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Sightings

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 4th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Ruff

Highlights of today’s hightide count: Ruff 2 Ringed Plover 34 LRP 2 Curlew 170 Snipe 3 Oystercatcher 103 Whimbrel 4 Black-tailed Godwit 315 Bar-tailed Godwit 1 Green Sandpiper 3 Wood Sandpiper 1 Greenshank 2 Knot 1 Dunlin 249 Black-headed Gull 490 Mediterranean Gull 2 Sparrowhawk 1 Kestrel 2 Yellow Wagtail 2 Black Swan 1 Tufted Duck 1 female with 1 young

Blair Jones and Paul Joy

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 3rd Aug 2019

Main sighting: Green Sandpiper and Merlin

Early AM first bird we saw today on Monks was a Green Sandpiper ( initially suspected Wood) but have now been able to review my pics. Neville has summarised a great deal of what was seen. Loads of waders today. Two Peregrines caused havoc. Highlight was a first year male Merlin which was ringed (Dan Web had a look at it as well). Curlews increasing in numbers and some ringed seen.

Roger Price

Peterstone Gout

Sat 3rd Aug 2019

Main sighting: Gulls

9am-10amish. Movement of 185+ juv Lesser Black-backed Gulls up channel along the Gwent coastline, 135 Mallard, 110 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Blackwit, 7 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Curlew, 6 Grey Lag Geese, 2 Heron, 2 Lgrt, 1 Cormorant, Kestrel, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat. An abundance of Painted Ladies.

N J Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 3rd Aug 2019

Main sighting: Merlin

63 species in morning visit including highlights of 4 chiffchaffs (hedge leading to seawall), green woodpecker, family group of mute swans and 2 separate adults, 3 herons, 360 black headed gulls (6 juvs), 198 curlew at high tide on 3rd lagoon (3 colour ringed birds and 3 whimbrel mixed in), 176 dunlin (6 juv birds also), 2 lt ringed plovers, 2 green sandpipers, 1 common sandpiper, gt b b gull, 6 teal, 4 ruff (2 together and 2 seperate birds elsewhere and all of different plumage’s), 146 sand martins through with 46 swallows (and resting briefly on mud 2nd lagoon), 4 knot (1 colour ringed adult), 1 spoonbill, 1 turnstone in breeding plumage, 36 coot, 2 buzzards, 136 redshanks, 1 cettis calling, sedge warbler feeding, 1 yellow wagtail over with 3 later on, female wigeon, 3 common snipe, 72 oystercatchers (lagoon 1), 1 greenshank, 1 wood sandpiper, 6 lt egrets, 3 reed warblers, gadwall, 2 peregrine possibly 1st year males?, 305 black-tailed godwits, 406 shelduck (raft on sea), male sparrowhawk hunting, female tufted, pair of stock doves and a 1st year male merlin from hide 3 which caught an eat a linnet. Unusually it had two metal leg rings as opposed to the usual one – wondering if possibly an escaped falconers bird? Other: good numbers of gatekeepers and meadow browns, 2 emperor dragonflies, 1 red admiral, 4 painted ladies and 1 small skipper.

Simon James Bedford

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 2nd Aug 2019

Main sighting: Wood Sandpiper

Single wood sandpiper in front of Snipe platform now .Also Blackwit 3 knot lapwing redshank 2 greenshank Common Sandpiper Green sandpiper little egret Mute and Black Swan Greylag Canada Grey Heron Mippit Yellow and pied wag moorhen coot teal single curlew

Chris Forster Brown

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 1st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Wood Sandpiper

Two wood sandpiper at near edge of Monks Lagoon. Keeping close to the front edge, sometimes hidden by vegetation but generally great views. Calling frequently. Also 4 green sandpiper here (intermittently chased by lapwing), 1 kingfisher and hundreds of black-tailed godwit on Prior’s. Several painted lady. Between Raglan and Dingestow, an adult and juvenile yellow wagtail on wires.

Simon James Bedford

Llandegfedd North Shore

Thu 1st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Below

Record should read Green Woodpecker not Green Plover !! What ever that is

Simon James Bedford

Llandegfedd North Shore

Thu 1st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Various

285 BHgull 82 LBBG 6 GBBG 1 Little Gull 12 Little Egret 2 Common Sandpiper 1 Oystercatcher 3 LRPlover 3 Buzzard 2 Red Kite 123 Cormorant 1 Green Plover !! willow Warbler Reed Warbler Green woodpecker 80 Canada Geese 31 GCGrebe 5 Little grebe 1 random shelduck !! 1 Lapwing lookimg decidedly ill.

Graham Thomas Thorne

lower machen

Thu 1st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Red Kite

10.30am Red Kite flying low over nearby woods .superb sight

Simon James Bedford

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 1st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Erratum

Thats 317 blackwit not knot

Simon James Bedford

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 1st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Waders

Knot 317 blackwit redshank 6 greenshank 4 common sand .8 little egret 2 grey heron 94 canada geese 61 lapwing 1 juv Water rail !!! 31 coot 6 greylag et al

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 31st Jul 2019

Main sighting: Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper 1 Green Sandpiper 4 Common Sandpiper 1 Avocet 2 Knot 4 Greenshank 1 Little Ringed Plover 2 Snipe 1 Black-tailed Godwit 250 Spoonbill 1 Wigeon 3 Teal 4 Gadwall 2. Also: Black-tailed Skimmer Gatekeeper Holly Blue Small Tortoiseshell Meadow Brown

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