Friday, 15 December 2017

Cosmeston

There were 7 Wigeon on E lake this morning, 16 Pochard on W lake and 2 visible Gadwall. 2 Little Grebe near the main bridge. Fem Bullfinch by the central path, 2 GCG, 7 Fieldfare at edge of Cogan Wood and plenty of flighty Redwing. Party of 12 Long-t Tits by path at back of W lake.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Cosmeston

Not much birding done at Cossie walk this a.m. with Anne trying out her moon boots newly issued by the Heath. However 4 Shoveler were new for me, and there were apparently 20 Teal. Sadly the v cold night resulted in the demise of 1 Mute Swan and a friend of mine found a dead Chaffinch on his walk.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Cosmeston

Bitterly cold this morning and pushing Anne in her wheelchair [ hopefully the ankle will be better soon!]. 5 Teal on W lake, 4 Gadwall and the usual group of Pochard and Tufties. Other than that, not much else noted.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Cosmeston

Incredibly wet under foot at Cossie this morning. Sully Brook was brim full and I estimate the lakes were a good 9" to 1ft above their normal level. Apart from the usual wildfowl, there were c.20 Fieldfare, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 30-40 Redwing, Song Thrushes and Blackbirds feeding along the edge of Cogan Wood [by the Dragonfly Pond path]. Also Green Woodpecker, and 2 Jay, and what could have been a Goshawk, or at least a very large fem Sprawk [only got a last minute flight view].

Friday, 8 December 2017

Cosmeston

Brief visit this morning. A Chiffchaff was in the hedgerow by the Medieval Village field. W lake had 5 Gadwall tucked in by the reeds, at least 6 Pochard and the usual Tufties, 1 Little Grebe [2 frequently showing recently], 1 Grey Heron, a Rook flew over the central path [aka Mile Road], 2 Jays and a male Bullfinch near Old Cogan Hall Farm.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Cosmeston

Mainly dog walking visit this morning. Birds noted were 15 Pochard on W lake, 4 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe, Redwings scattered around [to disperse to count], 4 Fieldfare [my first of this winter here], and I met Ian Hartrey from Penarth who had had good views of 3 Hawfinch in the band of trees that pass behind the dragonfly pond [i.e. the edge of Cogan Wood in effect]. They didn't re-show for me but hopefully they'll hang around.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Cosmeston

Just 2 Common Gulls of interest on W lake posts of interest in a short walk this morning. Yesterday there were 80 Tufted Duck on E lake. Today not counted, but a pair of Gadwall, a few Pochard on W lake.