Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Lavernock Point

Pretty quiet with a fresh westerly blowing. A Buzzard & Sparrowhawk, a few redwings (c60) in the bushes and two brambling in with small flock of chaffinches. A flock of goldfinches feeding in the top fields, a single meadow pipit over and a few blackbirds in the hedgerows, along with the usual corvids. 

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Cosmeston

late morning: highlight was 2 white-rumped birds sitting next to each other in a tree 100m beyond the dragonfly pond - male Bullfinch and male Bramnbling. Nice. Also a few Redwing there and a Mistle Thrush.
A few winter wildfowl: 5 Gadwall on E lake [3m 2f] were new arrivals; 8 Pochard, 1 Teal [f[ and c.40 Tufted Duck on W lake.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Lavernock Point & LNR

The highlight was a Firecrest (top stubble field hedgerow) in with mixed flock. Viz-mig was good with Goldfinch & Chaffinch being the most numerous. Also Lesser Redpoll, Brambling, Sky Lark & Linnet. Good numbers of Wood Pigeon & Goldcrests there too. House Martin was the only hirundine. Peregrine over cliffs. 26 Lapwing >NE was unusual for site. [JDW, PB & DRWG] Lep: Red Admiral

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Lavernock LNR & Cosmeston

both late morning. Small groups of Redwing dropping in to the Lavernock reserve, also plenty of finch movement incl a couple of Brambling and Redpoll, c.1000 Wood Pigeon in nearby stubble fields, and similar no. of Corvids in the coastal fields, mostly Jackdaw. Also a few Swallow over. Quick check of E lake at Cossie but no Lsr Scaup. Colour-ringed Black-headed Gull yellow with black lettering AEC5 appears to be a German ringed bird.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Cosmeston

10 Pochard this afternoon, 8 on E lake and 2 on W lake. Couple of Swallow over. o/w pretty quiet.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Cosmeston

unusual sight this morning was a Treecreeper in Cogan Wood feeding like a Blue Tit, by hanging upside down by it's feet on thin twigs and picking what were presumably insects off the foliage. Also found the LTT/Goldcrest/Blue Tit flock again but couldn't find a YBW with them.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Cosmeston

Highlights of the Glamorgan Bird Club monthly walk this morning [8 participants] were fem Bullfinch [not seen one for a while here], nice scoped up views of 3 Snipe sitting in the 'snipe paddock' and a late Wheatear on one of the medieval village  buildings and also a Grey Wagtail in the ditch there.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Cosmeston Yellow-browed Warbler

Jeff Curtis found a Yellow-Browed Warbler with a feeding flock, at 11:30 this morning along the central path between the two viewing points. On getting the message, I got there at about 12:00 and fairly soon had a brief view. It was feeding in the Sycamores with about 8 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, Blue Tits and Great Tits. The flock slowly moved up & down the path, and ended up just beyond the far side of the bridge. Matthew Meehan turned up and he heard it call once, near the bridge. We then left as it started to pour with rain, although Gareth Stamp was still there.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Lavernock LNR and point & coast path

This a.m.
LNR - quite a few Redwing arriving and dropping into cover at the top part of the reserve. 3 Jay, Green 'Pecker, Sprawk and Goldcrest.
Point and coast path. 2 Goldcrest in Sycamore by Church House but nothing exciting with them. 12 Skylark in the big stubble field, 100 Linnet in the paddock by the big house, and continuous noise from sev. 100 Corvids, mostly Jackdaw. Also Jay and male Sprawk.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Cosmeston

2 Teal on W lake this morning were the first of the autumn. A Kingfisher showed for the first time in ages between the main bridge and the hide. Around 20 Swallow over the lakes. Jeff Curtis had 2 Chiffies by the first viewpoint.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Cosmeston

V short walk at Cossie this morning. 48 Tufted Duck on W lake - numbers increasing. 24 Kayakers on E lake meant that the birds, incl gulls, were few.
Interesting to see that the boat washing facility now has a spray head and can be used. I hope it is - we do not want killer shrimps or zebra mussels!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Lavernock - LNR and coast

Lavernock LNR - c.100 Goldfinch, 3 Jay, Chiffchaff & Blackcap m
Lavernock Pt, church and coast path - Chiffchaff by church, Blackcap m by old horse paddock and 8 Sky Lark over. Steady trickle of hirundines, mostly House Martin.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Lavernock coast path

continuous light passage of Swallows and some House Martin 2 Blackcap [m+f], and the big stubble field to the E had 2-300 Black-headed Gulls, 100 Herring Gull and innumerable Crow and Jackdaw. Not many finches yet except 20 Goldfinch. Also 1 Jay and 1 GS 'Pecker.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Cosmeston

Steady continuous passage of Swallows this morning, plus a Chiffchaff by Sully Brook, Jays collecting acorns, a few Sand Martin over W lake, and Migrant Hawker on the wing.