Thursday, 14 February 2019

Cosmeston

2 drake Pintail on W lake this morning were unusual for the site. Also present on W lake, a pair of Shoveler and 3 pairs of Gadwall. Yesterday there were 3 Teal [2m, 1f]. Also yesterday a pair of Buzzards were circling together over E lake and a large fem Sparrowhawk flew across W paddock.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Cosmeston

30+ Redwing and a Mistle Thrush in W paddock this a.m. and a Med Gull on W lake.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Cosmeston

There was a nice surprise this morning when I saw a drake Goosander on W lake - first one I've seen here for ages. It seemed to be only a brief visitor as it had apparently departed after I had done my circuit and came back down the mile road. There were c.20 Redwing in W paddock as I walked through. Also a Grey Wagtail flew along Sully Brook by the Medieval Village - again a species I haven't seen at the park for a while.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Cosmeston

There was an Ad winter Med Gull on the W lake posts this morning until all the gulls there flushed. Many came back but it wasn't with them. Assume it was out in the middle of W lake with lots of other gulls - mainly Black-headed.
I heard a Gt Spotted Woodpecker drumming a couple of times in the edge of Cogan Wood near the dragonfly pond, and a Green Woodpecker was calling somewhere.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Cosmeston

An overwintering Chiffchaff was in trees & bushes along the concrete path past the Medieval Village this morning. Pochard number around 22 and Tufties c.100 the vast majority of which are males.

Thought the following looked like an Owl hiding in a tree!

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Cosmeston

Cosmeston. 1 redpoll briefly in alder nr cafe. 2 Gt Spotted Woodpeckers arguing in a tree by the mile road/boardwalk path 'T' junction.  prob Jack Snipe flushed low & short from hollow nr dragonfly pond 1 water rail and 2 common snipe in snipe paddock. Also present, a bird I saw yesterday, that was present again this morning, a very smart Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid. Also a pair of the GC Grebes think spring is on the way!




Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Cosmeston

A very smart Pochard x Tufted duck drake hybrid was in the bay at the RH end of W lake this morning. The only other thing of note was a Green Woodpecker in W paddock which flew into an adjacent tree, and another was heard calling.