shelduck. Priors – 300c Black Tailed Godwits, 12 Knot, 5 Little Egrets, 4 Mute swans and Black Swan. Notably on Becs a single Ruff feeding on the mud. Small flock of Ringed Plovers. Tide was high tonight and seemed to push a lot in.

Next event

Sep
28
Sat
2019
7:30 pm Wildlife in Spitsbergen – Revisited @ Goytre Village Hall
Wildlife in Spitsbergen – Revisited @ Goytre Village Hall
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Wildlife in Spitsbergen - Revisited @ Goytre Village Hall
This evening’s speaker, Al Venables, will take us to within 700 miles of the North Pole on this his second visit to Spitsbergen undertaken in 2017.