Sightings

Adrian and Charlotte Edwards

Haendre Lake St Mellons

Sun 19th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Snipe

10 Snipe, 3 great crested grebe, kingfisher
Grey heron, and the usuals.

Waltraud Englefield

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 19th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis on island straight out from Marsh Viewing screen. Also Snipe from snipe screen and Black Necked Grebe at far back.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Point

Sat 18th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Ravens and Pied Wagtails

Further to Nevs post – 2 x Ravens and 2 x Pied Wagtails warly on at dawn.

Blair Jones and Paul Coombes

Goldcliff Lagoons and Foreshore

Sat 18th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Black-Necked Grebe, and Waders

Lots on offer at the reserve but very boggy – wellies advisable. Monks – Peregrine Falcon in its usual spot on the island. Priors – 2 x Goldeneye, 1 x Pintail, 2 x Snipe in front of the “snipe platform”. Black- Necked Grebe showing very well. Other – Tufted Ducks, Teal, Gadwall, Little Grebe, Redshank, Glossy Ibis, Mute Swans, Greylags, Canada Geese, Wigeon, Shovelers and Shelduck. Good flock of 20+ Curlews. STone Chats and Meadow Pipits. Marsh Harrier quartered Priors early on.
Becs – was quiet. Mainly Shelduck.
Foreshore mud ( from the seawall) – Nice flock of Dunlins 100+, c20 Grey Plover, 14 Avocets, 10+ Knot, Curlews 30+, Pintail Flock c10. Great Black Backed Gull x 2 . Oystercatchers 30+.
Buzzards x 2 and Carrion Crows. Large numbers of Wigeon. Lapwing seen towards Saltmarsh c100.
Hedgerows full of Fieldfae and Redwings.

Blair Jones

Newport Wetlands Uskmouth

Sat 18th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Blair Jones

Afternoon visit to Uskmouth through sunset to dusk. Waders observed on the mud – flock of Dunlins, Knot and Grey Plover ( c80 birds in total). Big flock of 300+ Dunlins. Curlews 30+, Wigeon 100 +. Flock of c15 Linnet 1 x Buzzard. Water Rails calling regularly in reeds leading to Saltmarsh Lane.
Dusk – Hen Harrier ( Ringtail) quartering the reeds.

Blair Jones

Newport Wetlands Uskmouth

Sat 18th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Hen Harrier

Afternoon visit to Uskmouth through sunset to dusk. Waders observed on the mud – flock of Dunlins, Knot and Grey Plover ( c80 birds in total). Big flock of 300+ Dunlins. Curlews 30+, Wigeon 100 +. Flock of c15 Linnet 1 x Buzzard. Water Rails calling regularly in reeds leading to Saltmarsh Lane.
Dusk – Hen Harrier ( Ringtail) quartering the reeds.

Adrian and Charlotte Edwards

Peter stone golf club and gout

Sat 18th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Fieldfare

200+ fieldfare (on golf course fairways) with 30 starlings and 20 redwings; 2 stonechat (1m 1f) 50 redshank, 30 oystercatchers, 20 curlew. Teal and wigeon, shelduck, 2 sanderling, 2 pied wagtail, 2 cormorant.

Neville Davies

Red Barn and Boat Lane

Sat 18th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Avocet

Red Barn area: 2 herons, 126 lapwing, 4 male and 3 female tufted ducks, 108 wigeon, 2 shoveler, 2 mute swans, pair gadwall, 1 cettis calling and 2 skylark overhead. Boat Lane area; 2 buzzards perched on sea wall and 1 overhead, 1 water rail squealing, 1 cettis calling, green woodpecker yaffling and 3 skylarks overhead. From the seawall – 380 wigeon, 56 teal, 48 mallards, 2 gt black-backed gulls and an interesting mix of waders with 17 avocet, 92 dunlin, 10 knot, 42 black-tailed godwits and 53 redshanks. Also seen near the wall, male stonechat, 4 wrens and a chiifchaff feeding in the foliage underneath the wall.

Neville Davies / Blair Jones

Goldcliff Point

Sat 18th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Turnstone

Dawn visit highlights: Grey heron 1, oystercatcher 5, curlew 4, shelduck 4, redshank 2, dunlin 19, teal 11 and a good count of 54 turnstone.

Denis Parkes

Goldcliff

Fri 17th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Black-necked grebe

Peregrine, Black-necked grebe, Glossy ibis, at least 2 Goldeneye, little grebe, kestrel and good numbers of teal, wigeon, shelduck, gadwall and shoveller. Nearby (2 miles East) 90-100 fieldfare with 100+ starling and 20+ redwing.

Webteam

Newport Wetlands Reserve

Thu 16th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Counters needed

Volunteers are needed to help with Newport Wetlands monthly WeBS and High Tide counts. See the Home page for more details.

Neil Farr

The Bryn (church), nr. Abergavenny to Llanvihangel Gobion (church). Usk Valley Walk.

Sun 12th Jan 2020

Main sighting: Male Goosander

Three red kites above the Usk river and adjacent fields.
Four female goosanders, one male goosander and one little egret on the river.
Canada geese in the field, one cormorant and one grey wagtail on the shores of the river. Further on there were 10 herring gulls and one great black-back gull in a field, mute swans – some on the field others in pools.
One blue, one great tit and one great-spotted woodpecker in the trees and long tailed tits nr. Llanvihangel Gobion church. One buzzard opposite the river on the ground with prey, possibly a rook.

Next event

Apr
25
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2020
9:00 am [CANCELLED, sorry] Brynmawr, Bea... @ Brynmawr, Beaufort and Garnlydan
[CANCELLED, sorry] Brynmawr, Bea... @ Brynmawr, Beaufort and Garnlydan
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
A moderate 2 – 3 hour walk for mountain & moorland birds. Meet Nick Beswick at the ASDA Brynmawr car park at 9:00 amShare this:TwitterFacebook