Monday, 17 December 2018

Cosmeston

Had Christmas lunch at the cafe with my walk/coffee buddies and very nice it was, at just £11.99 for three courses.
The Scaup was still present on E lake and my friend Annie Irving saw the Hawfinch again, that she found yesterday in trees near the dragonfly pond.
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Friday, 14 December 2018

Cosmeston

From Cosmeston this morning. The drake Scaup found by Graham Smith yesterday was on E lake with all the Tufties. A fem Goldeneye was in the middle of W lake, too distant for a decent photo. A couple of fem Reed Buntings were feeding next to the main boardwalk, and a flock of Goldfinch were feeding in Alder by the car park. One managed to get a beak full of whole Alder cone!

 

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Cosmeston

VERY wet walk this morning. The only birds of note were a Common Snipe which flushed from the fenced in 'snipe paddock', and c.30 Fieldfare which flew out from the canopy of Cogan Wood.

2 days ago there were 2 Heron, a Kingfisher seen briefly along the edge of E. lake from the main bridge, and a sprinkling of Redwing around the park.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Cosmeston

8 Teal, 3 Pochard and 3 Shoveler on W lake. No show by Bittern and thrushes pretty low profile - poss due to the strong easterly.

PS Annie Irving GBC club member had a ringtail [i.e. fem or imm] Hen Harrier fly over W paddock at 1:38, heading towards Lavernock, a good record for the site.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Cosmeston

Of wildfowl interest, there were 16 Teal, a pair of Wigeon and a pair of Teal on W lake this morning. The huge number of Canadas were still present. Not so much thrush activity today although it as quite gusty.
Of great interest tho' was that 30 minutes after I had left, my friend Graham Smith came upon an Isabelline Shrike by the kissing gate that gives access to W. paddock! He managed to get some photos and then it vanished into thin air! I and quite a few others searched various locations until dusk with no luck. It is an eastern species which breeds in central Asia. There have been 27 accepted records to date, in Britain & Ireland.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Cosmeston

First thing I noticed is that E. lake appears to have acquired the entire Canada Goose population of E Glam - I counted 280!

There were at least 100 Redwing around the park this morning, mainly in the trees around the bird table and the W. paddock hedgerow and the edge of Cogan Wood by the dragonfly pond. Also 30+ Fieldfare mainly in the latter location, plus 10+ Blackbird and a few Song Thrushes, all feeding on hawthorn. There were 2 Reed Bunts in the W paddock hedge and a Snipe flushed from the boggy area by the sunken copse behind the dragonfly pond. Around the 'T' junction of the path from the boardwalk and mile road [central path] there was a feeding flock mainly consisting of Long-t Tits [c.15], plus Gt Tit, Blue Tit and Coal Tit, plus 2 Nuthatch, a Treecreeper and a few Chaffinch. No sign of the Bittern but the rangers were doing some work behind the RH end of the W lake reed bed using a rotary cultivator. Tufties number about 50, 4 GCG, 1 Little Grebe and a Green 'Pecker in W paddock. Finally, a Water Rail ran under the main boardwalk as I was walking back.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Cosmeston

A very elusive Ring Ouzel has been present for a few days but is v difficult to find around the long hedge of W paddock. I've seen it once briefly in flight. Also the recently arrived Bittern in W lake reeds is not being very obliging. 5 Shoveler were present on W lake 2 days ago, and yesterday there were around 30 Redwing feeding at the far muddy end of E paddock.