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Sightings

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 2nd Jul 2022

Main sighting: Mediterranean gull

0600-0900, hard going in the wind and heavy showers, but highlights included 2 chiffchaffs, 1 common whitethroat and 1 blackcap generally. Hide two – 108 redshanks, skylark singing, 81 lapwing, 7 black-tailed godwits, linnets, 5 oystercatchers, buzzard overhead, kestrel hunting, 5 dunlin only, 2 swifts, cettis calling, little ringed plover with 2 fully grown chicks, male teal, cormorant, 146 black-headed gulls including 5 juveniles, also juvenile Med gull mixed in, 10 ringed plovers, 5 swallows and a sedge warbler in the small reeds near the fence. Hide three – half a mute swan eggshell outside and feather remains of a lesser black-backed gull, 45 mallards, 1 little egret, 46 shelduck and 6 meadow pipits passing. Seawall – very quiet, 5 curlew only. Marsh platform – non-breeding spotted redshank amongst the mallards, 17 mute swans and a fly-past stock dove. Other: several meadow browns and 1 ringlet.

Verity Picken

Usk

Fri 1st Jul 2022

Main sighting: Swifts

Still plenty of Swifts screaming and accessing nesting sites in Usk.

Chris/Theresa Stone

Black rock/Passage pill

Tue 28th Jun 2022

Main sighting: Dabchick

Dabchick – adult in a strange place yesterday evening

David Stokes

Chapel Road, Goldcliff

Mon 27th Jun 2022

Main sighting: Barn Owl

The owl was on a post near the reen. It moved to the next fence post before diving into the long grass. It emerged with its prey and flew low level towards the nearby farm.

Verity Picken

Gwent

Mon 27th Jun 2022

Main sighting: Curlew

If you see or hear Curlews calling in alarm or chasing off Buzzards & crows please email Curlew@gwentbirds.org.uk to report the sighting, giving the location & date. At this time of year these sadly declining birds may well have chicks. We’ve found three sites with miniscule chicks but need to locate all our breeding Curlews – your help could make a huge difference. #gwentbirds

Christopher and Julie West

Oxbow, river Usk.

Sun 26th Jun 2022

Main sighting: Grey Lag Geese

Pair of grey lag geese with 3 well developed goslings. Where have they bred?

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 24th Jun 2022

Main sighting: Little Ringed Plover

Low tide 10:00-13-00 Little ringed Plover 4 adults Lapwing 40 Ringed Plover 2 Redshank 40 including one juvenile Dunlin 8 Mallard 60 (some hybrid types) Mute Swan 14 Tufted Duck 2 Swift 8 Sand Martin 20+ Raven 5 Reed warbler 3 Whitethroat 3 Chiffchaff 3 Sparrowhawk 1 Buzzard 1. Not so good for butterflies and dragonflies today very windy. Marbled White 1 Meadow Brown 10 Blue-tailed Damselfly 1.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 22nd Jun 2022

Main sighting: Mediterranean gull

Afternoon visit, 44 species seen with highlights being (hide 1) – skylark singing, 2 chiffchaffs, 3 swallows, lesser whitethroat calling and a male house sparrow. Redshank platform – 5 oystercatchers, common whitethroat calling, 1 ringed plover, 1 white wagtail and cettis calling. Snipe platform – 15 mute swans, gt spotted woodpecker calling, 2 male tufteds, 45 mallards, 2 grey herons, 3 redshank and 1 male gadwall. Seawall – 25 curlew on the saltings and 27 sand martins flew in from along the wall and were aerial feeding over lagoon 2. Hide 3 – another 32 mallards on the bank with a male tufted and a pair of teal mixed in, 149 black headed gulls (1 juvenile bird) and an adult Med gull mixed in with the flock, single dunlin, 2 shelduck, 74 lapwing, reed warbler singing and 4 little egrets. Other – excellent mix of butterflies including numerous meadow browns and ringlets, 1 small tortoiseshell, large skippers, large and small whites, 1 marbled white, 5 painted ladies, burnet moth, 10 spot ladybird, 2 commas, male broad-bodied chaser, several migrant hawkers and 1 male common darter

Neville Davies

Red Barn Pools

Wed 22nd Jun 2022

Main sighting: Lesser whitethroat

Quiet today but 3 swallows, 1 blackcap, 1 lesser whitethroat, 1 redshank, 1 little egret and skylark seen.

Verity Picken

Moorland

Sun 19th Jun 2022

Main sighting: Curlew

Watched one of five Curlews mobbing a Red Kite, scoped 2 Curlew chicks and at another site saw 2 adult Curlews perched on a wall presumably standing guard over chicks – what a day! So, so lucky. Also Whinchat, Wheatear; Skylarks and pipits galore.

tony & jan jenkins

Magor to Undy foreshore

Sat 18th Jun 2022

Main sighting: shelduck

High tide walk from Magor pill, 250 + shelduck on foreshore, 55 curlew, 22 little egrets, flock of 20 linnets, a few goldfinches, whitethroat, a few swallows near the stables and return to van just as heavy rain started.

Keith Roylance

Trellech Heaths

Sat 18th Jun 2022

Main sighting: Pied Flycatcher

A very interesting & educational GOS walk this morning led by Steph Tyler. Only two members braved the much cooler day with heavy rain forecast from 9.00 am which didn’t materialise until 11.00 am.
Limited bird species the highlight being a Pied Flycatcher nesting in a bird box and visiting to feed young. Other species: Robin, Woodpigeon, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Wren, Carrion Crow, Grey Heron flying over, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Blackbird, Treecreeper, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Stonechat, Blue Tit and possible Redpoll.
Amongst the many plant species pointed out to us were: Zig-Zag Clover, Fairy Flax, Hedge Woundwort, Glaucous Sedge, Tormentil, Lesser Spearwort, Hard Fern, Marsh Thistle, Silverweed, Water Figwort, Marsh Bedstraw, Brookline Speedwort, Corn Mint, Bell Heather, Eared Willow,Scarlet Pimpernel, Yellow (Wood) Pimpernel, and many others. (Apologies to Steph if I have mis-spelled any.)

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