Tuesday, 11 June 2019


Very windy this morning so no birds of note, but walking through W paddock I discovered another area of Bee Orchids, about 50 in all, approx 20ft in front eh gap through the hedge. It's a very good year for Bee Orchids.

Monday, 3 June 2019


Nicer day today so more insects on the wing. Quite a few Blue-tailed Damselflys along the mile road, a Burnet Companion moth [my first ever], Common Blue Damselfly, and a White Ermine moth. Also found 12 spikes of Bee Orchid in W paddock.

Sunday, 2 June 2019


Dampness this morning brought out the molluscs. Finally found a lone Greater Butterfly Orchid. The 5 Canada goslings seem to be doing well, but the Mute Swan pair seem to have lost 4 of their 5 cygnets.

Saturday, 1 June 2019


Cosmeston absolutely heaving with people today. The large filming base and huge marquee as part of it taking up half the car park didn't help. Not much bird activity but floral interest. My first Pyramidal Orchid seen in flower near E paddock, lots of Pale Flax [much more than in the last few years], daisies, Scarlet Pimpernel. Common Blue Damselfly. Lastly the sad sight of a morbid adult Mute Swan in the W lake bay. Reported to the rangers. Its position in the water looked odd with the head just sagging in the water and the brown stain all down its neck. Ranger was going to check for foul play.
Pyramidal Orchid

Oxeye Daisy
Pale Flax

Scarlet Pimpernel

Common Blue Damselfly

Pale Flax flower

the Morbid Mute Swan

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

A few pix taken this morning, walking the dog. Examples of the Bee Orchids in E Paddock and a Common Spotted Orchid, colony of Tree [Bumble] Bees [on an Ivy covered post on mile road],  a worn fem Commnon Blue butterfly in W paddock, and mum Canada goose with 5 bundles of fluff. For info, the Tree Bumblebees {Bombus hypnorum} are apparently a recent [since 2001] colonist in the UK.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019


In the drizzle this morning, counted 24 flower spikes of Bee Orchid in East Paddock Cosmeston. They seem a bit earlier than usual - the Common Spotteds are only just coming out. Bird wise pretty quiet. Couple of Reed Warblers singing in E lake reeds and Blackcaps still singing everywhere. Did see a Song Thrush carrying food and a Robin so they've bred somewhere behind W lake. Also somewhat unusually a Shelduck dropped in on E lake.

Monday, 27 May 2019


Yesterday the Mute Swan pair had moved from the small pool by the cafe, right over to W lake.