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Sightings

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 8th May 2021

Main sighting: Wheatear

Afternoon visit, very wet, slight winds. Pheasant 1, chiffchaff 1 singing, cettis 1 calling and raven. Hide one – avocet, redshanks, 1 bar-tailed godwit and 1 black-tailed godwit, 2 oystercatchers and 1 heron. Hide two – swallows, pair of reed buntings, pair of linnets and 2 cormorants. Seawall – single wheatear only. Hide three – very little wader activity with only 9 dunlin and 11 ringed plovers together with a single little ringed plover mixed in (another one on the island). 5 gadwall, 7 more oystercatchers and 51 black-tailed godwits, 1 little egret, 3 skylarks, 8 mute swans, female pintail (no sign of a male), 1 swift and 50+ swallows aerial feeding over the third lagoon.

dr j a holmes

coed morgan vicinity

Sat 8th May 2021

Main sighting: yellow wagtail

solitary male yellow wagtail lingering

Cindy Howells

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 7th May 2021

Main sighting: Little Tern

Single Little Tern on Becs Lagoon, seen from the Sea Wall hide. Flew several times, returning to the same spot. Seen between 5.30 and 6.30pm.

Allan Dowson

monmouth

Fri 7th May 2021

Main sighting: Goosander

Goosander with 7-juveniles on the Monnow,also 1-Red Kite over,1m-Kingfisher also on the monnow river.13h630-16h00.

Jackie Pointon

Bedwas

Fri 7th May 2021

Main sighting: Hobby

Hobby over the garden this morning.

Keith Bradley

West of Brynygwenin and Llanwenarth.

Thu 6th May 2021

Main sighting: Curlews.

Curlews seen and heard

Mark Davies

St Marys Vale

Thu 6th May 2021

Main sighting: Whinchat

1st Whinchat at top of the vale . Also Redstarts , Pied Flycatchers , Tree Pipits , Willow Warblers , Treecreepers , Nuthatches and a single Yellowhammer

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 6th May 2021

Main sighting: Spotted Flycatcher

Following the mornings Bearded Tit survey at Uskmouth where we saw Cuckoo, Reed Sedge and Cetti’s Warblers and seven singing Whitethroat.
At the lagoons: Spotted Flycatcher 1 Snow Goose 1 (very smart adult) Swift House and Sand Martin Whitethroat Lesser Whitethroat.

Mark Davies

Abergavenny

Thu 6th May 2021

Main sighting: Swifts

First Swifts and House Martins have arrived with a mixed flock of 60+ over the house this morning

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Mon 3rd May 2021

Main sighting: Ruff Knots and Dunlins

Attended couple of hours either side of high tide.
Very windy and some heavy rain showers.
Notably a lot more Dunlins on the reserve that moved about in two flocks over Monks and Becs. The water levels are now very low on these lagoons.
Dunlins 300+ , 4 Knot, 2 x Ruff ( one of which is turning a spectacular white colour almost breeding plumage). Small flock of 30c Black Tailed Godwits. 4 x Oystercatchers, Ringed Plovers and Little Ringed Plovers present. Avocets on Monks and Becs and Lapwings. Plenty of Redshank.
The Carrion Crows are really targeting the breeders. I watched a single Carrion Crow work the mobbing waders on Monks for over 20 minutes despite being physically pecked by Lapwings in dive bomb attacks it came away with an egg ( Photo on Twitter).
Several Lesser Black backed Gulls also loitering and a Grey Heron. A flock of Whimbrel was seen by one of my birding friends. Wheatear continue to hang about the seawall.

tony & jan jenkins

Goldcliff

Mon 3rd May 2021

Main sighting: Marsh Harrier

Male marsh harrier seen flying from wetlands to lagoons at 1240hrs, also a few whimbrel at Goldcliff estuary, single cettis calling and sedge warbler heard.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 1st May 2021

Main sighting: Yellow Wagtail

Chiffchaff 3, Goldcrest 1 (singing again by the stone bridge), lesser whitethroat 1, common whitethroat 3, cettis warbler 1, reed warbler 1. Hide 1 – Canada Geese with 6 young, pair of Ringed Plovers with 2 chicks. Two Little Egrets seen, one with brown patch on the back looking a bit odd but turned out to be a Little and nothing else. Snipe Platform – Common Redshanks, 3 Ravens, pair of mating reed buntings, black headed gull, grey heron. Hide 2 – pair of greenshank and a single bar-tailed godwit and a male peregrine flew past with what looked like a gosling? Mallards one pair with 14 young and second pair with 6 young. Seawall – very active with 3 wheatears, single yellow wagtail, single white wagtail, common swifts aerial feeding and numbering 17 last going off, 2 house martins, 9 swallows. 1 grey plover on the mudflats before high tide with 3 whimbrel also seen and another bar-tailed godwit, female sparrowhawk overhead. Stoat showing well several times and at one point actually being chased by a rabbit. Hide 3 – one almost white ruff and 2 more feeding alongside, 9 oystercatchers, common buzzard on the post, linnets, shoveler 5, teal 5, wigeon 4, tufteds 6, lapwing, avocet, dunlin 51, black-tailed godwits 144. Other: 1 speckled wood and orange tip butterflies.

Next event

May
22
Sat
2021
8:30 am Lower Monnow Valley @ on road by Osbaston School
Lower Monnow Valley @ on road by Osbaston School
May 22 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Meet John Coleman at 8:30 am on the road outside Osbaston School (SO507137, NP25 3PU) for an easy walk along farm tracks and road. Will we see Yellowhammer this year, once common they have been missing for a couple of years?Share this:TwitterFacebook