Friday, 6 July 2018

Cosmeston - last 2 days

The Water Vole was showing nicely yesterday and today mornings, and there was a sub ad Little Grebe in W lake bay this morning. 

Tuesday, 3 July 2018


Today there were 9 Black-headed Gulls on W lake posts including 2 of this years juvs. The Canada Goose pair have lost 1 of their 3 goslings but the remaining 2 are quite large now. Silver ‘Y’ moths seen this a.m. plus Comma. 2 Days ago there were 20 or so each of House and Sand Martin feeding over the upper dovecote field, plus a few Swift. Here’s a few recent photos - the un-captioned dragons are all 4-Spot Chasers:

Emperor ovipositing

The adult seems to have caught a damselfly


Saturday, 30 June 2018


Just for good measure here's another photo of this morning's Cuckoo in a slightly different pose.


Surprise this morning was a nice Cuckoo on the fence posts of the 'snipe paddock'. Took lots of shots as I tried to carefully stalk it using the opposite hedge as something to creep along close to without breaking the sky line. This is the best of the shots I got when I was as close as I dared without flushing it. It's still quite a crop as you can see compared to the original below it. Also present a fem Mallard with 8 very small ducklings on W lake and 7 Black-headed Gulls, the first since the winter. An ad Grey Heron was in a tree by the main bridge.

Thursday, 28 June 2018


A number of 6-Spot Burnets on the wing in the Sully Brook meadow this morning, and a fem Beautiful Demoiselle by the dovecote filed kissing gate.
6-Spot Burnet moth

Beautiful Demoiselle female

Wednesday, 27 June 2018


Pretty quiet this morning as it's too hot. Did see one of the Kingfisher pair from the main bridge, on the dead tree by the E lake shore, plus the pair of GC Grebes with 2 now pretty advanced young. Emperor dragonflies were ovipositing in the dipping pond and I had a Comma on the main path in Cogan Wood. Several Swift flew over the meadow by Sully Brook accompanied by a few Swallows.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018


Interesting little moth I found recently, both in E paddock and W paddock. It's a micro moth, called Pyrausta purpuralis. It has no common or vernacular name, but is closely related to the Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata. Its small size can be seen compared to the single clover flower head it is resting on.