Tuesday, 20 June 2017


Best wildlife at Cossie this morning was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth at c.ST173698 at the far end of E paddock beyond where the large patch of Bee Orchids were [they have now gone over]. People were apparently looking for the Night Heron from 5 a.m. until about 09:30 to no avail. Also lots of Ringlets on the wing now and a Small Skipper was in the same area as the moth.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Cosmeston - Night Heron!!

Glamorgan Bird Club member Annie Irving, found this adult Night Heron at Cosmeston this morning. It wasn't showing when I went this afternoon but showed well both in the tree opposite the main bridge and in flight, at 7:30 onwards in the evening.  Click each pic for a bigger one.

Friday, 9 June 2017


At Lavernock there was 1 Manx Shearwater down channel during a v brief visit.
Then on to Cosmeston:
Just a few photos from  brief visit this morning:

Interesting photo of Reed Warbler with a scrap of reed

male Reed Bunting

This LBBG was very vocal

Sunday, 4 June 2017


Orchids are doing great now. There are about 100 spikes of Pyramidal just coming into flower at the end of E paddock on the left just before the kissing gate onto the Mile Road track. So now that's c.100 Pyramidal, 100+ Bee, 1000's of Common Spotted, 4 Greater Butterfly, a few Southern Marsh, and Twayblade and Early Purple that have now gone over.
Bird-wise today there were just a few House- and Sand Martins over W lake between the showers, a male Reed Bunting by the Snipe paddock and Reed Warbler still singing by E lake boardwalk.
Pyramidal Orchid

Pyramidal Orchid

Pyramidal & Common Spotted


Southern Marsh Orchid

Thursday, 1 June 2017


Another flowery/insect walk this morning as birds v quiet, altough 3 Buzzards were over W paddock. The Greater Butterfly Orchids were in flower [just 3 spikes], Bee Orchids still looking good, and quite a few Dragonflies at the Draongfly Pond incl Black-tailed Skimmer and 4-Spotted Chaser per photos, plus a coupe of Emperors, and a Beautiful Demoiselle, and plenty of Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damsels.
Greater Butterfly Orchid

Bee Orchid

Black-tailed Skimmer

4-Spotted Chaser

Wednesday, 31 May 2017


A few photos from a walk round this morning. Best was an area with at least 60 flowering spikes of Bee Orchid. The Dog Roses are putting on a good show. I'm pretty sure the dragonfly is a female Emperor, ovipositing at the dipping pond.
Bee Orchid

Violet sp

Dog Rose

Dog Rose

Ox-eye Daisy and micro moth sp

Coot Foot!

f Emperor?

Thursday, 25 May 2017


Cosmeston this morning. Pretty quiet bird wise. The Coot was interesting - the ads were with the young on the dipping pond the other day, then this morning they had built a new nest which they and the chicks are using. This is definitely a new nest and not the one the hatched in. O/W Common Blue, Common Spotted Orchid, Twayblade [first one I've seen there], and a grab shot of a Buzzard flying over by the cafe, with my bridge camera.