Thursday, 29 December 2011

Lesser Scaup

...has apparently relocated to Cardiff Bay near Prospect Place [per Steve Hinton],as of early afternoon.

Whooper & Gt Scaup - Cossie

a.m. Whooper still present, and Gtr Scaup [on E lake] but couldn't find the Lsr Scaup. My guess is it's gone back to Cardiff Bay [try Hamadryad/R Taff, C Bay Wetlands or the area by the Ice Rink/Prospect Place]. Nice to see the Bridgend brigade on my patch - have a good new year boys :-)

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Cosmeston 28th Dec

PS - there were 2 v good candidates for sinensis Cormorant on the W lake posts this morning, but I didn't have a protractor with me to measure the dreaded gular patch angle!

Cosmeston - Whooper & Lesser Scaup.

Whooper Swan still present on E lake. A surprise was seeing what is presumably the returning drake Lesser Scaup, sitting next to the drake Greater Scaup as I was scannig for the latter. Again, E lake in the LH corner beyond the boardwalk. Escaped back to car just b4 downpour.
Gtr Scaup [L] and Lsr Scaup [R]
Above cropped image of the two Scaup.
And here's the friendly Whooper, which was quietly bugling to itself all the time:

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Whooper Swan at Cosmeston


Whooper Swan at Cosmeston CP.
It carries an orange darvic ring with Y59, ringed in Worcestershire Jan. 2011

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Cossie

LBBG P:Z, white lettering on green darvic.
4 Gadwall E lake and 7 Pochard [3 E lake 4 W lake]. No sign of Scaup. Also Sprawk flew through across boardwalk.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Cosmeston

On E Lake this morning, a drake [Greater] Scaup near the grassy 'beach' beyond the far end of the main boardwalk, with a small raft of Tufties. Also 3 Pochard [2 E lake, 1 W lake].

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Cosmeston

Still not much activity on the wildfolw front. About 120 Tufties present and 1 lone drake Pochard, although 3 Gadwall [1m 2f] on W lake were new.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Cosmeston

a.m. v cold and rainy. c.100 Redwing and c.50 Fieldfare, v. approx as they were spread out. 5 Reed Bunt by the new pool that has been excavacted by the med. village boardwalk. 1 Green 'Pecker, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Snipe same place as Sat last, and a scattering of Blackbird, Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush. Ducks still much as b4 with still no showing of Pochard numbers.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Cosmeston

The Glamorgan Bird Club montly walk - 1 degC and very still. 4+ Reed Bunt by the boardwalk, 90 Tufties and now 4 drake Pochard. c.100 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 4+ Song Thrush, 1 Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Snipe in one of the 'rides' in the 'snipe paddock' [on the R past the dragonfly pond], and a wintering Chiffchaff in bushes near the dragonfly pond.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Cosmeston

B**** windy!! Only birds of note were c.100 Redwing up near the dragonfly pond, with about 10 Mistle Thrush mixed in. Also 2 Green 'Peckers in the west paddock. On E lake 90 Tufted Duck and 1 solitary drake Pochard. There's usually a lot more than that by now. All paths off the main drag are pretty much a quagmire - best boots required.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Cosmeston

Back from absence on leave in warmer climes! Pretty quiet this morning although a lot of Thrushes feeding on hawthorn around the place, including a few Redwing and loads of Blackbirds and Song Thrushes. On 29th Nov I noted a Coot with a white Darvic type ring on it's left leg with black lettering BCC and a metal ring on R leg. Can't immed find any info on t'net. Any ideas? Assume it must be local-ish