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Sightings

Bob Wright

Saturday, 08 September 2018

Goldcliff lagoons

Main Sighting: Curlew
Evening visit from approx 6.45 to 7.45pm. Monks pool - one curlew Becs pool - ten curlew visible. Also fifty + lapwing. Shoveler ducks, little ringed plovers and a grey plover. On return to vehicle a kestrel was visible hunting over fields on the North side of monks pool. Other small birds were visible on Becs, but not identifiable due to distance and poor light.
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Blair Jones

Saturday, 08 September 2018

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Curlews Roosting
Attended at dawn/high tide. Lagoon 1 (Monks) Approximately 200 Curlew opposite Hide 1 and 50 opposite the Redshank Platform roosting. 2 x Ruff, 50+ Teal, 20 Shoveler. Cettis calling in hedgerow. Lagoon 2 (Priors) - 20 Mallard. Lagoon 3 (Becs) Approximately 200+ Curlew (separate flock to Lagoon 1) took off on approach to seawall hide. 10 Shelduck, Common Ringed Plover x 20, Dunlin x 10.Little Egrets x 2, Greater Black Backed Gull x 2, Herring Gulls x 5, Yellow Legged Gull x 1 ( Thomas Chinnick id'd it) Lesser Black Backed Gull x 1. Black Headed Gull x 2 , Ravens x 2. Yellow Wagatils x 5, Sanderling x 1, Pied Wagtails x 10, Meadow Pippits x 4. At the end of the morning Hobby swooped by entrance and I watched it hunting Pied Wagatails along the hedgerows. Kestrel seen hovering near Hide 1.
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Simon James Bedford

Thursday, 06 September 2018

Croesyceiliog Shops

Main Sighting: Peregrine
Male Peregrine adult chasing feral doves at roof height up North Road ....Yeah ..I know right !!!!awesome to see when you expect a Sparrowhawk
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Kevin Dupé

Friday, 07 September 2018

Vandalised hide at Goldcliff

Main Sighting: Hide is now OK to use
I've removed the vandalised bench from the 1st hide at Goldcliff and checked over the rest of the hide. It is now OK to use. Thanks Blair for your efforts.
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Blair Jones

Thursday, 06 September 2018

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Hobby
Evening visit. Hobby remains ( other birders informed me there may be 2) and indeed the bird I saw tonight looks different than the bird I saw on the weekend- less red on it. Th e flock of Dunlins and Common Ringed Plovers was at Lagoon 1 and 2. Small numbers compared to 20+ Dunlin and 20 + CRP. 3 x Little Egret 40 x Teal, 10 x Mallards, 10 x Shovlers. 10 x Wigeon. 1 x Kestrel, 1 x Sparrow Hawk. 30 x Lapwings, 10 x Curlew, 1 x Grey Heron, 3 x Shelduck on Lagoon 3, 1 x Common Snipe flew over. 50+ Canadian Geese. 4 x Black Headed Gulls. Later Swallows and Martins in small numbers. Whinchat on fence behind platform 3. 2 x Ravens.
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Blair Jones

Thursday, 06 September 2018

Goldlciff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Warning Vandalism in Hide 1
I regret to warn everyone that today I arrived at the lagoons and was warned by a fellow birder that some unknown disgusting person had defecated in Hide 1 on the bird log book and strewn kitchen towel covered in faeces all over the interior of the hide. The vandal had also smeared faeces over at least one of the benches. I subsequently entered the hide and have taken pictures of the mess and then too the effort to clean up and remove the mess. Unfortunately I did not have any cleaning products other than plastic bags. I have moved the bench that is covered in faeces to the end of the hide out of the way and opened the hide shutters to get fresh air inside. Please can those who know manager contact him and update. I would also advise vigilance whilst at the lagoons and look out for anyone acting suspicious and report accordingly.
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Ed Stevens

Wednesday, 05 September 2018

Caldicot pill

Main Sighting: Greenshank
3 hour watch over high tide at caldicot pill. Highlights 1 greenshank, 4 knot, c10 turnstone, 2+ bar-tailed godwit, 5+ black-tailed godwit, 20+ wigeon and big flocks of dunlin and ringed plover
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Keith Roylance

Thursday, 06 September 2018

Twmbarlwm

Main Sighting: Chough
Two Chough still near to peak of Twmbarlwm at 2:15 pm this afternoon. North of the summit on grassland near to gate.
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Roger Ruston

Thursday, 06 September 2018

Monmouth

Main Sighting: Greenshank
Greenshank on shallows below the Wye bridge and a Hobby hawking martins over the river.
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Chris Jones

Wednesday, 05 September 2018

Twmbarlwm

Main Sighting: Chough
The 2 Chough were still present on the burnt area on the North side of the mound until approximate 5pm when they were disturbed. They flew North along the ridge a short distance, before being disturbed again flying further along the ridge appearing to drop down out of view just before a conifer plantation. A photo is posted in the Gwent birders Facebook page.
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