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Sightings

Chris Newton

Blorenge

Fri 9th Jul 2021

Main sighting: Hobby

Hobby seen and photographed hunting across the heather just east of the Foxhunter car park (presumed male as the female should be sitting at this time of year). No other raptors seen. Also a probable Ring Ouzel, five Ravens, a female Reed Bunting and many Meadow Pipits and male Stonechats, particularly near Keeper’s Pond, plus a Wren feeding young in the heather. GOS membership applied for.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Bedwas

Fri 9th Jul 2021

Main sighting: Red Kite

At our outdoor breakfast today we saw a Red kite a Peregrine and six Swifts.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Bedwas

Thu 8th Jul 2021

Main sighting: Goshawk

Whilst we were enjoying an outdoor breakfast a female Goshawk flew over the garden, not long before a female Sparrowhawk with prey.

Mike and Jackie Pointon

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sun 4th Jul 2021

Main sighting: Little Ringed Plover

17:30-20:30 Little Ringed Plover 10 adults +1 juv on Becs. Green Sandpiper 1 Little Egret 5 Sand Martin 20 Lesser Whitethroat 1 Raven 4

Allan Dowson

goldcliff lagoons

Sun 4th Jul 2021

Main sighting: short eared owl

A short eared owl appeared when spooked by a quartering female marsh harrier.Also 8-oystercatchers from 1st platform1-greenshank,3-juv.BHGs,11h30-13h30

Tim Jukes

Goldcliff lagoons

Sun 4th Jul 2021

Main sighting: Red knot

In addition to earlier post, sightings from Curlew Hide include 2 summer plumage Red Knot, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper

Tim Jukes

Goldcliff lagoons

Sun 4th Jul 2021

Main sighting: Short-eared Owl, Whimbrel

From Advocet Hide – Short-eared Owl (13:00) along fence posts to left of hide, Marsh Harrier (f), 2 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Dunlin, 29 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Skylark, 10 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 4 Mallard, 1 Shelduck, 33 Black-headed Gull, 5 Lapwing, 1 Canada Goose

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 3rd Jul 2021

Main sighting: Amendment

From yesterday’s sightings, forgot to add 16 black-tailed godwits on the third lagoon and a female juvenile sparrowhawk on the fence post from the redshank platform.

Adrian & Charlotte Edwards

Peterstone Seawall

Sat 3rd Jul 2021

Main sighting: Mediterranean gull

1 med gull in among up to 200 black headed gulls; also 2 common sandpipers; 3 oystercatchers; 7 shelduck ducklings getting bigger; 2 little egrets; lots of reed warblers (some seen most heard, also whitethroat, chiff chaffs and will warbler

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 3rd Jul 2021

Main sighting: Short-eared Owl

0600 – 1215. Pheasant, chiffchaff 3, lesser whitethroat calling briefly, green woodpecker calling, cettis, common whitethroat and pied wagtail family group. Hide one – single curlew, 8 lapwing, 3 oystercatchers and 1 grey heron. Redshank platform – roost count of 105 adults and 5 juvs. Hide two – 9 gadwall flying past, 37 sand martins with several other similar sized groups throughout the morning aerial feeding, skylarks, 1 common sandpiper, 1 little ringed plover, fem marsh harrier quartering, linnets and a strange looking ringed plover type wader (pics submitted for checking). Seawall – 7 ravens, 5 house amrtins and 3 swallows mixed in with sand martins, 1 little egret, 29 roosting curlew, 17 oystercatchers, 98 shelduck and 2 great black-backed gulls following a boat. Hide three – great views of a short-eared owl that passed the hide and landed along several posts on the fence line followed by quartering along the grass bank between the far left corner and down towards hide 1. Also from here, male marsh harrier, 13 dunlin, 12 ringed plovers, 2 knot in partial breeding plumage, 12 teal, 4 mute swans, kestrel and 75 more redshanks. Other: pyramidal orchid still flowering well, lots of meadow browns with ringlet, red admiral and a painted lady also on the wing and a pair of emperor dragonflies mating by the sea wall embankment.

Brian Thomas

Goldcliff

Sat 3rd Jul 2021

Main sighting: Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl, greenshank, common sandpiper.

Allan Dowson

goldcliff lagoons

Fri 2nd Jul 2021

Main sighting: Common Tern

1-Common Tern amongst 151+ Black Headed Gulls which included 4-juveniles,1-Common Sandpiper,and from sea wall hide;2-Knot in BP,1-Bar’wit,10-Black’wits in BP,On the tidal mud 1-Grey Plover in BP.1-Lesser Whitethroat near first hide.10h30-12h30

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