Sightings

John

Goldcliff

Mon 29th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Wood Sandpiper

Fantastic birding in Goldcliff at the moment with our resident Glossy Ibis alternating between the foreshore and Prior’s so a lot easier to see than when it disappeared between dawn and dusk. Also on Prior’s a Black Swan, 300+ Black-Tailed Godwits, 34 Dunlin, some Knot and a Greenshank mixed in. I saw a Green and some Common Sandpipers on Saturday but heard reports of a Wood Sandpiper so returned today. Checked from hide one and the successive platforms down to ‘Snipe’ overlooking Prior’s, but didn’t see any Sandpipers however looking back towards the first hide caught a glimpse of a Greenshank so I headed back there to find the Wood Sandpiper and two Green Sandpipers just off the near bank. They later moved towards the back of the island and disappeared up there.

jon holmes

coed morgan abergavenny

Mon 29th Jul 2019

Main sighting: grey partridge

covey of 6 grey partridges, 2 ad,4 well grown juvs in adjacent field. First sighting in this area for over 15 years

Chris Stone

Sudbrook

Sun 28th Jul 2019

Main sighting: med gull Ad

After doing some gardening sat down on the balcony to cool down raised my bins at an approaching gull which turned out to be an Ad Med gull. Also 58 Mallard

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 27th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Green Sandpiper

Updates for Nev Davies post. Firstly an amendment – the Hobby was a Peregrine – checked after review of my pics. Secondly we also saw a Green Sandpiper. John Lawton will have some nice videos.

N J Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 27th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Black Swan

Buzzard 1, curlew 14, heron 4 (2 juvs), cettis calling, lapwing 85, shelduck, reed warbler 1 singing, gt b b gull 2 (adult and 2nd yr bird), spoonbill 2 (left around 8am), lt egret family group of 5 together and 2 separate adults elsewhere, gadwall 10, mute swan 8, redshanks 23, ringled plover 10, black-tailed godwit 318, black swan 1, yellow wagtail 2 calling, sand martin 67, swallow 97, knot 4 (1 in full breeding plumage), dunlin only 8, wigeon 1 fem, water rail squealing. Joined at this point by Blair Jones and John Lawton – shoveler 2, kestrel hovering, glossy ibis showing well from snipe platform then went onto the mudflats to feed before returning to the lagoons, common sandpiper 1, lt grebe 1 juv, kingfisher (showed twice), chiffchaff 2 (contact calls), tufted duck 1, hobby over briefly, whimbrel (1 on mudflats), greenshank 1, redstart (on hedge leading to sea wall) and whitethroat 1. Lepidoptera: numerous meadow browns and fresh gatekeepers, small tortoiseshell 1, red admiral 1, large skipper 1, small white 2.

Chris and Julie West and digger.

Garden Abergavenny

Sat 27th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Greenfinch

Pair of green finch calling for last 2 days

Noc Goddard

Raglan, Groesenon Rd.

Sat 27th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Red Kite

Bird was feeding on prey, in the carriage way and took off in front off in front of me at 08:55 this morning.

Joanne Dyer

Coed-Eva Cwmbran

Fri 26th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Roundabout on Ty Gwyn Road Roundabout

Red Kite spotted this morning on my way to work. Fantastic couldn’t believe my eyes.

John Lawton

Goldcliff

Fri 26th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Spoonbills

2 Spoonbills still present, 3 Common Sandpipers and 2 Curlew on Monk’s and large numbers of Lapwing, Blackwits, Redshank etc all sheltering in the lee of the big reedbed at the far end of Prior’s with the Spoonbills

B Thomas

Goldcliff

Thu 25th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Spoonbill

AM: 2 spoonbill, 1 greenshank, 4 common sandpiper, 8 avocet

Roger Price

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 24th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Greenshanks

Additional later sighting of 2 Greenshanks (adult and juv), kingfisher and sp Turnstone

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 24th Jul 2019

Main sighting: Spoonbill

There were two Spoonbills on priors both sub adults also, Black-tailed Godwit 311 Dunlin 400 Knot 3 Little Egret 8 Mediterranean Gull 1 Kestrel 2 one caught a vole. Black-tailed Skimmer 6 Blue-tailed Damselfly 1 Gatekeeper 6 and Meadow Brown lots.

Next event

Sep
28
Sat
2019
7:30 pm Wildlife in Spitsbergen – Revisited @ Goytre Village Hall
Wildlife in Spitsbergen – Revisited @ Goytre Village Hall
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Wildlife in Spitsbergen - Revisited @ Goytre Village Hall
This evening’s speaker, Al Venables, will take us to within 700 miles of the North Pole on this his second visit to Spitsbergen undertaken in 2017.