Bird list

Below is a list of all birds I have seen at Cosmeston since around 1992, extracted from my personal database, and includes all accidentals and hybrids, and totals 154. There are of course species that other observers have seen and these are listed at the end and these bring the total for the site to a little in excess of 200 species!. I suspect the impressive list of waders includes birds that used the site before it became a country park.


Species Name                                                                     Dates/comment

Mute Swan  ---------------------------------------------            2-3 pairs breed each year
Whooper Swan -----------------------------------------          2 flew over 18/01/1997, 1 ringed bird Dec 2011 - Feb 2012
Pink-footed Goose -------------------------------------         Jan-10
Greylag Goose ------------------------------------------         occasional visitor often with Canada Geese   
Canada Goose ------------------------------------------        fairly frequent visitor in groups of up to 60 at times. Bred for 1st time                                                 .                                                                                           in 2013                                                                                
Shelduck -------------------------------------------------           singles May 97 & 2000
Ringed Teal ----------------------------------------------         fem on 19/01/2008[origin unknown]
Mandarin Duck ------------------------------------------         Nov - Dec 1993
Wigeon ----------------------------------------------------          occasional winter visitor
Gadwall ---------------------------------------------------          occasional winter visitor
Teal --------------------------------------------------------           occasional winter visitor
Mallard ---------------------------------------------------            breeds
Pintail ----------------------------------------------------             4 winter records
Garganey --------------------------------------------------         1 drake 14/05/2008, then 1 found by me on 14th Mar 2012
Shoveler --------------------------------------------------          occasional winter visitor
Red-crested Pochard ----------------------------------       Feb 99, Apr 99, Jan 2010
Pochard ---------------------------------------------------          regular winter visitor - max 800 but numbers now reduced
Ring-necked Duck --------------------------------------       Jan 2004, drake
Ferruginous Duck ---------------------------------------        drakes, Oct 2003, Nov & Dec 2008,
Tufted Duck ---------------------------------------------           regular winter visitor, can be numerous
Scaup -----------------------------------------------------           occasional winter visitor
Lesser Scaup ---------------------------------------------        drake in winters of 2008-9, 2009-10, Jan-Mar  2011, 2011-12
Common Scoter ----------------------------------------          single, 26/02/1996
Goldeneye ------------------------------------------------         92, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010
Goosander ------------------------------------------------         winter 2003-4, Nov 2009, both females
Ruddy Duck ---------------------------------------------          singles Dec 95, Oct 2005, Nov 2006
Pheasant --------------------------------------------------          infrequent in adjacent fields
Great Northern Diver ----------------------------------         single, 09/11/2009
Little Grebe ----------------------------------------------           1-2 pairs breed
Pied-billed Grebe ---------------------------------------        14/02/1999 to 06/03
Great Crested Grebe ------------------------------------      2-3 pairs breed
Slavonian Grebe ----------------------------------------        singles Nov 2004, Jan 2011
Manx Shearwater ---------------------------------------         wrecked bird after storm 10/09/1997 on E lake - flew off later
Great Cormorant ----------------------------------------         usually up to 4 around all year
Little Egret -----------------------------------------------            05/95, 10/2003, 08/2004, 02/2015
Grey Heron -----------------------------------------------         fairly regular around W lake
Great White Egret --------------------------------------         single bird flew over, 06/04/2010
Bittern ----------------------------------------------------            winters of 1997-2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010
Glossy Ibis -----------------------------------------------         16th Jan & 6th Feb 2012
Common Crane ------------------------------------------         3 flew over Cosmeston on 12th May 2014 [from the Crane Project]
Red Kite --------------------------------------------------          24/09/2008 over Cogan Wood
Sparrowhawk --------------------------------------------         regularly seen
Buzzard ---------------------------------------------------           regularly seen
Osprey ----------------------------------------------------           fly-over 12/04/2009
Kestrel ----------------------------------------------------            regularly seen
Merlin ----------------------------------------------------             fly-through 08/10/2011
Peregrine Falcon ----------------------------------------       occasionally seen overhead
Water Rail -----------------------------------------------           most noticeable in winter
Moorhen -------------------------------------------------            fairly common, breeds
Coot ------------------------------------------------------             90 or so always present, breeds
Oystercatcher -------------------------------------------         briefly, 14/01/1995
Golden Plover ------------------------------------------         6 flew E parallel to main road
Lapwing --------------------------------------------------          fly-over birds in early 1993 & 2009
Woodcock -----------------------------------------------         recorded in early 2001 & 2010
Snipe ------------------------------------------------------          mostly in winter
Jack Snipe -----------------------------------------------         single on 01/01/2009
Greenshank ----------------------------------------------        single bird 19/04/1992 did not settle
Common Sandpiper ------------------------------------      occasional on spring or autumn passage, max 12 on 9/7/2011
Common Gull -------------------------------------------          1 or 2 present each winter although 9 on 23/10/11
Ring-billed Gull ----------------------------------------          singles in winter 95-97, 2001, 2003-2006
Great Black-backed Gull ------------------------------     singles occasionally seen in winter
Herring Gull ---------------------------------------------          regular in small numbers
Yellow-legged Gull ------------------------------------        regular single sightings in winter since 1997
Lesser Black-backed Gull ----------------------------     numerous esp. in winter
Glaucous Gull -----------------------------------------       2nd yr bird 15 Jan 2015 after storms [1 day bird]
Black-headed Gull -------------------------------------       numerous in winter
Mediterranean Gull ------------------------------------        fairly regular, 17 records
Little Gull -----------------------------------------------             singles 08/93, 03/2001, 10/2008
Sandwich Tern -----------------------------------------         single, 05/04/2004
Common Tern -------------------------------------------        single, 31/08/2007
Feral Pigeon ----------------------------------------------       fairly common
Stock Dove ----------------------------------------------         irregular over the S fields
Wood Pigeon --------------------------------------------       common
Turtle-dove ----------------------------------------------         singles 05/06/2007, 30/05/2009, 09/11/2013
Collared-dove -------------------------------------------       occasionally seen
Rose-ringed Parakeet --------------------------------      Oct 2004, Nov 2006 & 2008
Cuckoo ----------------------------------------------------        only 3 seen, in summers of 2002, 2006, 2007
Barn Owl -------------------------------------------------          singles Mar 95 and Mar 02
Tawny Owl ----------------------------------------------          recorded once in Cogan Wood
Swift ------------------------------------------------------            common in summer
Kingfisher -----------------------------------------------           resident and seen occasionally
Wryneck -------------------------------------------------          single, 11/09/2008
Great Spotted Woodpecker -----------------------       seen fairly regularly
Green Woodpecker -----------------------------------       1-2 pairs, breeds
Wood Lark ----------------------------------------------          single, 07/10/2009
Sky Lark ------------------------------------------------            sometimes seen over S fields
Sand Martin --------------------------------------------           can be quite numerous in early spring
Swallow ------------------------------------------------             common, breeds in Medieval Village
House Martin -------------------------------------------          fairly common feeding over the lakes
Meadow Pipit ------------------------------------------           fairly common in W paddock, mainly in autumn
White Wagtail -----------------------------------------            1 on 28/04/2002
Pied Wagtail -------------------------------------------           1 or 2 present usually around the duck feeding area
Blue-headed Wagtail [iberiae] ------------------          1 white-throated, blue headed bird seen 01/05/2004 -
                                                                                               record submitted by me but no result ever emerged
Grey Wagtail --------------------------------------------         occasional around shores of W lake
Waxwing ------------------------------------------------           there was a very brief visit by one during the 2011-2012 invasion
Wren -----------------------------------------------------            common
Dunnock ------------------------------------------------            common
Robin ----------------------------------------------------            common
Redstart --------------------------------------------------          occasional autumn migrant
Whinchat -------------------------------------------------          migrant, usually autumn
Stonechat --------------------------------------------------       scarce nowadays - usually in W paddock area
Wheatear -------------------------------------------------         occasional spring & autumn migrant
Blackbird ------------------------------------------------           common
Fieldfare --------------------------------------------------          fairly common in winter
Redwing --------------------------------------------------          fairly common in winter
Song Thrush ---------------------------------------------         common
Mistle Thrush --------------------------------------------         1-2 pairs present all year
Cettis Warbler ------------------------------------------          2007 onwards, has bred, no records in 2011
Grasshopper-warbler ----------------------------------      single bird 01/05/1993 E Lake reeds
Sedge Warbler ------------------------------------------       fairly common breeder in summer
Reed-warbler --------------------------------------------        common breeder in summer
Blackcap -------------------------------------------------          common in summer
Garden Warbler -----------------------------------------        scarce - only 4 sightings, 1993, 2002, 2004, 2011
Common Whitethroat ----------------------------------        fairly common in summer
Lesser Whitethroat -------------------------------------        1-2 pairs usually present in summer
Willow Warbler ----------------------------------------           common in summer
Chiffchaff -----------------------------------------------           common in summer, has been recorded overwintering
Yellow-browed Warbler -------------------------------          1 in sycamore along the central path, 2011?
Wood Warbler ------------------------------------------         1 migrant 16/09/2009 with Chiffchaffs
Goldcrest ------------------------------------------------           fairly common resident
Firecrest ------------------------------------------------             single on 18/01/1997
Spotted Flycatcher -------------------------------------        recorded 2001-2009. Now scarce. 2 in Sep 2013
Pied Flycatcher -----------------------------------------         migrant, 01/08/2004, 13/09/2013
Bearded Tit ----------------------------------------------          2007, 8, 9, 10, in winter although 4 in Oct 2010
Long-tailed Tit ------------------------------------------          common resident
Marsh Tit ------------------------------------------------            Jan 95, 96, 97 in Cogan Wood - then Nov 2013
Coal Tit --------------------------------------------------            common resident
Great Tit -------------------------------------------------            common resident
Blue Tit ---------------------------------------------------           common resident
Nuthatch -------------------------------------------------            common resident
Treecreeper ----------------------------------------------        common resident, although not frequently seen
Woodchat Shrike ---------------------------------------        single 18/05/2002 in Medieval Village field
Jay --------------------------------------------------------             common resident
Magpie ---------------------------------------------------           common resident
Jackdaw --------------------------------------------------          common resident
Rook -----------------------------------------------------             common resident, breeds in Rookery in Cogan Wood
Carrion Crow -------------------------------------------            common resident
Common Raven ----------------------------------------         sometimes seen or heard overhead
Starling ---------------------------------------------------           common resident
Chaffinch ------------------------------------------------            common resident
Brambling ------------------------------------------------          scarce in winter
Greenfinch -----------------------------------------------          common resident
Siskin -----------------------------------------------------           sometimes small flocks present in winter
Goldfinch ------------------------------------------------           common resident
Lesser Redpoll ------------------------------------------       scarce. Sometimes present in winter with Siskin
Linnet ----------------------------------------------------            resident - never numerous, but more so in autumn/winter
Bullfinch ------------------------------------------------             resident - never very obvious
Hawfinch ------------------------------------------------            29/10/2005 - 4 flew from Cogan Wood with Redwing
Reed Bunting --------------------------------------------        a few pairs breed in the reeds

Hybrids and exotica:
Black Swan ------------------------------------------------- Mar 07, May 08
Bar-headed Goose --------------------------------------    30/07/2006
Hybrid Pochard - Ferruginous Duck --------------     very smart drake seen from 2003-2008 in winter
Hybrid Tufted - Pochard -------------------------------     noted in recent winters
Hybrid Scaup - Tufted Duck --------------------------    noted in recent winters
Hybrid Scaup - Pochard -------------------------------    noted in recent winters
Chiloe Wigeon ---------------------------------------------   2, Sep 2008, Aug 2009, Mar 2010
Hybrid American Wigeon - Chiloe Wigeon -----   Mar 2008

Species seen by other obsevers:
NB the more 'exotic' waders listed below are probably from quite a long while back when the park was in its post-quarry and early country park years, when there would have been some suitable habitat.
Bewick's Swan
White-fronted Goose
Barnacle Goose
Wood Duck
Redhead - this record now rescinded by BBRC
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-legged Partridge
Grey Partridge
Quail
Black-throated Diver
Black-necked grebe -----------------------------------        2 on 7th May 2012
Storm-petrel
Red-necked Grebe
Hen Harrier
Goshawk
Hobby
Avocet
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Grey Plover
Knot
Dunlin
Ruff
Black-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel
Curlew
Green Sandpiper
Spotted Redshank
Redshank
Turnstone
Knot
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Little Tern
Black Tern
Arctic tern
Little Owl
Short-eared Owl
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Hooded Crow
Icterine Warbler
Ring Ouzel
Tree Sparrow
Yellow Wagtail
Tree Pipit
Rock Pipit
Water Pipit
Crossbill
Lapland Bunting
Yellowhammer
Ortolan Bunting