Monday, 15 January 2018


There were approx 250 Tufted Duck this morning - at least 200 on E lake and the others on W lake. Also 1 drake Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, and 17 Pochard on W lake. 1 Common Gull noted. I had a 3rd cal yr Yellow-legged Gull 2 days ago. Have photo but not taken off camera yet.

Friday, 12 January 2018


Back after a weeks birding in Norfolk. On a short visit this morning I noted 19 Teal on W lake which is a good count for the site.

Also good news is that the leader of the Conservative Vale Council, Councillor John Thomas has decided that the proposal for a wakeboarding facility at the lakes is not to be OK'd. Although there is still an planning application in place, as landowners the Vale Council will not allow any new facility of that type to be built.

Sunday, 31 December 2017


Last visit of 2017 this morning. There were 5 Wigeon on W lake plus 4 Gadwall, c.10 Pochard and 30 Tufties. One Grey Heron was in W lake island tree and another in the E lake fallen tree visible from the main bridge. There were 4 Little Grebes, 60 Canada Geese, another c.60 Tufties on E lake. A single Redwing was near the dipping pond and a Goldcrest was by the path at the back of W lake. I also had a 2 cal yr Yellow-legged Gull in the middle of E lake.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Re drones

I have learned that drones are not allowed at Cosmeston so if you see anyone flying one, please report it to the rangers straight away. Thanks.


5 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe and the usual tufties and pochard W lake, pair of Wigeon E lake and a lot more Tufties, 50+ Canadas 2 G C Grebe. Buzzard in tree nr dipping pond, party of 10+ Long t Tit and what may become a bit of a pain – 2 drones, one of which was being flown from the dipping pond platform not 50m away from the Buzzard.

Male Gadwall showing speculum

Tuesday, 19 December 2017


A few shots from a brief circuit with the pooch this morning. A couple of the friendly Robins and a Treecreeper in the band of trees by the high path at the back of W lake. Others worth noting were a couple of fem Bullfinches, a party of 12 Long-t-Tits near the central path, 4 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes and a few flighty Redwings.

Monday, 18 December 2017


Late afternoon at Cossie - very showy Kingfisher at the dragonfly pond at 3:45, 3 Wigeon still on E lake, 3 Gadwall plus the Tufties and Pochard on W lake and 40 or so TUfties on E lake, 2 Green 'Peckers behind dragonfly pond. Amazing sunset - click each pic: