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Sightings

Neville James Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 19th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Great White Egret

En-route to hides – pheasants, collard dove, wrens, herring gulls, chaffinch, blue tits, woodpigeons, starlings, mallards, blackcaps, heron, blackbirds, moorhen, whitethroat, chiffchaffs, robin and green woodpecker. Hide one – very active, lesser whitethroat feeding in bushes outside of the hide, linnets, skylarks, cettis, goldfinches, Canada geese, 4 lt egrets, 547 black-tailed godwit’s most in spectacular breeding plumage, meadow pipits, 42 shelduck, 23 avocet (one pair copulating), 6 teal, 24 redshanks, 2 wigeon, 2 oystercatchers, 1 ringed plover, coot, drake pintail, 4 gadwall, crows, ls black-backed gull, greylags, 2 lapwing, 7 shoveler, ravens, 2 cormorants, 2 sand martins, jackdaws, stonechat and 1 swallow. Hide two – marsh harrier and magpies. Snipe platform – 6 mute swans, reed buntings, gt white egret flying away from the reserve but returned around 0900 hrs, 2nd swallow, 2 pairs tufteds and a single male and gt tits. Seawall – 6 more swallows, 1 gt black-backed gull and the first ever for me, no curlew on the mudflats or saltmarsh. Hide three – 24 more avocet, 2 more drake pintail, 2 more cormorants, 4 more wigeon and a buzzard. Back at hide 1 – handsome bar-tailed godwit in with the black-tailed and a single curlew flying past.

iain crawford

Wyesham

Fri 19th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Kestrel

Male kestrel, flew South over school uttering alarm call

Mark Whitaker

Grosmont

Wed 17th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Curlew

Call heard four times in earshot of my house (village centre) at 11.35am. Only third time in six years living here.

Neville James Davies

Cefn Hengoed

Sun 14th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Tree Pipit

Male displaying / calling.

Neville James Davies

Thornhill / Caerphilly

Sat 13th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Tree Pipit

Slightly out of county border, but 2 displaying on my walk this morning.

Geoff North

River walk in Trethomas

Sat 13th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Tawny owl

Unfortunately there was a drowned tawny owl tangled up in old fishing netting by the river walk in Trethomas.

iain crawford

Tregate bridge to Skenfrith

Fri 12th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Mistle thrush

Mistle thrush, song thrush, f blackcap, chiffchaff, Green woodpecker, 3 buzzards, 2 goldfinches, 6 sand Martins, a swallow and a male mandarin duck.

Neville James Davies

Machen

Fri 12th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Tawny Owl

Calling twice at 1314 hrs.

Neville James Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 12th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Wheatear and Warblers

En-route to hides – woodpigeons, robin, sparrows, wren, blue tits, magpies, pheasant, crows, chiffchaffs, song thrush, blackbirds, blackcap, dunnock, goldfinches, cettis and collard dove. Hide one – 4 skylarks, 14 redshanks, 5 oystercatchers ‘piping’, 4 little egrets, Canada geese, shelduck, 18 teal, 5 avocet, 2 lapwing, 7 shoveler, spotted redshank starting to turn black, coot, ls black-backed gulls, mallards, herring gulls, 2 pairs wigeon, 4 snipe, reed bunting, wheatear, marsh harriers, pair of grey plovers and a buzzard. Hide two – cormorant, reed warbler in partial song, willow warbler and whitethroat in full song and greylags. Snipe platform – 2 swallows, 4 little grebes, 2 mute swans and a fly-past snipe. Marsh platform – 4 male and 2 fem tufted ducks. Seawall – 30 curlew. Hide three – 77 more shelduck, 26 more avocet, 4 more cormorants, stonechat pair, meadow pipits, pair ringed plovers, 2 herons, starling pair, linnets and 2 pairs pintail. Black-tailed godwits numbered 311, at 0830 a male peregrine tried to single one out and failed. He returned at 0837 and split the flock pursuing a group of 45, which ‘pumped’ higher and the peregrine gave up. At this point the 45 drifted off high towards the Penarth headland direction. Also while this was going on a greenshank broke cover and flew off towards Goldcliff Point.

Roger jenkins

Oakdale

Wed 10th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Wheatear

Female Wheatear behind factories at Oakdale.

Deborah Tee

Canal towpath, Llanfoist

Tue 9th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Pied Flycatcher

Seen 500m north-west of the canal tunnel above Llanfoist. Perched briefly before flying Northward.

Mark Davies

Abergavenny

Mon 8th Apr 2024

Main sighting: Pied Flycatcher

Female Pied Flycatcher on river bank just above Llanfoist bridge . Also first swallows of the year

Next event

May
26
Sun
2024
8:30 am Outdoor meeting Trellech Heaths @ Trellech Heaths
Outdoor meeting Trellech Heaths @ Trellech Heaths
May 26 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Meet at Ninewells Car Park  SO 51495 03853 at 08:30 Moderate 2-3 hour walk