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Home Sightings

Sightings

Mark Davies

Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Usk

Main Sighting: Smew
Smew in usual area with 7 Goldeneye (2 male & 5 female) and a couple of Little Grebe
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Simon James Bedford

Monday, 07 January 2019

Llanyrafon Boating Lake

Main Sighting: Water rail
Still elusive but at least one rail flew from the railway track reed bed to the island . Also 39 Canada geese 2 mute swan hating the geese 2 goosander ...redhead and male 18 moorhen 14 coot 63 mallard 4 domesticated duck one kingfisher 148 bhgull
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Blair Jones

Sunday, 06 January 2019

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Black Redstart
Black Redstart seen at the seawall fence near Hill Farm and on the roof of Hill Farm and vicinity. Stoat observed swimming in Priors lagoon from the reeds to the grass. Other sightings 1 x Peregrine ( on mini island at Monks). 20+ Teal,30+ Shelduck, 250+ Wigeon, 50+Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 100+ Canada Geese, 10+ Greylags, 15 x Redshank, 42 x Oystercatchers flying past sea wall to the point. 1 x Stonechat. 1 x Wren, 3 x Cariion Crows, 2 x Magpies, 2 x Mute Swans, 5 + Black Headed Gulls, 1 x Coot, 10 x Curlews ( more on the mud 30+), 1 x Grey Heron, 1 x Little Egret, 1 x Buzzard (Bosprey), 3 x Lapwings ( big flock not seen today)
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N J Davies / Dan Webb / Andrew Strong

Saturday, 05 January 2019

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Barnacle geese
Afternoon to dusk visit - pair of stonechats, pair of barnacle geese still around, 2 lt egrets, 214 Canada geese, 2 foxes on the sea wall watching the geese and drooling, 2 buzzards, male perregrine perched on the 1st island full and content, 2 herons, male pochard, 26 lapwing, 18 teal, 105 wigeon, 2 common gulls flying overhead, 11 snipe (1 possible jack snipe but could not be relocated)?, 2 gadwall and coot. Seawall - 15 avocet, 2 gt b b gulls, 4 turnstone close in and 63 redshanks.
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N J Davies

Saturday, 05 January 2019

Red Farm and Boat Lane

Main Sighting: Water rail
Red barn (not from the hide) - 103 teal, 204 wigeon, 32 lapwing, 11 curlew, redwings, 10 snipe, 2 mute swans and a cormorant. Boat Lane - 3 male reed buntings, 63 lapwing, water rail squealing, 4 mute swans, 3 snipe, buzzard, flock of 23 redwings with 1 fieldfare and 12 song thrushes mixed in (feeding on the ground), 24 curlew, 32 rooks, raven and 2 Continental race blackbirds. From the sea wall - 15 avocet, 1 greenshank flying down channel, 10 wigeon, 1 oystercatcher, 4 curlew and 8 shelduck.
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Bob Russ

Friday, 04 January 2019

Goldcliff Lagoons

Main Sighting: Shelduck
Early afternoon and low tide, so no waders of note. Lots of Teal, Wigeon, Shovellers and at least one Shelduck. Canada and several Grey Geese (Greylag and Whitefronted?). A couple of Mistle Thrushes, but no sign of the Black Redstart. Kestrel - later in the afternoon.
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John Lawton

Friday, 04 January 2019

Gldcliff

Main Sighting: Black Redstart
Elusive but occasionally appearing on fence posts close to the conical roof part of Hill Farm. A cat camping out on the sea wall put paid to seeing it again. All the other sightings on the lagoons themselves were waterfowl. principally Canada Geese but good numbers of Shoveler, Teal and Wigeon and a smaller number of Tufted Ducks and Shelduck.
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Nicholas Beswick

Friday, 04 January 2019

Waunavon Bog

Main Sighting: Merlin
Late afternoon visit. Merlin hunting though no sign of anything for it to catch. A distant Red Grouse called twice. Short-eared Owl appeared briefly at 16.40 over the ridges to the west.
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Roger Ruston

Friday, 04 January 2019

Usk

Main Sighting: Smew
11.30 Female Smew still present on the river at ST387995, in the company of 3 pairs of Goldeneye and 3 Little Grebes.
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Ed Stevens

Friday, 04 January 2019

Sudbrook

Main Sighting: Snipe
Mid afternoon walk along tide line on salt marsh at sudbrook, flushed 7 snipe and 1 pheasant. Also 2 stonechat and 2 reed bunting.
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