Goldcliff

In the afternoon I decided to go somewhere different, this being the first opportunity for months! I went to Goldcliff in Gwent. The two main interests were a Tundra Bean Goose and an imm European White-fronted Gooses, which were duly seen and photographed from the Snipe platform. Also present were Greylags and Canadas which emphasised the smaller build of the rarer ones. Other wildfowl were Mallard, Gadwall, a few Wigeon, Teal, lots of Shoveler, Tufted Duck, and Shelduck. The annual Avocets were present with 13 on the first lagoons and others elsewhere, plus 100+ Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank [some display], a single Spotted Redshank, 1 Curlew, 2 Dunlin, a pair of Ringed Plover and a pair of Little Ringed Plover doing some display, and Lapwing. Quite a few Skylark were singing. On the lep front I had a brief Small Tortoiseshell.

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