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Iain Crawford

Tregate to Skenfrith

Fri 11th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Kestrel

Female kestrel, 40+ ravens, 5 buzzards, goldcrest,, wren, 4 jays, 3 green woodpeckers

Keith Roylance


Wed 9th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Black-tailed Godwits

Significant numbers of waders. Sightings were: Mute Swan, Canada Geese, 2 Teal, Mallard, 120 Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Moorhen, 34 Ringed Plover, 99 Lapwing, 40 Knot, 1 Little Stint, 50 Dunlin, 11 Snipe, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 50 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, Black-headed Gulls, Woodpigeon, 1 House Martin, Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 1 Greenfinch.

David R oberts

Two Locks

Wed 9th Sep 2020

Main sighting: KIngfisher

KIngfisher perching on branches then flying along the canal at Two Locks around 6.00 this evening.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 6th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Waders and Passage

Visited just after dawn.
Lots of movement going on in the skies above the lagoons.
Passage birds- Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins particualrly over Becs and sea wall. Flocks of Siskins flying throgh Westwards.
Priors Lagoon – The Black Tailed Godwits 25o+ joined by nice flock of Knots 170c., Dunlin and Redshank. Greenshank also showed.
Monks Lagoon – Dunlin and Ringed Plover flock on the mud viewable from Hide 1. There were Curlew Sandpipers x 2 ( pics on my blog) and I saw 1 Little Stint but reliably told their was a second. Kestrel was todays protagonist causing some panicked wader flocks.

Lapwings showing well on Priors Lagoon mainly 30+ birds.

Numbers of ducks seem to be increasing. Shovelers and Teal. Paul Joy saw 4 Wigeon on Becs.

Wheatear and Yellow Wagtails reported on the Sea Wall and Meadow Pipits were seen flying through the reserve.

Adrian & Charlotte Edwards

Peterstone Gout

Sun 6th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Curlew Sandpiper, Golden Plover, Weasel

Curlew sandpiper with numerous redshank; common sandpiper; 2 golden plover with c100 each of Ringed Plover and Dunlin; similar numbers of oystercatchers and curlew; plenty of swallows still; female pintails have arrived to join shelduck and mallards++. Little egrets, grey heron, black headed gulls, linnets, stonechat, goldfinches; and then great view of weasel scuttling back and fore across path 10m in front. red admiral also.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 5th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Knot

Green woodpecker, chiffchaff 2 (contact calls) and stock dove 1. Hide 1: single pintail flying past, 48 ringed plovers with 58 dunlin, 1 little stint and 1 sanderling mixed in. Redshank platform – 2 greenshank flying towards the power station, single avocet, 1 grey heron, 3 little egrets, grey wagtail overhead, 15 lapwing and 2 knot. Marsh platform – glossy ibis flying up quite high and heading towards Uskmouth, 3rd greenshank dropped in, 106 knot mixed in with 256 black-tailed godwits (ringed bird still present),6 dunlin, 5 house martins and a kingfisher flying along the hedge in the field. Hide 3 – 13 siskins in a group overhead, 6 curlew, 3 skylarks, 2 yellow wagtails and a pair of stonechats on the fence. Seawall – masses of shelduck with curlew and oystercathers and 4 sand martins over. 3 common buzzards (including the light-morph bird) over hide 1. Other: Migrant and Southern Hawkers around the bramble bushes by hide 1.

Ruth Brown


Fri 4th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Swallows

A steady stream of Swallows over the garden: a regular occurence every Autumn, when hirundines stop to feed round the huge Sycamore beyond my garden.

Mark Davies


Fri 4th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Swift

2 Swifts still over the garden this morning with 12-15 House Martins

Allan Dowson


Fri 4th Sep 2020

Main sighting: Goldfinch

A large flock of Goldfinches,mostly juveniles,probably over 100 birds.Also a Peregrine flew over spooking all the shorebirds.10h30

Chris Forster Brown

Chippy fields Monmouth

Wed 2nd Sep 2020

Main sighting: Hobby

Hobby frantically chasing hirundines over Chippy Fields, Monmouth at lunchtime today. Much swooping and diving, not sure if successful.

Nicholas Beswick

Mynydd Llangatwg

Wed 2nd Sep 2020

Main sighting: Hen Harrier

Male Hen Harrier hunting near the old Brynmawr reservoir, flew off to the north. Whinchats and Wheatears present recently seem to have gone.

Verity Picken

River south of Usk

Wed 2nd Sep 2020

Main sighting: Swift

A single Swift and 3 Red Kites. Surprised an otter on the bank just 2m away.

Next event

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