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Simon James Bedford


Fri 23rd Aug 2019

Main sighting: Raptors

8 Common Buzzards and 1 fem Peregrine circling high over garden at 09 30

Verity Picken

River south of Usk

Thu 22nd Aug 2019

Main sighting: Little Egret

Only my second Little Egret for this site. Also 15 Goosander and a loose mixed flock of Mistle Thrushes (c.15) and Starlings moving along through the trees beside the river.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 21st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Wheatears and Yellow Wagtails

Evening visit. Priors – 300+ Black Tailed Godwits, 30C Knots all took off a were seen feeding on the mud. 25+ Lapwings. 4 + Yellow Wagtails and 4+ Wheatears feeding on flies around the cow heard. Kestrel, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk seen from seawall hide. Big flock of Starlings and Swallows even gulls seemed to be feeding on insects in the air especially around the wall area.
Big thanks to NRW and friends of Goldcliff as expansion to Snipe platform is great.

John Lawton

Monk's Lagoon, Goldcliff

Wed 21st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Canada Geese

128 Canada Geese in front of the first hide at 8:00 am noisily honking as many took off in a large skein. 6 Curlew, 11 Shovelers in eclipse plumage and 8 Shelduck similar. One Greylag. One Great Black Backed Gull juvenile, small number of Black-Headed Gulls, 3 Little Egrets. 3 Kestrel over by the sea wall, ‘Bosprey’ on the end of the fence to the right of the hide, at high tide mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plovers.

Roger Price

Peterstone Gout

Wed 21st Aug 2019

Main sighting: Shelduck

On the morning tide: 262 Shelduck, 137 Mallard, 124 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 57 Oystercatcher, 6 Curlew, 71 Dunlin, 63 Ringed Plover, 4 Turnstone, 4 Lgrt, Heron, Cormorant.

Verity Picken


Wed 21st Aug 2019

Main sighting: House Martins

At least 50 House Martins swooping up to the eaves and sitting on the gutters of our house this morning, imprinting for next year. The number is surprising as most pairs which attempted nest-building were evicted by House Sparrows and only one pair was known to be successful.


Gleblands Park Newport

Tue 20th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Male and Female Bullfinches

Pair of Bullfinch seen eating flower heads at far end of the park

Mike Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Tue 20th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Snipe Platform extension

A big thank you to Brian Thomas, John Bennet and Alan Dowson who turned up at very short notice to work on the Snipe platform extension. Along with myself Tom and Kevin we managed to finish most of the work. It just remains to put the brash in place which is to be done Thursday. The platform can now be used-enjoy.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 17th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Curlew

Late evening visit at high tide and dusk.Distributed between Monks and Becs, 400c Curlew, 112 Oystercatchers, 300+ Black Headed Gulls. 40c Dunlin and 50+ Shelduck. Priors – 300c Black Tailed Godwits, 12 Knot, 5 Little Egrets, 4 Mute swans and Black Swan. Notably on Becs a single Ruff feeding on the mud. Small flock of Ringed Plovers. Tide was high tonight and seemed to push a lot in.

Daniel Webb

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 17th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Turnstone

3 turnstone, 150 dunlin, 100 ringed plover, 1 grey plover, c70 blackwit (over pill), juv peregrine, 2 yellow wags, 16 curlew the highlights of high tide

Brian Thomas


Fri 16th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Spoonbill

Am: Prior’s: Spoonbill, snipe

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Tue 13th Aug 2019

Main sighting: Glossy Ibis

Late evening visit. Glossy Ibis showing regularly on Becs Lagoon and then roosting on Priors Lagoon. Most of the birds on Becs. Big flock of Ringed Plovers/Dunlins. Large flock of Black Headed Gulls with a a few Lesser and Great Black Backed Gull. 4 x Little Egrets. Snipe seen on Becs. Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and “Bosprey” the Buzzard. No Godwits. Overall Q for high tide.

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