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Home Sightings

Sightings

Kevin and Liz Hewitt

Sunday, 17 March 2002

GLWR Uskmouth

Main Sighting:
Visited Uskmouth and Goldcliffe Rserves PM 16th March 2002 and saw the following:- Uskmouth (15:00 to 16:45 hrs) At least 2 Short-eared Owls performing over the reedbeds; 1 Bittern flying low over the reedbeds; Several Water Rails heard calling (at least 6 individuals); Several singing Cetti'ss Warbleres (at least 4 individuals); 1 1st winter drake Goldeneye flew over in an easterly direction; 1 female Scaup was present in amongst the Tufted Duck flock; At least 2 singing Chiffchaffs. Goldcliffe (16:45 to 17:20 hrs) Drake Ring-necked Duck present on a lagoon on the far side relative to the three viewing places; Approx. 20 Pintail; Approx. 6 Gadwall; Approx. 20 Shoveler; Approx. 100+ Teal; Approx. 30 Wigeon; Counted 8 Little Egrets; A Harrier sp. - probably Ring-tail Hen Harrier - being harrassed by a pair of Carrion Crows over fields to the east of the reserve.
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Hadyn Jones

Saturday, 16 March 2002

GLWR Uskmouth

Main Sighting:
Uskmouth Reserve-Friday p.m. 15th March. Greeted by Short-eared Owl fly by. Watched Peregrine fly over east of reserve and into same field of view came Hen Harrier(ring-tail). Walking back down track to car park, turned round to look over reeds again and saw a Harrier hunting up and down the thick reed bed.On closer inspection it was a male Marsh Harrier. Other birds seen- Little Egret and 2 Cetti'ss Warblers. (Last saw male Ring-necked Duck p.m.,7th March)
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George Noakes and Jo

Sunday, 10 March 2002

Abergavenny

Main Sighting:
Saturday, March 9th During the Gos walk led by Tim Griffiths, we sighted a diver sp. in the middle of the resevoir, as we scanned from the fisherman'ss hut. It re- appeared close to the fish tanks and gave better views. The consensus was that it was a Black-throated Diver. Other sightings included 1 Tree Sparrow, a small flock of Redpolls and atleast 6 Snipe. Sunday, March 10th Our first Chiffchaff of the year, heard by myself, John Davies and Rob Moeller at the Castle Meadows, Abergavenny this morning.
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George Noakes

Saturday, 02 March 2002

Gobion

Main Sighting:
Gobion 2nd March 2002 A morning visit to Gobion with Steve Butler starting from the Bryn produced the following sightings: 1 Little Egret, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Greater Black-backed Gulls, 5 Goosanders (2 male, 3 female)and 3 Little Grebes as well as good numbers of the more common species found at this site.Gobion 2nd March 2002 A morning visit to Gobion with Steve Butler starting from the Bryn produced the following sightings: 1 Little Egret, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Greater Black-backed Gulls, 5 Goosanders (2 male, 3 female)and 3 Little Grebes as well as good numbers of the more common species found at this site.
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Clive Wardle

Saturday, 02 March 2002

GLWR Uskmouth

Main Sighting:
01/03/2002 Uskmouth a.m. VERY cold wind blowing 2 Short-eared owls 2 Little Egrets 2 Kestrels 3 Singing Cettis Warblers 02/03/2002 Uskmouth a.m. -p.m. 3 Short-eared owls 1 Little Egret 2 Kestrels 6 singing Cettis Warbler(one seen briefly) 6 Common Snipe Single female Goldeneye No sighting of Hen Harrier either day.
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George Noakes and Jo

Friday, 22 February 2002

GLWR Uskmouth

Main Sighting:
21/02/2002 2 Short-eared Owls at Uskmouth this morning + 3 Cetti'ss Warblers heard singing. No sign of the Hen Harrier. 1 Little Egret at Gobion at midday.
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Kevin and Liz Hewitt

Saturday, 16 February 2002

GLWR Uskmouth

Main Sighting:
Visited Llandegfydd Reservoir @ 10:00 am and saw the Black-throated Diver at the north end of the reservior, also approx. 12 Great Crested Grebes present. Visited Uskmouth @ 2:00 pm and saw at least 3 Short-eared Owls, 1 ring- tail Hen Harrier, a pair of Goosander on the estuary, a flock of approx. 20 Siskins flying north, an adult Whooper Swan of unknown origin, at least 2 singing Cetti'ss warblers, at least 3 Water Rails calling and a pair of Ravens displaying overhead.
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George Noakes

Friday, 15 February 2002

Abergavenny

Main Sighting:
Sightings in the Abergavenny area this week: 15/02/2002 1 Little Egret, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Snipe and 17 Mute Swans at Gobion (Rob Moeller) 1 Ruff and 4 Golden Plovers with Lapwing flock in flooded fields near Llanellen (John Davies)
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George Noakes

Saturday, 09 February 2002

Goytre Wood

Main Sighting:
Saturday, February 9th 36 nest boxes have been put up this morning at the GOS reserve at Goytre wood by Alan Williams, Tim Griffiths, Steve Butler, John Davies, Tony White and myself. A quick visit to Llandegffed reservoir afterwards produced spectacular views of a hunting juvenile Peregrine. The Black-throated Diver was showing quite well, despite the choppy conditions, in the vicinity of the fish farm.
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John Wilson

Wednesday, 06 February 2002

Peterstone Gout

Main Sighting:
Tues 6th Feb - Peterstone Gout - 12:30 - 13:30 high tide No waders or gulls at all!! 1 fem Merlin sitting on a tussock of spartina until it was surrounded by water. 250 Teal and a few Shoveler -&- Pintail and 2 Wigeon. Very quiet.
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