Thursday, 25 August 2011

Cosmeston 25th Aug

1 juv male Redstart in hedgerow on high ground behind dragonfly pond, plus 3 Common Whitethroat, c.20 Sand Martin over W lake, juv Swallows sitting on wires by the farm opposite the park, the usual Green 'Pecker calling.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Lavernock WT reserve

V quiet bird-wise but lots of Devil's Bit Scabious in flower:

Also snapped this fem Common Blue:

Lavernock Point

Quiet mid morning with few migrants in the bushes/hedgerows: Common Whitethroat (4), Lesser Whitethroat (1), Blackcap (4 all males), Willow Wbr. (2), Buzzard (1) & Swallow (c25).
Migrant Hawker & Small Copper were the non-bird highlights.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Lavernock Point

Mid morning at the point: Common Whitethroat (23), Blackcap (6), Garden Wbr. (2), Buzzard (2), Sparrowhawk (1f), Willow Wbr. (3) & Chiffchaff (1). Small movement of swallows c75.
Also MM walking the hedgerows!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Cosmeston 17th Aug

There are now 16 Tufted Duck [8 W lake, 8 E lake]. Two pairs of Little Grebe have fully grown young, 1 pr with 1 and another pr with 2. 1 Heron present W lake trees. Small nos. of Common Darter by boardwalk.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Lavernock Point

Aug: 15th & 16th
Green Woodpecker (1), Redstart (2, both days), Lesser Whitethroat (2), Common Whitethroat (4 & 11), Blackcap (1 & 5), Garden Wbr. (1), Willow Wbr. (6 & 3), Chiffchaff (2) + small number of swallows moving south.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Cosmeston Sat 13th

late news for Sat 13th:
the GBC monthly walk on Sat 13th was well attended and a young autistic lad, James Cummins, who we agreed to make a member after being contacted by the children's charity Follow Your Dreams, had a great time and I was pleased to be able to show him 'scope views of perched Buzzard, Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker and Kingfisher [he'd never seen any of these before]. The charity will be publishing an article in the Penarth Times and the Echo. It was well worth the effort to hear the excitement in his voice. The above link will take you to the write up on the Charity's blog with some photos.
Here he is below looking at the Kingfisher thro' my 'scope.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Lavernock WT reserve open day

The open day was reasonably successful with each guided walk pretty well attended. Blustery wind did not encourage the birds out, but there were several Chiffchaff present including a fairly young juvenile, and also Common Whitethroat. Highlights on the walks I attended were Peregrine and a lone Stock Dove flying over. 12 spp of Butterfly were seen including Purple Hairstreak - unfortunately it was me who spotted this high in an Ash and in my excitement of recognising a Hairstreak sp shouted out White Letter Hairstreak, being the first sp that came in to my head! This got everyone very excited [poss first for the site!]. However after calmer examination it soon became clear that it was a Purple Hairstreak. Here's some pix [not of the Hairstreak :-( ]:

Looking back across the first meadow
Guided walk returning towards the pond

Friday, 12 August 2011


On the coast path between the old pump building and the far end of the first stretch of handrail, from about midday to 13:30, nice collection of migrants : Common Whitethroat c.20, Lesser Whitethroat 4, Blackcap 9 [5f 4m], Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler 10+ of each, Sedge Warbler 1, Common Redstart 3 [1 juv, 1f, 1m). Most of these birds were in the vicinity of an apple tree on the cliff edge just past the end of the handrail section. Made me feel a little better as I seem to have picked up a flu like virus - every muscle aches and feels sore to the touch - doh!
Oh, also a few Holly Blue and a Red Admiral, 1 Sand Martin and a few Swallow moving d/c

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Lavernock Point

Fairly quiet this am. Common Whitethroat (5), Willow Wbr. (5), Chiffchaff (1), Tree Pipit (2), Lesser Whitethroat (1), Jay (1) & small passage of swallows & sand martins.
Cosmeston: Amongst the LBB Gulls were 3 juvs with white darvic rings 9UF, OYF & 4TF.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Cosmeston 8th Aug

c.20 Phyllosc wblrs feeding up this morning. Mostly Chiffies but at least 2 Willow Warbler, in trees by path past Dovecote Field. Also a few Sand Martin over the W lake and 18 Tufted Duck there.

Lavernock 6th Aug

During a quick walk at the WT reserve, disturbed this moth which I think is a Common Carpet, although I did think poss Wood Carpet. Photo prob not good enough to be sure.
Also snapped this Red-tailed Bumble Bee on Knapweed.

and a Small Skipper: