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Sightings

Adrian Hickman

Sunday, 26 October 2003

GLWR Uskmouth

Main Sighting:
YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER showing intermittently throughout afternoon until ca4.30pm in'scopse'sat eastern end of the new reedbed Lagoons(approx ST338 826)ie.behind seat. Often elusive and difficult to see but drew attention to itself by its'sdistinct'stsueest's call. Also drake Ring-necked Duck,Water Rail(good views),Merlin,Siskin,Redpoll,Clouded Yellow butterfly and very impressive Starling roost.
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Hadyn Jones

Friday, 24 October 2003

West Pill,Undy

Main Sighting:
A walk down Fisherman'ss lane to West Pill this afternoon produced 6 Brambling with about 12 Chaffinches feeding in the sycamores,@ 100 Fieldfare,2 Chiffchaffs,18 Red-Legged Partridges and 2 Stonechats to name the better birds.
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Mal Jenkins

Thursday, 23 October 2003

Pontypool

Main Sighting:
Unusual sight of a Grey Heron landing and staying a while on a house roof along the Highway New Inn! Took no notice of any of the traffic or noise below.
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Keith Jones

Thursday, 23 October 2003

Bulmore Lakes

Main Sighting:
Visited Bulmore Lakes (NGR: ST 365 924) today (23.10.03). Among the birds present 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 25 Mallard, 29 Teal, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 male 1 female Goldeneye, 1 Moorhen, 3 Coot, 2 Water Rail Heard, 2 Common Snipe, 2 Buzzard, 7 Pheasant, 9 Fieldfare, 29 Redwing, 14 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Jay, and 1 dead Barn Owl (no sign of injury, looked emaciated).
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Keith Roylance & Mick Bailey

Monday, 20 October 2003

Llandegfedd Reservoir

Main Sighting:
Walked from the Feeding Station westwards to SO 321002.Water level low and cool wind. Whilst 41 species were noted there were no significant numbers of any one. Waders were noticeable by there absence. 1 Redshank and 5 Lapwing only. Canada Goose 18, Cormorant 18, Wigeon 40, Teal 20, Coot 2. There were 8 Pheasant at the feeding station, 1 Male + 7 Female & Immature. 40 Meadow Pipits on grass/mud utside the feeding zone. Other species noted, Black Headed, Lesser Black Backed & Herring Gulls, Great Crested Grebe, Heron,Little Grebe,Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blue, Great & Coal Tit, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Goldcrest, House Sparrow, Wren, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Robin, & Treecreeper. Buzzard & Kestrel. Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Jay & Raven. Woodpigeon.
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John Bennett

Sunday, 19 October 2003

Wentwood

Main Sighting:
Large numbers of birds everflying Wentwood(Cadira Beeches area)early morning.500+ Wood Pigeons,500+Redwing also some Fieldfares and some siskins feeding(~40).The Ring-necked duck was also present at Uskmouth and some water-rails showing on the next lagoon.
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Chris Jones

Sunday, 19 October 2003

Ynysyfro Reservoir

Main Sighting:
1 male Ruddy Duck amongst the usual Tufted, Pochard, Coot and Little Grebe.
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Mick Bailey

Sunday, 19 October 2003

Cwmbran

Main Sighting:
About 16 to 1700 hrs near ST265958 on flank of Mynydd Maen above Thornhill estate.Not many birds showing in cool breeze. Small mixed flock (c10) of Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle feeding on holly and hawthorn. One Snipe (surprisingly) flushed from bracken on dry steep hillside. One Peregrine flew E towards crematorium, but no Kestrel or Buzzard. 4 Meadow Pipits, but no Skylarks. One Green W'specker as usual. One male Reed Bunting near small pond where one holds territory in spring. Otherwise only Robins, Wrens, Greenfinch (3), Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Crow (3) and Raven.
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Mal Jenkins

Saturday, 18 October 2003

Cwmtillery Pond

Main Sighting:
Quick walk around the pond produced 2 Little Grebe, 2 Moorhen, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 30 Mallard and a Common Buzzard
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Andy Rowlands

Saturday, 18 October 2003

Pontypool Park

Main Sighting:
The white Common Buzzard that has been reported in several recent autumns is back. I watched it on and off for a couple of hours early this afternoon, perched in the tops of trees and in flight around the southern end of the park. Not 100% pure white but at least 95%! Worth a look - certainly cheered me up! If anyone has a 'sdigiscoping's setup it'ss worth giving it a try.
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