Autumn Passage at Goldcliff – 9/ix/15

Despite what the title might suggest, it was a fairly quiet day at the east end of the Newport Wetlands. I arrived at about half eight, and within the first half hour I managed a count of 33 Chiffchaff, with 5 Blackcap a Whitethroat and 4 Goldcrest mixed in for good measure. There were good numbers of Yellow Wagtail flying about, and after a bit I managed to pin down a couple on the deck and showing well, beside the third hide.

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The juvenile Green Woodpecker below, showed well and a Cetti’s Warbler appeared from the brambles behind the platform for a few seconds, also.

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A wander around the Boat Lane area produced little else of note, with a few more Chiffchaff and another Whitethroat seen. I did manage to see and photograph only my second ever Ruddy Darter – a nice fresh male. A Hobby also flew over.

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After a quick bite to eat at the Farmer’s Arms, I visited the lagoons at Goldcliff again, in the hope that the high tide might bring in some more waders. A self-found, newly arrived juvenile Spotted Redshank was nice, but other than that there was nothing new, so decided to call it a day. Hopefully some rougher weather early next week will bring in something better.

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