Wednesday, 11 December 2019


I'm in the process of migrating this blog over to Wordpress, where I've created a site which includes all the Cosmeston info here, but is intended to be also about my birding and travels in general.
Here's a link:
Ultimately I will close this blog. I exported all the existing posts but on import into Wordpress random ones went missing, but most are there as an archive.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Cogan Wood. E lake

No sign of Marsh Tit in Cogan Wood this morning [seen in the last couple of days by Annie Irving and Tate Lloyd], but plenty of Great and Blue Tits coming to the tree stump on the right as you go down the path from the southern entrance to the wood. Also Coal Tit there too. By the dragon tree there were 2 Jays and a Nuthatch, and near the aforesaid stump a Treecreeper. I must have seen at least 10 squirrels along the woodland path and around 20 in total in my walk. Also 2 rats at the dragon tree.
On E lake in the SW corner there were 50 Tufted Duck of which just 5 were fems, plus 1 Pochard and 2 pairs of Gadwall. 2 Little Grebe near the cafe.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

Highlights from Cosmeston this morning. W lake had an adult winter Med Gull, 2 prs of Gadwall, 1 drake Pochard I could see, 1 Little Grebe 2 GC Grebe and the usual Tufties. Near dragonfly pond - 1 Gt Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Fieldfare.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

A Sparrowhawk landed in a tree in the snipe paddock then flew off. Had a nice Song Thrush perched up in E paddock and [unusually] a lone Goldfinch feeding on a teasel. A kingfisher was briefly at the dragonfly pond but there was a thin covering of ice so it left.


Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

A female Great Spotted Woodpecker was in trees at the very far end of W paddock, and 2 Mistle Thrush flushed off the ground near the kissing gate at the west lake end. Then in E paddock these two plus another Missile Thrush were feeding on the ground, with a Green Woodpecker doing likewise.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Lavernock WT reserve

Decided to walk in some different mud this morning! ..... the reserve is completely waterlogged - paths v v muddy and slippery. Nevertheless lots of Redwing there. c.150 in the second 'paddock' bursting out of every tree, and about 200 in Rowlands Well Field [behind the caravan park] where they were feeding on the ground amongst stubble and weeds. Also around 10 Fieldfare seen.

Thursday, 21 November 2019


Yesterday there were 2 Mistle Thrush Jon W paddock. Today on W lake, 3 Pochard, 2 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall and 5 Shoveler, 1 Heron on the posts and 2 Little Grebes in the bay there. 1 Green Woodpecker in E paddock and c50 Goldfinch feeding in alders at the RH end of E lake.