Wednesday, 21 February 2018


19th Feb - male Great Spotted Woodpecker in Cogan Wood again.
21st Feb - Kingfisher flew across W lake, 3 Bullfinch [2f 1m] were feeding along far end of W paddock, often down on the grass, 2 Buzzard over Cogan Wood and a single Greylag Goose was on W lake.

Sunday, 18 February 2018


Two photos of the hybrid drake Ring-necked Duck x Tufted Duck which was present on E lake on 15th Feb and also a male Great Spotted Woodpecker seen in Cogan Wood the same day. The latter has since been heard drumming:


A Kingfisher flew across W lake this morning and landed in a tree by the middle viewpoint. Otherwise nothing new. There was an interesting hybrid Aythya duck a couple of days ago [Ring-nekced Duck x Tufted Duck drakes]. I have some photos which I will post soon - they're on the laptop.

Sunday, 11 February 2018


A couple of updates - apologies for the delay. Yesterday, Sat 10th there was a Gt Northern Diver on E lake in the rain and a drake Pintail could just about be made out [with binos] on W lake, both found by Wayne Strong. The GND was apparently still n E lake at 9 a.m. today but I and several others could not find it on either lake late morning. Ditto the Pintail. However Mike Pointon had an imm Iceland Gull on E lake before it flew off [half a minute before I got to where he was standing!. The Redpolls haven't been seen for a couple of days.

Monday, 5 February 2018


My friend Annie Irving found a few Redpoll yesterday, so I took advantage of the nice morning to see if they were still there [haven't seen a Redpoll there for quite a few years - they used to be fairly
regular in the winter].

Luckily they were still in the same place, about 200m up W paddock on the RH side, feeding on Alder cones, their favourite food source. Took a lot of photos of these very active little finches that never keep still.
Also present of note, 2 Green Woodpeckers were on the path that runs between E paddock and the golf course, near the carving.

Friday, 2 February 2018


Hightight during a short walk this morning was a male hybrid Ring-necked Duck x Tufted Duck on W lake. The long staying drake Shoveler was hiding in the reed edge as usual.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018


A nice sunny morning so I took a few photos during a circular walk taking in Cogan Wood. There was a Buzzard sitting in a tree by the dipping pond and another sitting on the 'snipe paddock' fence posts. 1 Treecreeper crept up below the first buzzard [see photos], 2 Goldcrests were by the central path, another Treecreeper was in Cogan Wood together with Coal, Blue Great and Long-tailed Tits and a Mistle Thrush. No show by the Marsh Tit. No change in the widfowl. Quite a few pix so small thumbnails [click on each one].

Spot the Treecreeper!

Just caught the TC as it flew off.

Treecreeper high in Cogan Wood canopy

Elderly Dragon Tree