Monday, 30 January 2017

Cosmeston

A fairly unusual sight this morning was 54 Herring Gulls on W lake, with no LBB Gulls. The latter usually way outnumber the former on both lakes but there were very few LBBGs even on E lake. Other than that the usual wildfowl, with 4 Gadwall still present and c.30-40 Redwing around W paddock.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Cosmeston

Alder catkins & cones, and the dragonfly pond had a layer of ice.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Cosmeston

At Cosmeston this morning - this Darvic ringed LBB Gull white with red 3NF - ringed on Flat Holm in 2011 - reported at Cossie in Apr 2012 and now again today. On W lake there were 5 Gadwall. A smart Fieldfare was on Glamorganshire Golf Club fairway adjacent the E lake path. O/W the usual suspects.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Cosmeston

a.m. 2 Mistle Thrush and a single Fieldfare feeding in W paddock, and a Green 'Pecker also. 4 Bullfinch [2 pairs] in trees by the Med Village concrete path, and 1 Treecreeper near the central path by the 'T' junction. Other than that, the usual suspects.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Cosmeston

Late afternoon dog walk. There were 57 Pochard on W lake, again nearly all drakes. 50 Redwing and a single Fieldfare in W paddock which suddenly flew up when a smart male Sparrowhawk had a go and nearly got one after doing a spectacular stall-turn.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Cosmeston

Back after a week in N Norfolk. There were 37 Pochard on W lake [of which only 4-5 were female], plus 2 Gadwall, and the usual Tufties were distributed between both lakes. A sum plum pair of Gt Crested Grebes displayed briefly on W lake. There were 2 Common Gulls on the posts, 50 Redwing flew out of W paddock and a Buzzard was over Cogan Wood.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Cosmeston

4 Snipe, 1 Ad Med Gull on W lake, 1 Common Gull on the posts, 1 drake Teal on W lake and good count of 32 Pochard. There seem to be 120+ Tufties of which I reckon 80-90% are drakes. A few Redwing, a Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush and Green 'Pecker in W paddock.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Cosmeston

Highlights during a quick wet dog walk: 4 Common Snipe flew from the snipe paddock and a single Redwing was near the play park. Then I shot off to see the Waxwings in Newport Road - Cardiff. :-)

PS I did hear from Graham Smith that there was a fem Scaup on W lake, and Ceri Jones had a Marsh Tit in Cogan Wood.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Cosmeston

Incredibly busy - gave up waiting for coffee after our walk - not so surprising with a nice sunny day after a day of non-stop rain! Species list during a 45 min walk - LBB Gull, Herring Gull, B-h Gull, 1 Common Gull, GCG, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, Coot, Moorhen, Water Rail heard, 14 Pochard, 80 Tufties, Mallard, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Crow, Magpie, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, LTT, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch [1 fem], Robin, Dunnock, Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Wood Pigeon. 29 Species.