Tuesday, 19 September 2017


Nice sunny day again. Feeling pretty rough but had to walk the dog, so took the camera, and got these shots. The single remaining imm GC Grebes from each pair are doing well. The Goldcrest was a miracle shot from about 50 or so of leaves and twigs - they never stay still! Not much other action. A small skein of Canadas flew in and there was a light passage of Swallows, and a Kingfisher flew across W lake bay.
It's heading for the midge on the right!

Rattus norvegicus


Sunday, 17 September 2017


Just a few photos I took this morning. On the bird front there were 12 Tufted Ducks and the Kingfisher showed twice, and an ad and an imm Heron were on W lake.

Migrant Hawker

Friday, 15 September 2017


Just a quick walk this morning. 3 sightings of Kingfisher involving 2 birds, 1 by W lake grassy 'beach' and the other flew under the main bridge E lake > W lake. 8 Tufted Ducks, Little Grebe with 1 imm, GC Grebe with large imm, good number of hirundines [Swallow and House Martin], ad Heron in W lake trees, 1 Mistle Thrush in W paddock.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


A very brief Hobby flew over Cogan Wood this morning. W lake had 20-30 Sand Martins, there were 40 or so House Martin over the snipe paddock, a fem Stonechat appears to have replaced the recent Whinchat [in field beyond the snipe paddock], W lake had 1 Little Grebe and E lake 1 imm Heron.

Thursday, 7 September 2017


Three Spotted Flycatchers still present this morning, having moved from their location at the end of the W paddock central hedge yesterday afternoon, to near the far LH corner of the far W paddock field, where they were some days ago. Four Mistle Thrush in W paddock, 7 Tufted Ducks [6 E lake and 1 W lake]. The many Sand Martins of y’day afternoon had diminished to a few.

Lavernock & Cosmeston

The Glamorgan Bird Cub had a field trip to Lavernock yesterday and some of us called in at Cosmeston in the afternoon. The total list for the day was 52 species. Highlights were Peregrine,  Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel, an imm Green Woodpecker feeding on a track at Lavernock Reserve, steady continuous passage of Swallow, House- and Sand Martins, fairly large flocks of Linnet and Goldfinch, and 3 Spotted Fycatchers and the Whinchat at Cosmeston, plus 3 Little Grebe there and a Goldfinch which flew from the dipping pond, where we had 2 Water Voles.
Other highlights included a good total of 12 species of Butterfly including 2 Painted Ladies at Lavernock Reserve.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017


The Whinchat was till present this morning on the RH posts of the snipe paddock as you approach from W paddock, then on the far end posts. Also 2 Common Whitethroat and a Chiffchaff there. W lake had 3 Tufted Ducks, a Little Grebe, and 2 ad GC Grebes, each with a single young, one moe or less full size and the other a little smaller. This is the larger of the two, grabbed with my bridge camera.

Saturday, 2 September 2017


Very confiding Water Vole at the dipping pond this morning. Whinchat in the snipe paddock and several Chiffchaffs, single Mistle Thrush in W paddock and a fem Sparrowhawk flew across there. Little Grebe catching fish in W lake, and 2 pairs of Buzzards circling and mewing loudly. Click each pic for a bigger one.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017


News from a couple of days ago that I forgot to post. On W lake in the bay there was an ad Little Grebe with a fully grown juv still with stripey head.  They kept that quiet & hidden - hadn't seen any sign of small chicks prior to that.


A couple of better photos of the Autumn Ladies Tresses that I discovered last week. Found a couple more flowers spikes this morning so there are 10 in all.

Friday, 18 August 2017


Found a new species [for me at least] at Cossie this morning - Autumn Ladies Tresses. Checked with ranger Sharon and it's not on their wildlife list. This is just a cropped pic from my phone taken in between a couple of biblical downpours!

Thursday, 17 August 2017


I have received a report of a Spot Fly at Cosmeston today from a member of the public messaging GBC on FB with photos. Somewhere up the RH side of the park [red route?]. I'm guessing E paddock top end.

Saturday, 12 August 2017


in the far LH corner of W paddock approx here: click for map 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Blackcap incl 1 imm male, 1 imm Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, several each of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, and a light passage of Swallows > west. On W lake c.20 Sand Martin and ad GCG with 3 chicks on its back, and on E lake ad GCG with slightly larger chicks in the water. Click on each photo for a bigger one.
PS there were 3 drake Tufted Ducks on W lake, the first this autumn.

Common Blue


Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Reed Bunting

probable Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Thursday, 10 August 2017


a.m. In the far LH corner of W paddock - 2 fem Blackcap, 1 imm Comm Whitethroat, 1 Willow Wblr, several Chiffchaff, 1 m Bullfinch, Long-t-Tit. On W lake 1 ad GC Grebe with 3 chicks on its back, 1 ad and 1 imm Grey Heron, and 2 large Carp swam under the main bridge.

Sunday, 6 August 2017


A feral white goose sitting on the GCG nest on W lake didn't seem to be good news. Then I saw 2 pairs of GC Grebes displaying and acting aggressively towards one another, and finally saw that one of each pair was carrying at least one chick on their back. 2 Herons on the posts and a few Sand Martins flying around. Also a distant display from the Red Arrows as they were performing over Barry.

Thursday, 3 August 2017


Disappointing 45 mins at the searchlight shelter [admittedly late morning], produced just a single Manxie down channel and a Whimbrel, plus the usual gulls. Obviously I need to get up earlier! Did see a Painted Lady in the first field.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


A dismal morning with little or no small bird activity. There were 5 Swift around the main bridge, c.20 Sand Martin over the lakes and a few House Martins. Water Vole showing more or daily in the dipping pond and there was a rat there this morning. Hope they don't interfere with the Water Voles.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Cosmeston a.m.

A few photos from this morning. The Water Voles that were re-introduced are doing well, although we could do without people dumping unwanted Terrapins!

Common Darter

Saturday, 29 July 2017


It has seemed a bit quiet at Cossie since my return from Uganda, perhaps not surprisingly. The GCGs have finally established a floating nest in the usual spot in W lake bay on the Water Bistort. Lets hope it and the ensuing young, survive. Quite a few Sand Martins over W lake today and a Kingfisher caught a fish in the corner of E lake near the main bridge then carried it down the shoreline by the central path, out of view form the bridge but presumably to where we suspect they have a nest [this is along the shoreline where the planning appl. for the wakeboarding run is located].
Mallards are all in eclipse plumage now. Jays were quite vocal and active this morning, and Common Whitethroat seen by W paddock hedge in the last couple of days. Lots of 6-Spot Burnet moths feeding, plus Gatekeepers, and Common Blues.The introduced Water Voles seem to be doing well, although we could do without the Terrapins that someone has dumped in the dipping pond.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Lavernock Pt

Just a heads up that WTSWW are having an open day at Lavernock WT Reserve on Sun 6th Aug from 12:00 midday to 4 p.m. Lead walks will leave on the hour throughout the afternoon.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017


Nothing exciting but 2 juv Whitethroats seen [1 nr dragonfly pond and 1 near Med Village], Mute Swan pair with 4 cygnets [they started with 5], 1 ad Heron W lake. 2 Ad sum plum Black-headed Gulls were new returning arrivals.

Sunday, 25 June 2017


V. quiet at Cosmeston this morning in the annoying strong wind. The Mute Swan pair seem to have lost 1 of their 5 cygnets, sadly. W lake had 2 GRey Herons [an ad and an imm] and a few Sand Martin. Leps comprised Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Red Admiral, Common Blue, and a Small Skipper. A Buzzard was doing a lot of mewing above the far end of Cogan Wood.

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