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Sightings

N J Davies

West Usk Estuary

Mon 30th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Curlew sandpiper

Sighting received from and posted on behalf of Mike Smart (Curlew Ringing Project Group)
25 Mute Swans feeding in field behind the seawall; at least 300 Shelducks; 2 Wigeon; at least 150 Oystercatchers; 5 Ringed Plovers; 4 Grey Plovers; 60 Dunlin; 1 Curlew Sandpiper; 40 Knot; 110 Curlews; 5 Bar-tailed Godwits; 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Redshanks, 5 Turnstones, at least 50 Swallows 5 House Martins, 1 Wheater.

Chris Wells

Goldcliff Lagoons

Mon 30th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Red-necked Phalarope

A juvenile Red-necked Phalarope at Goldcliff Lagoons viewed from Avocet Hide last seen 10:52, very mobile.

Two Spoonbill, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel present.

Mr Allan Dowson

goldcliff lagoons

Sun 29th Sep 2019

Main sighting: spoonbill

Two Spoonbills from the extended platform.Glossy Ibis from the same platform.Another birder had a report of a Red Necked Phalarope seen earlier in the afternoon,also from same platform.17h00-18h15

Chris Stone

Sudbrook

Sun 29th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Goosander

Male almost certainly seen again floating up river severn (from bedroom window) approx. 8’ish this am

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 28th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Bar-tailed Godwit

Very hard going birding wise with high winds and heavy showers, but highlights from a dawn to mid-morning visit included 17 bar-tailed godwits in amongst some black-tailed godwits, 73 dunlin, 189 curlew from hide 1 (4 colour ringed birds from the Severn ringing project present), 63 knot, black swan, 4 gt black-backed gulls over low which moved the curlews off, female kestrel, 1 heron and 3 lt egrets only, 1 greenshank, female sparrowhawk, 1 yellow wagtail, 2 wheatears, 2 snipe, pair of stonechats, 1 skylark, 3 grey plovers and 21 ringed plovers. At one point 620 shelduck (possibly more) flew up from behind the seawall before dropping down near the Pill. The 2 spoonbills were present again and appear to be juvenile birds based on their bill colouring? Cettis calling also and a chiffchaff (contact call) picked up.

Neville Davies

Goldcliff Lagoons

Thu 26th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Woodlark

Evening visit – male kestrel hunting, 63 shelduck, 8 lt egrets, 2 spoonbill feeding on 1st and 2nd lagoons, 2 wheatears, 6 yellow wagtails, smaller passage of meadow pipits, only 6 swallows, 2 chiffchaffs (contact calls), 1 buzzard, 1 heron and an adult female marsh harrier. It was hard going with the high wind and showers so third hide and seawall not visited. However, back at hide 1 was a mix of 75 ringed plovers, 11 dunlin, 1 curlew sandpiper, 1 knot, 12 grey plovers later joined by 2 golden plovers, 20 lapwing, 1 greenshank, 1 ruff and 2 common redshanks. A low flyover woodlark (seen and calling) was the highlight of the visit.

Chris Forster Brown

Newcastle

Thu 26th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Goshawk

Goshawk circling over valley and woodland somewhere near Newcastle, Mon. Mobbed by crow. Nearby several tens of hirundines still.

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Wed 25th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Grey Plover

Evening visit at high tide. Notably 8 x Grey Plovers were seen on Monks Lagoon with a small number Knots (6). 50 x Lapwings, Dunlin (1), Ringed Plover 30+, Black Headed Gulls 20 +. Big flocks of Meadow Pipits and Goldfinches.
1 x Buzzard. On Priors was 1 x Ruff, 1 x Snipe , 1 x Redshank, 2 x Greenshank and 100+ Teal.
Becs Lagoon – hunting Kestrel, 2 x Spoonbill 8 x Curlew. Little Egret x 6.
I was informed that someone had seen a Scaup Duck earlier in day but not confirmed.

Ed Stevens

Sudbrook

Wed 25th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Gooseander

Seen by Chris Stone this afternoon at sudbrook. 1 male gooseander, 1 adult Mediterranean gull, 24 redshank.

Simon James Bedford

Upper Red House Hendre

Wed 25th Sep 2019

Main sighting: Goshawk

Juv Goshawk hunting low at woodland edge and up tk 45 Swallow heading south .Also Green Woodpecker Male and 5 Buzzard thermal .

Tom Chinnick

Goldcliff lagoons

Sun 22nd Sep 2019

Main sighting: Spoonbill

7 Spoonbill from seawall hide

Blair Jones

Goldcliff Lagoons

Sat 21st Sep 2019

Main sighting: Waders and Peregrine

High tide today did not produce the numbers hoped for of Waders. Bit of a lull at the moment generally. Flock of Knots had some Dunlins in it and they settled on Becs Lagoon where a male Peregrine had been perched on a rock most of the morning but flew off eventually. A Turnstone and some Lapwing joined the Dunlins and a Curlew Sandpiper and things settled. Then the Peregrine returned and took out the Turnstone and ate it on the Becs Island.

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