After finishing my last uni exam of the academic year, I decided that I would pay a quick visit to Goldcliff. I got the first train to Newport and then cycled the remaining distance from the station to the reserve, arriving on site at around half three.
I headed for the seawall hide, where I hoped to see the Red-Necked Phalarope, which had been found the previous morning. It was an adult female in its breeding finery, and showed well at the front of the lagoon, feeding actively and taking the odd short flight. Below are a few record shots of the bird:
A quick check of the other lagoons produced nothing out of the ordinary, with good numbers of Avocet, Shoveller, Little Egret, Lapwing and Redshank being the ‘highlights’.