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Sightings

N J Davies /Blare Jones

Saturday, 03 November 2018

Golfcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Water pipits
Water pipit 2 kestrel 254 lapwing 8 shelduck 34 teal chiffchaff contact call 2 redshanks 2 herons 1 lt egret 1 mute swan 1 greenshank 2 dunlin 108 wigeon fem marsh harrier gt b b gulls buzzard and bairds still present from snipe screen.
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Bryn Burgess

Friday, 02 November 2018

Collister /West Pill

Main Sighting: Short Eared Owls
The two SEOs still present between Collister & West Pill hunting in fields behind sea wall. Were first seen quite high being harrassed by crows as reported previously by Hadyn. SEO were seen between 1540 - 1600hrs. One was seen to take a rodent and flush a Snipe. Also a cracking male Merlin in the same area.
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Ron Eccles

Friday, 02 November 2018

Goldcliff

Main Sighting: Baird Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper active today and seen in morning and afternoon. Best views today were from new platform as bird was on mud in front of platform and too close for telescopes
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Ed Stevens

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Rogiet sea wall

Main Sighting: Owl
Late afternoon 2 short-eared owl hunting over rogiet sea wall and adjoining fields. A bit further along towards magor a Merlin.
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Roger Price

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Peterstone Gout

Main Sighting: Pintail
On the morning tide at 3degC :Grey Plover 1, Redshank 150+,Dunlin c300, Oystercatcher 39, Ringed Plover 18, Curlew 12, Pintail 185, Shoveler 4, Wigeon 62, Teal 10, Mallard 20, Shelduck 60, Mute Swans 2, Heron 1, Cormorant 3. None of the following regulars of 2017 were seen. Blackbirds, Mistle Thrushes, Kestrels, Cettis. On last Friday morning at 9am, 5 Swans were seen in the air by Nigel Garside and myself, reconnoitering Hendre Lake, but didn`t stop, even though there were Mute Swans on the lake. They departed to the NE. These birds were thought to be Whooper Swans.
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Ronald Eccles

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

History

Main Sighting: Spencer Fullerton Baird
Baird’s Sandpiper a North American bird has recently been sighted at Goldcliff. The bid is named after Spencer Fullerton Baird 1823-1887 one of the great American ornithologists. He did not actually name the bird as his apprentice another ornithologist Elliott Coues discovered the new species when only 18 years old. The new species was discovered whilst Coues was working through a collection of bird skins from the Geeat Slave Lake and he named the new species Baird’s Sandpiper in honour of his mentor. Biographies For Birdwatchers 1988
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Gavin Vella

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Forest Farm

Main Sighting: Brambling
My first Brambling of the year showed well drinking by the side of the bridge that leads to the hides. 5 Snipe feeding close at Hide 2, other notables were Green Woodpecker and Little Egret amongst all the usuals.
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Nicholas Beswick

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Waunavon Bog

Main Sighting: Stonechat
Late afternoon visit - very quiet. Kestrel hunting and female Stonechat near the entrance gate. A regular dog-walker flushed five Red Grouse high on the moor and reported seeing a Short-eared Owl a couple of weeks ago.
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Paul Lane

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Caldicot Levels

Main Sighting: Hen Harrier
2 Male Hen Harriers and a Peregrine over the levels this morning between Magor Pill and the rifle range.
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N J Davies

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Mamhilad Pontypool

Main Sighting: Red kite
Single kite over the car park.
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