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Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Mon 6th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Lockdown freedom birding

0430 hrs start – 0950. Chiffchaff 2 (1 alarm calling by entrance), common whitethroat 1 singing. Hide 3 – 18 redshanks, brief views of spotted redshank, 2 whimbrel, buzzard, 13 lapwing, 3 cormorants through, female tufted duck, 2 linnets, 2 grey herons, glossy ibis showed briefly from lagoon 3 across to priors (0510), starlings, 8 swifts and a barnacle goose that dropped in briefly before flying over the Pill and the sea wall. Seawall – 2 gt black-backed gulls, 11 avocets, 28 curlew and pied wagtails along the wall. Marsh platform – 9 swallows, siskin overhead calling, gt spotted woodpecker calling, pheasant heard, 114 black-tailed godwits (many in breeding plumage), 9 knot mixed in, 6 lt egrets, avocet (5-6 week juvenile), 11 dunlin and marsh harriers. Snipe platform – 7 teal in eclipse plumage, greylags, meadow pipits, 25 oystercatchers roosting with 9 turnstone close by and 253 roosting black headed gulls (including 4 juvs). Redshank platform – 6 ringed plovers, 2 little ringed plovers (no sign of the 3 reported chicks), 13 dunlin and ravens. Hide 1 – common sandpiper and 7 house martins aerial feeding. Other – meadow browns, several gatekeepers, 1 small heath and 1 rabbit.

Dave Littleton

Goldcliff 5.45-7.15pm

Sat 4th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Ruff

Plenty of waders taking shelter on the first lagoon mainly this evening, including a Ruff, 15 Knot including one in summer plumage, 70+ Black Tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin, 4 Turnstone, 4 Curlew as well as the usual numbers of Redshank, Rnged Plover and Lapwig. Also 300+ Black Headed Gulls, and a Buzzard hovering in the wind only a few feet off the ground- it was pretty breezy. A Heron, perched on a rail, was showing a keen interest in some still quite small Mallard ducklings, whose mother unwisely took them past it, however the Heron was ‘mobbed’ and distracted by a white butterfly flying round its head and the Mallard family managed to get away.

David Hathaway

Crumblands wood

Sat 4th Jul 2020

Main sighting: Jackdaws

Sorry clicked too soon ,
I was walking in wood little time ago and the jackdaw/crow calls were very loud.
They were in the tree tops. The crows seemed to chase the jackdaws out. They formed massive flocks and I estimated there was well over a 1000. The crows chased them and eventually flew off towards Monmouth.

Robert Price

Pen y fan pond

Thu 2nd Jul 2020

Main sighting: Hobby

Hobby hunting over Pen y fan pond, observation time 20 minutes, swooping after sand and house martins

John Lawton

Goldcliff Monk's Lagoon

Thu 2nd Jul 2020

Main sighting: Spotted Redshank summer plumage

In the channel between the island and hide one, a Spotted Redshank in beautiful summer plumage and a Common Redshank. Also on the bank of the island a Little Egret, two Coots, a Common Sandpiper and 2 pairs of Little Ringed Plovers. At the back of the lagoon opposite hide two c.20 Black-Tailed Godwit and c.40 Black-Headed Gulls.. Channel behind island a c.8 Dunlin, c.6 Ringed and c.4 Little Ringed Plovers. Female Marsh Harrier over.

Mark Whitaker


Thu 2nd Jul 2020

Main sighting: Quail

My wife heard the bird calling twice at around 10.40 pm from same location, so apparently holding territory – a neighbour also heard it recently but didn’t know what it was.

Chris Stone


Thu 2nd Jul 2020

Main sighting: Med gull Ad

As well as the sum plum Med gull there was an what I believe to be a Porpoise swimming out with the tide (am), the tide is coming back in this afternoon so might be worth looking out for.

Iain Crawford

Penallt and Wye valley walk

Wed 1st Jul 2020

Main sighting: Grey wagtail

Correction, grey wagtail not a yellow one.

Iain Crawford

Penallt and Wye valley walk

Wed 1st Jul 2020

Main sighting: Ravens

4 ravens, 2 buzzards, 12 House martins, 8 swallows, 5 swifts, heron, stock dove, green woodpecker, cormorant, yellow wagtail.

Allan Dowson

goldcliff lagoons

Wed 1st Jul 2020

Main sighting: Spotted Redshank

1-Spotted Redshank (photographed) from 1st. platform,in full bp.Also 10-Avocets four of which were juveniles,1-Common Sandpiper,and several Small Copper butterflies.11h00-13h15.

Neville Davies

Cefn Hengoed

Tue 30th Jun 2020

Main sighting: Juveniles

May and June has seen a lot of activity in the garden including – great spotted woodpecker 1 juv, robin 2 juvs, dunnock 1 juv, woodpigeon 1 juv, nuthatch 2 juvs, treecreeper 1 juv, goldfinch 6 juvs (2 pairs adults bred), greenfinch 8 juvs (2 pairs), house sparrow 9 juvs (3 pairs), blackbird 2 fem juvs, coal tit 3 juvs, blue tits 9 juvs (possibly 2 pairs), great tits 4 juvs, starlings a flock of 21 adults and juvs around the fat balls. In the adjacent field regular sightings of a family group of mistle thrushes and crows with 5 ravens over yesterday (possibly a family group).

Ray Duggan


Mon 29th Jun 2020

Main sighting: Greenfinch

single greenfinch in garden

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