Sightings

Dan Webb

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 14th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Black-tailed Godwit

AM visit over HT with regular showers coming up the channel. 13 black-tailed godwits dropped into 1st lagoon from up high, presumably fresh arrivals, golden plover flying over 3rd lagoon then out to the pill. Around 30 avocets including two copulating pairs, a pair of ringed plover on each island with one pair copulating and nest scraping, c30 lapwings many in pairs with nest scraping and display, c30 redshank with display flights, 8 oystercatcher with 4 birds ‘piping’ at each other a great deal of fun to watch.
Duck numbers down with under 30 wigeon, c80 teal, c50 shoveler, 10 gadwall. 16 tufted duck plus a grey flanked hybrid or at least some genes of another aythya sp.
5 female goldeneye still present. C90 shelduck in roost, 3 curlew came in later on. Early on Blair saw and photographed a flock of 6 knot and 1 dunlin. Glossy ibis feeding amongst rushes of second lagoon.
Passerines included minimum of 2 singing chiffs, 6 singing redwings, a group of 20 plus fieldfares in the hedge that then headed north east quite high. 3 mipits display flighting, 8 plus skylarks many display flighting and fighting, also pair of long tailed tits in suitable nesting habitat and singing reed bunting and 2 cetti’s warblers.

Grant Robinson

Skirrid Fawr

Sat 14th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Curlew

First curlew of the year calling today.
Stay safe everyone.

Trevor Russell

Monmouth garden

Sat 14th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Male Blackcap

Male Blackcap self-isolating on a seed feeder in my garden

John Davies

Abergavenny

Sat 14th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Chiffchaff & Blackcap

Chiffchaff & Blackcap singing their hearts out the early morning dog walk – Abergavenny.

Hugh James

Magor Marsh

Fri 13th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Marsh harrier

A close view from car park as it landed for prey in reeds, took off after a minute or so.

Mike andJackie Pointon

NWR Uskmouth

Fri 13th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Firecrest

Firecrest 1 Goldcrest 1 both gnat catching , Chiffchaff 4 two (singing) Cetti’s warbler 1 seen plus 6 heard. Peregrine 1 Kestrel 1 Buzzard 1 Linnet 30.

John Davies

Goytre

Wed 11th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Barn Owl

Barn Owl flying over the A4042 near Goytre

lee ashcroft

henllys

Tue 10th Mar 2020

Main sighting: red kite

red kite flying low over henllys lanes. first time ive seen one here

Daniel Webb

Goldcliff Lagoons

Tue 10th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Knot

Wet and windy morning high tide WeBS on lagoons pushed in 2 knot amongst the 65 curlew, 14 oystercatchers, 36 avocets, 14 redshank, 166 teal, 80 shoveler, 29 wigeon, 80 shelduck, also a chiffchaff near entrance

Kevin Wood

Brynmawr ponds

Mon 9th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Snipe

Morning visit at 7.40am, which included visits to all 3 ponds, 4 Snipe on the small pool near bridge, up to 6 on another recent visit. Machine pond busy with Male Goosander, Cormorant, 15 Canada Geese, Tufted Duck, Mallard, pair of Mute Swans and Coots with nesting material. Pair of Bullfinches, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch and Blue Tits visiting nesting box, also Great Tit and long tailed along Hedge rows.Raven overhead and lots of Magpies visiting nest sites. Dunlop Semtex pond much quieter but Great Crested Grebe near Island in middle of pond 4 female Goosanders and Lesser Black backed gulls returning to site.

John Lawton

Salt Marsh Lane/Red House Barn

Mon 9th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Red Kite

Red Kite seen over the entrance to Salt Marsh Road/Red House Barn: exit stage left, pursued by a Crow, in the direction of Goldcliff

Graham Agg

Raglan

Sun 8th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Red Kite

Red Kite low over roundabout at Raglan early afternoon.

Next event

Apr
25
Sat
2020
9:00 am [CANCELLED, sorry] Brynmawr, Bea... @ Brynmawr, Beaufort and Garnlydan
[CANCELLED, sorry] Brynmawr, Bea... @ Brynmawr, Beaufort and Garnlydan
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
A moderate 2 – 3 hour walk for mountain & moorland birds. Meet Nick Beswick at the ASDA Brynmawr car park at 9:00 amShare this:TwitterFacebook