Sunday, 19 August 2018

Cosmeston Sat 18th Aug

Couple of photos of a Spotted Flycatcher at Cosmeston yesterday morning, in bushes on the edge of the small field 50m to the left of the Med Village entrance. Also an obliging male Pied Wag on the decking at the back of the cafe and a juv LBB Gull ringed on Flat Holm this year. There were also c.30 Sand Martins over W lake, a few House Martins and Swallows again.



Friday, 17 August 2018

Cosmeston

A Kingfisher flew along the far shore of E lake this morning. There were c.20 Sand Martins and a House Martin over W lake and plenty of Swallows around.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Cosmeston a.m.

There were 2 Grey Herons on W lake this morning - 1 imm and 1 ad. At the far LH end of W paddock there were a good number of Willow Warblers feeding in the tree boundary, plus a fem or imm Common Whitethroat and a fem Blackcap. There was another fem Blackcap in the trees along Sully Brook by the lower dovecote field, and more Willow Warblers in the trees by the small wooden bridge there. An un-ID'd pipit flew up from the long grass in that field too.
Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Cosmeston

Was pleased this morning to see that the Little Grebe chicks I saw about a week ago are still OK. Haven’t seen them for a while and thought they might have been predated. There were 2 imm Grey Herons present, 1 on W lake and 1 at the dragonfly pond [see photo]. At the near end of the long sloping narrow meadow that follows Sully Brook [just after the small wooden bridge below the dovecote field] there were about 10 Willow Warblers in a feeding flock with some Blue Tits.
Ad Little Grebe and chick

imm Grey Heron

Willow Warbler

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Cosmeston a.m.

Some cropped shots of a Spotted Flycatcher behind the dragonfly pond at Cossie this morning - big thx to Annie Irving for the heads up. A crow did spook it off but when I was at the bench seat afterwards I'm pretty sure it came back again. The penultimate shot is just before it coughed up a pellet. The final pic shows the pellet just before ejection but it's a bit blurred. Didn't have the cam on motor drive so missed the final event!







Monday, 6 August 2018

Cosmeston a.m.

There was a 3rd cal yr Yellow-legged Gull on E lake this morning - see photo. Graham Smith had a Spot Fly and Garden Warbler near the N entrance to Cogan Wood but I couldn't find them, although a pr of Bullfinch were feeding on blackberries there. Also the Med Village/dipping pond boardwalk is now fenced off due to work commencing to create an education area and new pond. See photo of plan which has been pinned upon the fencing. In the plan the carpark end is at the top.


Monday, 23 July 2018

Cosmeston

Kingfisher showed briefly this morning, perched in the overhanging tree on W lake opp the bridge for a short while. 2 Jays were foraging by the Mile Road, and 2 Water Voles showed well at the dipping pond. I was disappointed, but perhaps not entirely surprised, to be told that yesterday a couple of adults allowed their kids to climb on the new nature carving so they could take photos. Personally I think there shd at least be a keep off sign although I expect that would have no effect whatsoever. The best deterrent would be a circular metal fence with outwardly facing spikes at the top.