Sightings

David Hathaway

Myndd Du

Wed 2nd Oct 2019

Main sighting: Hen Harrier(Hen bird)

Hen Harrier flying low over heather up toward the reservoir.

Also flock of fieldfares went over my house this morning(5.10.19)

Mike andJackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 2nd Oct 2019

Main sighting: Hobby

A Hobby hunting dragonflies late morning and early afternoon.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 2nd Oct 2019

Main sighting: Kestrel and Marsh Harrier

Evening visit at low tide. All three lagoons and full of water. Unfortuntately they were devoid of waders this evening. Priors is looking like Swan Lake – 12 Mute Swans and 1 Black Swan. Hedgerows were full of Chiff Chaffs, Robins and others small birds. Green Woodpecker seen at the back of the Redshank Platform. Female Kestrel was hunting near Seawall Hide. She was picking off what looked like field voles which appear to be abundant in the field along the seawall.
Out on the mud were 48 Knots, 20C Black Tailed Godwits, 62 x Oystercatchers, 20+ Curlews and 80+ Black Headed Gulls. Lots of Drafgonflies around and Swallows and House Martins over the fields.
Female Marsh Harrier quartered Priors and caused all the Teal to take flight.

Chris Stone

Sudbrook

Wed 2nd Oct 2019

Main sighting: Knot

Redshank c100 – Knot c30 – Swallows c100

Simon James Bedfiord

Goldcliff/ Saltmarsh Lane

Tue 1st Oct 2019

Main sighting: Migrants

Quiet at the Lagoons as NRW doing important works flail mowing but Little Egret Teal Sparrowhawk Wheatear Meadow Pipit Willow Warbler Greylag Mute Swan Snipe and Curlew still present among others . SALTMARSH Lane alive with Goldcrest willow warbler Redstart ( female} Chiffchaff Blackcap A late Whitethroat !! Tawny owl ( flushed from ivy covered willow on main footpath ) Kestrel male Song and Mistle Thrush single yellowhammer on the seawall . Male Sparrowhawk being mobbed by raven and sedentary robins Tits and chaffinch .

N J Davies

West Usk Estuary

Mon 30th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Curlew sandpiper

Sighting received from and posted on behalf of Mike Smart (Curlew Ringing Project Group)
25 Mute Swans feeding in field behind the seawall; at least 300 Shelducks; 2 Wigeon; at least 150 Oystercatchers; 5 Ringed Plovers; 4 Grey Plovers; 60 Dunlin; 1 Curlew Sandpiper; 40 Knot; 110 Curlews; 5 Bar-tailed Godwits; 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Redshanks, 5 Turnstones, at least 50 Swallows 5 House Martins, 1 Wheater.

Chris Wells

Goldcliff Lagoons

Mon 30th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Red-necked Phalarope

A juvenile Red-necked Phalarope at Goldcliff Lagoons viewed from Avocet Hide last seen 10:52, very mobile.

Two Spoonbill, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel present.

Mr Allan Dowson

goldcliff lagoons

Sun 29th Sep 2019

Main sighting: spoonbill

Two Spoonbills from the extended platform.Glossy Ibis from the same platform.Another birder had a report of a Red Necked Phalarope seen earlier in the afternoon,also from same platform.17h00-18h15

Chris Stone

Sudbrook

Sun 29th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Goosander

Male almost certainly seen again floating up river severn (from bedroom window) approx. 8’ish this am

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 28th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Bar-tailed Godwit

Very hard going birding wise with high winds and heavy showers, but highlights from a dawn to mid-morning visit included 17 bar-tailed godwits in amongst some black-tailed godwits, 73 dunlin, 189 curlew from hide 1 (4 colour ringed birds from the Severn ringing project present), 63 knot, black swan, 4 gt black-backed gulls over low which moved the curlews off, female kestrel, 1 heron and 3 lt egrets only, 1 greenshank, female sparrowhawk, 1 yellow wagtail, 2 wheatears, 2 snipe, pair of stonechats, 1 skylark, 3 grey plovers and 21 ringed plovers. At one point 620 shelduck (possibly more) flew up from behind the seawall before dropping down near the Pill. The 2 spoonbills were present again and appear to be juvenile birds based on their bill colouring? Cettis calling also and a chiffchaff (contact call) picked up.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 26th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Woodlark

Evening visit – male kestrel hunting, 63 shelduck, 8 lt egrets, 2 spoonbill feeding on 1st and 2nd lagoons, 2 wheatears, 6 yellow wagtails, smaller passage of meadow pipits, only 6 swallows, 2 chiffchaffs (contact calls), 1 buzzard, 1 heron and an adult female marsh harrier. It was hard going with the high wind and showers so third hide and seawall not visited. However, back at hide 1 was a mix of 75 ringed plovers, 11 dunlin, 1 curlew sandpiper, 1 knot, 12 grey plovers later joined by 2 golden plovers, 20 lapwing, 1 greenshank, 1 ruff and 2 common redshanks. A low flyover woodlark (seen and calling) was the highlight of the visit.

Chris Forster Brown

Newcastle

Thu 26th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Goshawk

Goshawk circling over valley and woodland somewhere near Newcastle, Mon. Mobbed by crow. Nearby several tens of hirundines still.

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