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Sightings

Adrian & Charlotte Edwards

Peterstone Gout

Sun 23rd Aug 2020

Main sighting: Curlew

More towards Peterstone village at high tide – >100 Curlews, similar Oystercatchers, >200 black headed gulls, also mallard, >50 swallows, 100 redshank, 2 greenshank, 5 ringed plover, 7 common sandpiper, 6 little egret, 1 grey heron

David Stokes

Chapel Road Goldcliff

Sat 22nd Aug 2020

Main sighting: Short Eared Owl

8.45am the Owl was quartering over A farm field.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 22nd Aug 2020

Main sighting: Curlew Sandpiper

Dawn – 11.30 Swallows 11, house martin 2 and chiffchaff contact call. Hide one – a whimbrel stayed hunkered down on the edge of the island (still there at 11.15), 2 grey herons, 4 little egrets, 1 common snipe and 1 cormorant (no sign of pec sand). Snipe Platform – single swift going over which was a nice surprise, 2 skylarks, glossy ibis, 281 black-tailed godwits. Marsh Platform – 51 lapwing, 1 greenshank in with common redshanks and 4 knot. Hide Three – this was where all the action was with a feeding flock of 146 dunlin, 198 ringed plovers with 7 turnstone, 2 sanderling (adult and a bird going into autumn/winter plumage) and 6 more knot (2 in breeding plumage). A juv curlew sandpiper came in and fed on the narrow bank of mud slightly right of the hide. A wheatear and 3 whinchats were on the fence line left of the hide and 2 sand martins passed over. A juv female peregrine passed through causing some commotion and a single ruff and a green sandpiper also seen. A kestrel flew overhead towards the Point. Other: comma, gatekeeper, meadow brown and large white butterflies, 3 migrant hawkers, 1 ruddy darter, several damselfly species to be ID with at least one blue-tailed.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 20th Aug 2020

Main sighting: Hundreds of Waders

Late evening visit to the reserve an hour before sunset.
Most amount of waders I have seen in a long time.
Monks had a big flock of small waders – Dunlins, Ringed Plovers, Turnstones and Knots x 300 +. As sunset approached maddive flock of Curlews came up from the Pill and sea wall and settled in Monks to roost 300+ ( Not all settled on Monks more landed on Becs)
Big flock of Black -Headed Gulls 100+, Great Black Backed Gull.
Peregrine came in on at least 2 occasions and caused havoc.
2 x Whimbrel also on Monks and Lapwings 30+.

Priors had the flock of Black Tailed-Godwits, Knots and Redshank ( only watched from a distance).

Ducked on the Pectroral.

Neville Davies / John lawton

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 20th Aug 2020

Main sighting: Whimbrel

06-30 – 11.15: 30 swallows on the wires with starlings by the entrance. Hide one – 220 black-headed gulls (6 juvs), 2 chiffchaffs (contact calls) and a view of about 5 mins of the pec sand before it flew off towards the seawall. Redshank platform – excellent count of 271 ringed plovers (my highest count here), 25 shelduck, 5 turnstone, 3 grey herons, teal numbers jumping now at 110 but only 3 common snipe today, 158 dunlin with 1 little stint mixed in, 1 mute swan over,3 yellow wagtails, 2 skylarks, 2 knot, single siskin overhead calling, 7 sand martins, 15 lapwing and 3 ravens. Snipe platform – 231 black-tailed godwits (including the ringed bird), 3 ruff, 58 redshanks, 5 little egrets, 12 knot, 2 greenshank flying through, 1 common sandpiper, green woodpecker calling and 1 stock dove (no sign of the ibis or last weeks wood sandpiper). Marsh platform – single garganey. Hide three – 2 wheatears and a yellow wagtail amongst the sheep, another greenshank and a whimbrel. 42 curlew on the mud had a ringed bird present (sighting submitted).

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 20th Aug 2020

Main sighting: Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper first seen near the first hide (photos on Gwent Birding Site thanks to John Lawton) Also: Little Stint 2 Ruff 2 Little ringed Plover 4 and lots of Ringed Plover and a large flock of BK-tailed Godwits and Kingfisher.
Other: Ruddy Darter 3 Emerald Damselfly 4 there were Hawkers not specifically Identified but thought to be Migrant.

Chris Hatch

Garn Lakes

Tue 18th Aug 2020

Main sighting: Great White Egret

Great White Egret still present at upper Garn Lake, Garn yr Erw

Bob Potter

Caldicot end of Prince of Wales Bridge

Mon 17th Aug 2020

Main sighting: Curlews

Approximately 100 Curlew at 16:45 as tide pushed higher; along with 140 Dunlin.
At 15:45 approximately 200+ Swallows feeding at the Caldicot levels behind Rogiet.

Chris & Theresa Stone

Sudbrook

Mon 17th Aug 2020

Main sighting: Bonxie

There was a Bonxie off Sudbrook/Black rock yesterday(16th) pm, it was floating down river with the tide, and when it reached the second Severn crossing would fly back up again and repeat the exercise. Next day(Monday) at approx. 6.30am there was two briefly, unfortunately I got called away briefly and when I returned, they were gone, but Trees seen two birds fly off.
I posted yesterday information yesterday, but probably because of my error it did not did not get submitted. There was also six Greenshanks at Black rock this morning. Also seen was an Oak Eggar moth.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 16th Aug 2020

Main sighting: Swift

Just a couple of additions to Blair’s list. Swift 2 near entrance Glossy Ibis 1 Black-tailed Godwit 373 (our highest count) Knot 19 Whitethroat 1 Little Ringed Plover 3. Also, Small Tortoiseshell 1 Meadow Brown Large White.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 16th Aug 2020

Main sighting: Little Stints

This mornings visit resulted in at last a sighting of two Little Stints in the channel on Monks Lagoon ( seen from first hide or the first platform).
Large numbers of Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins near the sea wall.
Yellow Wags, Pied Wags , Wheatears , Meadow Pipits and Linnets around the sea wall hide.
Raven x 1, Buzzard x 2, Ruff x 2, Common Sandpipers x 2.

Chris and Theresa Stone

Sudbrook

Sun 16th Aug 2020

Main sighting: Bonxie

Bonxie feeding off surface off Black rock still 6.45 pm

Next event

Sep
26
Sat
2020
7:30 pm CANCELLED, Sorry – A Peregrine O... @ Goytre Village Hall
CANCELLED, Sorry – A Peregrine O... @ Goytre Village Hall
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
CANCELLED, Sorry - A Peregrine Obsession @ Goytre Village Hall
Due to current social distancing requirements we are unable to hold indoor meetings. Simon Bedford will tell us about his relationship with peregrines, from schoolboy to Schedule 1 license holder, and introduce us to the ecology of this magnificent species.Share this:TwitterFacebook