Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Lavernock Point

News for 25/10. Not much movement with the wind turning SSW and clearing.
Migrants: Chiffchaff (1), Blackcap (1) & Swallow (2). Passerine migration: Crossbill (1), Siskin (4), Linnet (40), Chaffinch (25), Goldfinch (40) & Sky Lark (10).
Leps: Red Admiral & Speckled Wood

Monday, 24 October 2011

Lavernock LNR

a.m. not much in the way of vis mig this morning apart from 13 Crossbill flying over and a few Chaffinch. Large [c.300] flock of Starling wheeling around and an ad Peregrine hunting. 2 flocks of c.10 Long-t Tit and a Green 'Pecker.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Cosmeston, late morning

Highlights - 3 Redpoll flew into trees by the cafe, 1 2ndyr Med Gull on E lake, 300 Black-headed Gulls - a good count for the site, and an amazing 9 Common Gulls - usually only 1 or maybe 2 on odd occasions in the winter.

Saturday, 22 October 2011


80 Canada Geese on E lake this morning. Also a Swallow thro' and  GS Woodpecker flew over the mian bridge. Red Admirals still about. O/w pretty quiet.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Lavernock LNR/ Lav Church

10 Bullfinch was a good count, plus male Spawk, 2 Jay, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Green 'Pecker, 1 Raven over.
By the church, no sight or sound of the YBW, but there had been a lot of disturbance yesterday [strimming inside and outside the churchyard]. 4 Coll Dove there plus 2 Goldcrest, 30 Goldfinch, and a pair of Wrens with the male displaying.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Lavernock Point

The wind being WNW and clear there wasn't too much moving, however Crossbill (3, >N) & Redpoll (2) were bonus birds. Chiffchaff (1) & Swallow (2) were the only summer migrants. Not much else: Goldcrest (5), Coal Tit (1) & Jay (2).
Late news for 15th at Lavernock from GNS: Wood Lark & Hawfinch.
Note: I see the farmer has now mulched the big field and others inland, so ploughing will follow hopefully - which usually means birds dropping in whilst on passage to feed.

Monday, 17 October 2011


I undertand from the Cosmeston rangers that they have now installed an artifical Otter holt on the W lake island, which has been used. See the info at the VoG web site. [the URL beneath this link has been abreviated]. This link will take you away from here.


No sign of the YBW at Lavernock Church this morning but conditions not conducive - v strong SW battering the trees. However 5 Dark-bellied Brent went d/c and I had 2 Crossbill flying over and light passage of Swallows including a few House Martin.
At Cosmeston 8 Pochard and a pair of Shoveler on W lake plus the usual 40 or so Tufted Duck. Jeff Curtis et al also had a Peregrine earlier.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Lavernock Pt

Great find this morning by my fellow Penarthian, Matt Meehan - a Yellow-browed Warbler around the garden of Church House, next to the car park at Lavernock Point. Seems to prefer the large Sycamore in the garden, viewable from the church yard.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Lavernock Point

Met up with Graham Smith & Matt Meehan. All had an excellent morning with a lot of visible migration, mostly overhead. Goldfinch: GNS states at least 4000+ over Swanbridge/LNR & Point. Good numbers of Chaffinch, Linnet, Greenfinch, Meadow Pipit & Sky Lark. Swallow passage c100. Raptors: Merlin (2), Peregrine, Sparrowhawk & Buzzard. Three Golden Plover f/o >E, also Redpoll (2), Crossbill (12), Redwing (c400), Whinchat (2) & GS pecker.
GNS had a ringtail Harrier spp near Swanbridge early morning. Bouyant flight with angular wingbeats. Unfortunately it flew directly away from him inland - keep an eye-out, DCP reported a juv Pallid Harrier ealier this month in the Vale!!
NOTE: Lavernock Point is good in autumn when there is S, SE, E or NE drift with cloud, less so with W or SW (unless windy, then seawatching is good). N or NW are usually less productive.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Lavernock Point & fields

met Matt Meehan just as he was leaving. He reported an Arctic Skua taking a short cut across the big field in the mist. Also lots of Mipits there. Whilst chatting we had a flock of 30 Redpoll in the sycamore by Church House with a couple of Siskin. I then saw 8 Siskin later. Also during my walk approx 100 each of Chaffinch, Goldfinch, and Linnet and many more finches moving high overhead, 8 Chiffchaff, 27 Sky Lark flew over in 4 small groups, 2 Goldcrest. Steady passge of Swallows up channel.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


v quiet on E lake due to windsurfers and a noisy group of kayakers. nothing much elsewhere either - 4 Mistle Thrush, 10 Goldfinch, a few Swallow passing thro' and about 6 Migrant Hawker and a Common Darter by the  main boardwalk.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Lavernock Point

A very autumnal walk around the point and fields. There was a small passage of hirundines: House Martins (c80) & Swallow (c100). Good numbers of finches, Linnet (280, mostly in the top fields), Chaffinch (100), Goldfinch (60), Greenfinch (45), Redpoll (2) & Siskin (2). Meadow Pipit (25), Goldcrest (4), Chiffchaff (4) and a male Sparrowhawk. The highlight however was a Woodcock flying towards the point from the top fields (past the black silage bags). The last one there, according to the archive, was 1978.
Red Admiral & Speckled Wood of note.

Lavernock 10th Oct

past history but for info, 10 Common Scoter went down channel yesterday morning at Lavernock Pt. Also light passage of Swallows. Also unusual was a single Mute Swan offshore.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Cosmeston a.m. 9th Oct

Per Wayne Strong - 3rdW Med Gull at 09:15 a.m. - the first one here for ages - nice one Wayne. Couldn't find it at 11:30 but conditions not conducive - blowing a hoolie and horizontal rain!

Correction - 2nd W [as per Wayne's post on GBC]. My text said 3rd W - damn you predictive text??

Saturday, 8 October 2011


GBC monthly walk this morning was pretty quiet, but the Kes was being harried by Jackdaws again, and a Merlin shot through. Also 2 Sprawks and 3 Buzzard seen.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Cosmeston a.m. 7th Oct

5 jays seen, 4 Mistle Thrush, Kestrel being given a very hard time by the Jackdaws & Crows, 40 Tufted Duck, 6 GCG and 2 Little Grebe. The Buzzard was sat on a post by the large paddock until it was flushed by a walker. managed to track it and get a few shots off:
and here's a record shot of the Kes and its persecutors:

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Cosmeston a.m.

A mixed flock of Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin over W lake when I arrived, feeding frantically and comprising around 300+  birds. Jays getting more noticeable now, collecting food - 2 this morning. Also 50 Canada Geese on E lake with 1 Greylag. A male Sprawk appeared and was intent on having a hirundine but was chased off by a Black-headed Gull.