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Sightings

Blair Jones

Monday, 31 December 2018

Saltmarsh Grassland and Goldcliff Pill

Main Sighting: Black Tailed Godwits
Watched the Pill and Estuary as tide began to come in. 300+ Shoveler, 300 + Wigeon, 200+ Shelduck, 400+ Canada Geese, Lapwings 160+, Redshank 60+, Mallards 50+, Curlews 10+ and Black Tailed Godwits 60.
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Blair Jones

Monday, 31 December 2018

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Large Numbers of Ducks
Low Tide. Most notable species in the Lagoons - particularly Priors was large numbers of ducks . Shoveler 80+, Shelduck 30+, Teal 10. Mute Swans 4. Curlews on Monks - 50 Feeding. Flock of Lapwings 165. Wigeon x 65. Out on the mud large numbers of ducks and waders. Noted today that there were some Redwing , flock of 30 and a Fieldfare. Only one Buzzard seen and Peregrine flying around the reserve and saltmarsh
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Andrew Pritchard

Saturday, 29 December 2018

M48, Chepstow junction

Main Sighting: Barn owl
Barl owl crossing M48 just west of Chepstow junction at 17.15
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clive silver

Saturday, 29 December 2018

goldcliff

Main Sighting: Pintail
Great sighting,watched for about 45min,from hide 3H
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N J Davies

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Amendment
I have had feedback on the tufted/scaup from yesterday on the little pool leading to hide 3. As thought, it appears to be a fem tufted. I wonder if this is the same bird that was knocking about earlier in the year causing some confusion for several people then? Lovely to hear song and mistle thrushes, blackbirds and robins singing their heads off around the neighbourhood, pleasure to be woken up in the early morning listening to the dawn chorus. Come on spring!
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N J Davies

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Tufted x scaup
Sunrise visit but birding hard going due to the high winds. No sign of the black redstart up until 10am. From first light onwards there looked to be a female tufted on the little pool by the fence leading down to hide 3 (definite small tuft indicating tufted but more light at top of the bill hinting at scaup, body pattern though seemed similar to ad fem scaup) - picture taken and sent to DW and DS for advice. Other species of note, male peregrine this time on corner of the third island, which took off to harass the teal just as the adult female marsh harrier came in to harass the wigeon. Dead oystercatcher on the island was being pecked at by crows. 64 shoveler was a nice count. Also seen - 1 common gull, 4 gt b b gulls passing together, 1 snipe, 1 greenshank (which did not linger), 2 buzzards, 2 herons, 320 lapwing on the foreshore saltings and a stonechat.
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Andrew BAKER

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Juvenile Scaup
Juvenile Scaup- on its own in pool adjacent path about 50-100 metres East of seawall hide
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Blair Jones, Dan Webb and Andrew Strong

Friday, 28 December 2018

Saltmarsh Grassland and Goldcliff Pill

Main Sighting: Lapwings
Huge numbers of Lapwings - easily 650+ perhaps topping a 1000 birds. Spent the day out on the pill and then the mud as the tide went out. Wigeon in big numbers 300+, 2 x Great Black Backed Gulls, 1 x Bosprey and 1 x Dark Buzzard. Hundreds of Canadian Geese, 1 x Pintail Duck, 50+ Curlews, 20 + Oystercatchers, 20+ Mallards, 100+ Dunlin in a big flock. 30+ Redshank. 1 x Grey Heron, 1 x Marsh Harrier - suspect Juvenile, 14 x Avocets, 2 x Mute Swans, 2 x Reed Buntings
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Blair Jones, Dan Webb and Andrew Strong

Friday, 28 December 2018

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Black Tailed Godwits
Visited throughout the day - on the reserves Lagoons - 22 x Curlew and 4 x Black Tailed Godwits,5 x Carrion Crow, 2 x Chaffinch, 2 x Magpies, 650+ Lapwings, 2 x Tufted Ducks, 2 x Greater Black Backed Gulls, 10 x Oystercatchers, 30 + Shelduck, 2 x Buzzards ( 1 x Bosprey 1 x Darker bird), 1 x Peregrine, 2 x Meadow Pipits, 30+ Teal, 10 + Mallards, 1 x Grey Heron, 50+ Canadian Geese with 5 + Greylags.( Others saw Barnacle Geese), Dan and Andy saw Short Eared Owl high in sky coming off Saltmwarsh heading out on Estuary).
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Roger Price

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Peterstone Gout

Main Sighting: Whimbrel
On the morning tide with a west wind becoming very gusty: Whimbrel, Redshank 240, Knot 70, Dunlin 60, Oystercatcher 45, Curlew 30, Grey Plover 1, Blacktailed Godwit 1, Pintail 130, Shoveler 112, Shelduck 104, Teal 65, Mallard 60, Wigeon c.50.
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