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John Bennett

garden in Usk

Sun 22nd Mar 2020

Main sighting: Comma butterfly

Comma butterfly on the Rosemary .Also chiffchaff heard a few days ago

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 21st Mar 2020

Main sighting: Marsh Harrier and Waders

Later afternoon visit. Spoke to a few people who reported to me seeing a female Hen Harrier on three occasions. I was unable to refind it. A juveline “male” looking Marsh Harrier visited on two occasions quatering Priors Lagoon particularly. The population of Redshanks seems to have exploded. Lots all over the reserve. Noted Avocets were congregating on Monks today – 73c. Black tailed Godwits on Monks 33. I saw separate flock of 20+ birds, Flock of 31 Knots flew over Priors. Mixed Flock of Dunlins and Ringed Plover on Monks . Quite a few Gadwall around. Chiff Chaffs have started singing in hedgrows particularly at entrance. Cettis calling behind Snipe Platform. Glossy Ibis showing well and spent quite a bit of time on Monks Lagoon today.

Peter O'Duffy

Gilwern Hill quarries

Fri 20th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Wheatear

Two Wheatears at Gilwern Hill quarrires

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 20th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Chiffchaffs

AM visit: 11 chiffchaffs noted (9 near the entrance) and a cettis calling also and the three stonechats still present along the fence line. Hide one – 1 buzzard, 120 starlings, single redwing through, group of 24 crows together and already harassing the waders, lapwing, 24 redshanks, 2 pairs of skylarks, 2 pairs ringed plovers, 1 mute swan. Redshank platform – 2 goldcrests in the willow, blackcap singing from the hedgeline, snipe calling, 2 black-tailed goswits amongst a good number of 43 avocets and 2 mute swans. Snipe platform – 92 teal, 104 shoveler (good numbers today), 96 wigeon, glossy showing intermittently, 3 pairs of tufted ducks, 4 pairs of gadwall and a pair of little grebes. Seawall – good numbers of curlew and shelduck on the mudflats with 2 gt black-backed gulls and 8 dunlin only. Hide three – the ringed Canada Goose (FANC) from Windermere was present again. Back at hide one 2 pairs of reed buntings were flying about.

Neville Davies

Red Farm Barn lagoon

Fri 20th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Sand Martins

9 sand martins feeding over the lagoon early this morning.

John Lawton

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 20th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Skylark

A pair of Skylarks on the fence as it turns towards the sea wall hide, others heard although not seen. Avocet and Redshank numbers continuing to build. Ringed Plovers taking possession of their nesting spaces on the island in Monks. Glossy Ibis seen on Prior’s. The usual high numbers of Shoveler, Wigeon, Shelduck, Canada Geese, Greylag also a pair of Gadwall. A Snipe was spooked from by the electric fence on the way down to hide three. It waited until I was practically on top of it before flying towards the reed bed on Prior’s and I was told for it to be waiting like this is more characteristic of a Jack Snipe.

Allan Dowson

goldcliff lagoons

Fri 20th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Little Ringed Plover

1-LRP,1-Ringed Plover both on 1st island,43-Avocets and 2-Spotted Redshanks all on monks lagoon.10h30-13h00.

John Evans

Lliswerry pond

Thu 19th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Sand Martin

At least three buzzing the pond at 1300

Toby Fountain

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 19th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Hen Harrier

High tide at 14:30. Ringtail Hen Harrier buzzed the ducks on Priors’s Lagoon before landing on the bank of Monk’s Lagoon in full view for a minute or so, then flew off over the sea wall heading west. Good variety of waders: 23 Redshank, 14 Ringed Plover, 12 Lapwing, 7 Avocet, 6 Curlew, 5 Dunlin, 3 Snipe and 2 Oystercatcher on Monk’s. Glossy Ibis still present as well as a Kestrel and Fieldfares in hedgerow behind hides. Was unable to take a look at the ducks on Prior’s due to extremely bad weather!

Jim Wilkinson

Goldcliff sea wall hide

Tue 17th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Great skua

Clear view at 12.05 as it spooked lots of ducks and the glossy ibis from the lake in front/right of hide. Wing markings very visible both top and under wing

Paul Coombes

Griffithstown - Garn lakes, Cycle track

Mon 16th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Willow warbler

2 Hr bike ride from along the cycle track – home to Garn lakes and back. 23 species observed/heard.
Willow warbler, female blackcap, female siskin stood out for me!
Others included: Buzzard, green woodpecker, Nuthatch, great tit, blue tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Blackbird, song thrush, Robin, carrion crow, Jackdaw, Wood pigeon, black headed gull, Canada goose, Coot, Mallard, Goldcrest, Bullfinch, house sparrow,

mark davies

The Blorenge

Mon 16th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Red Grouse

Two Red grouse on the Blorenge this morning plus lots of singing Skylarks & Meadow Pipits and a couple of pairs of Stonechat

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