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Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 20th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Chiffchaffs

AM visit: 11 chiffchaffs noted (9 near the entrance) and a cettis calling also and the three stonechats still present along the fence line. Hide one – 1 buzzard, 120 starlings, single redwing through, group of 24 crows together and already harassing the waders, lapwing, 24 redshanks, 2 pairs of skylarks, 2 pairs ringed plovers, 1 mute swan. Redshank platform – 2 goldcrests in the willow, blackcap singing from the hedgeline, snipe calling, 2 black-tailed goswits amongst a good number of 43 avocets and 2 mute swans. Snipe platform – 92 teal, 104 shoveler (good numbers today), 96 wigeon, glossy showing intermittently, 3 pairs of tufted ducks, 4 pairs of gadwall and a pair of little grebes. Seawall – good numbers of curlew and shelduck on the mudflats with 2 gt black-backed gulls and 8 dunlin only. Hide three – the ringed Canada Goose (FANC) from Windermere was present again. Back at hide one 2 pairs of reed buntings were flying about.

Neville Davies

Red Farm Barn lagoon

Fri 20th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Sand Martins

9 sand martins feeding over the lagoon early this morning.

John Lawton

Goldcliff Lagoons

Fri 20th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Skylark

A pair of Skylarks on the fence as it turns towards the sea wall hide, others heard although not seen. Avocet and Redshank numbers continuing to build. Ringed Plovers taking possession of their nesting spaces on the island in Monks. Glossy Ibis seen on Prior’s. The usual high numbers of Shoveler, Wigeon, Shelduck, Canada Geese, Greylag also a pair of Gadwall. A Snipe was spooked from by the electric fence on the way down to hide three. It waited until I was practically on top of it before flying towards the reed bed on Prior’s and I was told for it to be waiting like this is more characteristic of a Jack Snipe.

Allan Dowson

goldcliff lagoons

Fri 20th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Little Ringed Plover

1-LRP,1-Ringed Plover both on 1st island,43-Avocets and 2-Spotted Redshanks all on monks lagoon.10h30-13h00.

John Evans

Lliswerry pond

Thu 19th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Sand Martin

At least three buzzing the pond at 1300

Toby Fountain

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 19th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Hen Harrier

High tide at 14:30. Ringtail Hen Harrier buzzed the ducks on Priors’s Lagoon before landing on the bank of Monk’s Lagoon in full view for a minute or so, then flew off over the sea wall heading west. Good variety of waders: 23 Redshank, 14 Ringed Plover, 12 Lapwing, 7 Avocet, 6 Curlew, 5 Dunlin, 3 Snipe and 2 Oystercatcher on Monk’s. Glossy Ibis still present as well as a Kestrel and Fieldfares in hedgerow behind hides. Was unable to take a look at the ducks on Prior’s due to extremely bad weather!

Jim Wilkinson

Goldcliff sea wall hide

Tue 17th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Great skua

Clear view at 12.05 as it spooked lots of ducks and the glossy ibis from the lake in front/right of hide. Wing markings very visible both top and under wing

Paul Coombes

Griffithstown - Garn lakes, Cycle track

Mon 16th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Willow warbler

2 Hr bike ride from along the cycle track – home to Garn lakes and back. 23 species observed/heard.
Willow warbler, female blackcap, female siskin stood out for me!
Others included: Buzzard, green woodpecker, Nuthatch, great tit, blue tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Blackbird, song thrush, Robin, carrion crow, Jackdaw, Wood pigeon, black headed gull, Canada goose, Coot, Mallard, Goldcrest, Bullfinch, house sparrow,

mark davies

The Blorenge

Mon 16th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Red Grouse

Two Red grouse on the Blorenge this morning plus lots of singing Skylarks & Meadow Pipits and a couple of pairs of Stonechat

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Mon 16th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Blackcap

High-tide visit with 57 species seen including a blackcap in song near to the entrance (suspect this is an overwintering male as opposed to an early migrant)?, flock of 10 linnets (hide 1) – 2 pairs skylarks (and displaying), 26 redshanks (pair copulating), 11 lapwing (2 pairs showing interest in nesting, 4 ringed plovers, 42 wigeon, 36 teal, 49 shoveler, 4 gadwall, 9 dunlin, 1 gt black-backed gull over, 11 black-tailed godwits (2 in breeding plumage, 4 in partial breeding plumage), 13 avocet, cettis calling, 1 lt egret and a single redwing over. Snipe platform – glossy flying around several times and dropping out of sight into the thick reeds, pair of little grebes, 1 female goldeneye, 3 pairs of tufted ducks, female kestrel hovering and a flock of siskins overhead high calling. Sea wall – 56 curlew on the saltings with 22 more redshanks and 2 knot. Hide 3 – 2 black-headed gulls, 2 cormorants and my first small tortoiseshell butterfly of the year. On route back to hide 1 was a flock of 25 fieldfares in the tall trees leading to the railway carriage, and 3 female stonechats on the fence by hide 1. Buaazrd circling and a male reed bunting flew past.

Verity Picken


Mon 16th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Brambling

Brambling, singing Chiffchaff and a single Siskin. Apart from loads of Chaffinches and Coal Tits along the main track, the forest was surprisingly quiet on this glorious morning.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 14th Mar 2020

Main sighting: Waders

Dawn Visit . Monks Lagoon – Small number of Curlew Roosting. 3 x Dunlin on edge of Monks Island. Small flock of Knot and Dunlins flew over the reserve. Redshanks now spreading all over the reserve. Large number of Shelducks on Monks and Becs. Priors Lagoons. Good number of ducks – highlights 5 x Goldeneyes and quite a few Tufted Ducks. Flossy the Glossy Ibis showed weel near the Snipe Platform. 32 Avocets congregated at Priors with Redshank and Oystercatchers. Becs Lagoons – Skylarks singing away around the seawall hide. 3 x Ringed Plover on Becs Island and Lapwings/Redshanks. Late on in monring the Avocets moved to Monks and a flock of 13 Black Tailed Godwits flew in and landed.
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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