Wednesday, 19 December 2012


pretty dismal this morning. The only 'newcomers' were 3 Gadwall on W lake.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Cosmeston a.m.

so so cold - too cold for me for a long visit, so just a circuit of E lake and down the central path!
Just 22 Mute Swan and the Black Swan still present. c.400 Tufted Duck, 37 Pochard [17 E lake 20 W lake], 9 Teal E lake, 1 drake Shoveler E lake, 4 Gc Grebe & 1 Little Grebe. Hands frozen so I left!

Monday, 10 December 2012


There's a pretty confiding Robin around along the central path at the mo.

Sunday, 25 November 2012


A Kumliens type Iceland Gull was seen briefly on E lake yesterday by Glamorgan Bird Club gull guru Dave Rich. Sadly it had gone by the time I got down there after he'd 'phoned me. Keep yr eyes peeled though. For non gull buffs, you're looking for a biggish gull, about the size of a Lesser Black-back, with v pale grey upper parts and upper wings, and v pale wing tips [i.e. no black as in Herring Gull] but some pale grey marks on the tips of the primaries, the same shade as the mantle. Will look v ghostly in flight.

Friday, 23 November 2012


3 fem type Scaup on E lake this morning [offshore near the bird table area]. 16 Pochard is an increase on recent numbers.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Lavernock Point

Good passage of Redwings c300 with a few Fieldfares. Raptors were Sparrowhawk, Kestrel & Buzzard [2]. Not many finches moving, a single Sky Lark & 3 Meadow Pipits. Best was a Swallow  over the top stubble field and a Chiffchaff with two Goldcrests along the coastal path hedgerow.

Saturday, 10 November 2012


The Glamorgan Bird Club monthly walk this morning - 8 participants. Highlights were around 20 Redwing by the feeder table with a Fieldfare in with them, GS 'Pecker and Green 'Pecker in flight, mixed tit flock with L-t Tits and Goldcrest, 3 Snipe. Water Rail showed briefly by the boardwalk. Also a Black Swan present.

Thursday, 8 November 2012


This morning. LBB Gull with green Darvic ring right leg P:Z. 190 Tufted Duck in total now. Only 1 drake Pochard seen. Common Gull still present on the posts. Around 20-30 Redwing on Hawthorn by the bird feeding table. Also 1 large fem Sprawk flew from the snipe 'enclosure' and 1 Snipe sitting in the open there. This Sat - GBC guided walk at 09:30 from the cafe.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


late news from Sun - 1 Common Gull on the W lake posts was the first of this autumn/winter.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Lavernock Point & LNR

Highlights at the point, Hawfinch (1, south), Lesser Redpoll (5, north), Swallow (1 over top stubble field), Common Crossbill (4, west over LNR), Stock Dove (7 on LNR). Also Redwing (c200), Mistle Thrush (4), Song Thrush (16), Wood Pigeon (c400), Buzzard (3 point, 1 LNR), Sparrowhawk (2), Jay (1), Blackcap (1m), LT Tit (13) & Blackbird (c30 + many more noticed in Penarth).

Sunday, 4 November 2012


just back from a week away. c.120 Tufted Duck on W lake and c.10 Pochard. Also 1 Wigeon. A few Redwing also evident.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Lavernock Point

Pretty quiet with a fresh westerly blowing. A Buzzard & Sparrowhawk, a few redwings (c60) in the bushes and two brambling in with small flock of chaffinches. A flock of goldfinches feeding in the top fields, a single meadow pipit over and a few blackbirds in the hedgerows, along with the usual corvids. 

Saturday, 27 October 2012


late morning: highlight was 2 white-rumped birds sitting next to each other in a tree 100m beyond the dragonfly pond - male Bullfinch and male Bramnbling. Nice. Also a few Redwing there and a Mistle Thrush.
A few winter wildfowl: 5 Gadwall on E lake [3m 2f] were new arrivals; 8 Pochard, 1 Teal [f[ and c.40 Tufted Duck on W lake.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Lavernock Point & LNR

The highlight was a Firecrest (top stubble field hedgerow) in with mixed flock. Viz-mig was good with Goldfinch & Chaffinch being the most numerous. Also Lesser Redpoll, Brambling, Sky Lark & Linnet. Good numbers of Wood Pigeon & Goldcrests there too. House Martin was the only hirundine. Peregrine over cliffs. 26 Lapwing >NE was unusual for site. [JDW, PB & DRWG] Lep: Red Admiral

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Lavernock LNR & Cosmeston

both late morning. Small groups of Redwing dropping in to the Lavernock reserve, also plenty of finch movement incl a couple of Brambling and Redpoll, c.1000 Wood Pigeon in nearby stubble fields, and similar no. of Corvids in the coastal fields, mostly Jackdaw. Also a few Swallow over. Quick check of E lake at Cossie but no Lsr Scaup. Colour-ringed Black-headed Gull yellow with black lettering AEC5 appears to be a German ringed bird.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012


10 Pochard this afternoon, 8 on E lake and 2 on W lake. Couple of Swallow over. o/w pretty quiet.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


unusual sight this morning was a Treecreeper in Cogan Wood feeding like a Blue Tit, by hanging upside down by it's feet on thin twigs and picking what were presumably insects off the foliage. Also found the LTT/Goldcrest/Blue Tit flock again but couldn't find a YBW with them.

Saturday, 13 October 2012


Highlights of the Glamorgan Bird Club monthly walk this morning [8 participants] were fem Bullfinch [not seen one for a while here], nice scoped up views of 3 Snipe sitting in the 'snipe paddock' and a late Wheatear on one of the medieval village  buildings and also a Grey Wagtail in the ditch there.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Cosmeston Yellow-browed Warbler

Jeff Curtis found a Yellow-Browed Warbler with a feeding flock, at 11:30 this morning along the central path between the two viewing points. On getting the message, I got there at about 12:00 and fairly soon had a brief view. It was feeding in the Sycamores with about 8 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, Blue Tits and Great Tits. The flock slowly moved up & down the path, and ended up just beyond the far side of the bridge. Matthew Meehan turned up and he heard it call once, near the bridge. We then left as it started to pour with rain, although Gareth Stamp was still there.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Lavernock LNR and point & coast path

This a.m.
LNR - quite a few Redwing arriving and dropping into cover at the top part of the reserve. 3 Jay, Green 'Pecker, Sprawk and Goldcrest.
Point and coast path. 2 Goldcrest in Sycamore by Church House but nothing exciting with them. 12 Skylark in the big stubble field, 100 Linnet in the paddock by the big house, and continuous noise from sev. 100 Corvids, mostly Jackdaw. Also Jay and male Sprawk.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012


2 Teal on W lake this morning were the first of the autumn. A Kingfisher showed for the first time in ages between the main bridge and the hide. Around 20 Swallow over the lakes. Jeff Curtis had 2 Chiffies by the first viewpoint.

Saturday, 6 October 2012


V short walk at Cossie this morning. 48 Tufted Duck on W lake - numbers increasing. 24 Kayakers on E lake meant that the birds, incl gulls, were few.
Interesting to see that the boat washing facility now has a spray head and can be used. I hope it is - we do not want killer shrimps or zebra mussels!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Lavernock - LNR and coast

Lavernock LNR - c.100 Goldfinch, 3 Jay, Chiffchaff & Blackcap m
Lavernock Pt, church and coast path - Chiffchaff by church, Blackcap m by old horse paddock and 8 Sky Lark over. Steady trickle of hirundines, mostly House Martin.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Lavernock coast path

continuous light passage of Swallows and some House Martin 2 Blackcap [m+f], and the big stubble field to the E had 2-300 Black-headed Gulls, 100 Herring Gull and innumerable Crow and Jackdaw. Not many finches yet except 20 Goldfinch. Also 1 Jay and 1 GS 'Pecker.

Monday, 1 October 2012


Steady continuous passage of Swallows this morning, plus a Chiffchaff by Sully Brook, Jays collecting acorns, a few Sand Martin over W lake, and Migrant Hawker on the wing.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Lavernock Point

Excellent passage of hirundines with over 1000 each of house martin & swallows. Bushes very quiet with a few finches, mainly Chaffinch and Linnet & 2 Chiffchaffs. About 100 Meadow Pipits and 20+ Sky Larks in the stubble fields. Buzzard & Sparrowhawk over.
Leps: Red Admiral (4) & Small White (10).
Migrant Hawker (2) & Common Darter (2, in tandem)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012


13 Mistle Thrush nr the dragonfly pond and 1 Wheatear too. A few Sand Martin over W lake. V boggy anywhere off the paths!

Monday, 24 September 2012


Back after a very pleasant week in N. Devon. 3 Teal were on W lake this morning. Around 20 ea of House and Sand Martin feeding over the water. 3 Green 'Peckers and a couple of Jays were not unexpected. A Chiffchaff was just beyond the dragonfly pond.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Lavernock, 10.00am-12.45pm

1st stubble field on right on Fort Rd before LWTR, 10.00-10.30am: Meadow Pipit (75, many in field before setting off), Skylark (4), Linnet (81), Swallow (50), House Martin (1), Sand Martin (2), Goldfinch (8), Reed Bunting (1) all vismig;
present: Buzzard (2), Sparrowhawk (1 m.), Raven (1), Jay (2), Chiffchaff (2).

Lavernock Point, 10.30am-12.45pm, vismig: Meadow Pipit (128), Swallow (403), House Martin (81), Sand Martin (12), Chaffinch (8), Goldfinch (91), Siskin (2), Skylark (7), Reed Bunting (2), Linnet (15);
present: Goldcrest (1), Chiffchaff (6), Blackcap (6), Jackdaw (175), Coal Tit (2), Buzzard (2), Raven (1), Green Woodpecker (1).


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Lavernock Point

A nice walk around the point this am was very pleasant indeed. Lots of hirundines moving, with c800 swallows and c650 house martins and a max of 10 sand martins. A large number of mixed corvids were feeding in the stubble fields including a single rook, in with these were a few sky larks and meadow pipits. Very quiet in the bushes however with just a single common whitethroat & blackcap, 3 chiffchaffs and the highlight a grasshopper warbler in the second stubble field. A few goldfinches overhead.
Leps: Red Admiral (1) with large and small white.

Thursday, 13 September 2012


Not much on the bird front apart from a few Chiffchaff and mixed hirundines flying over. Also 1 Peregrine v high.  However thanks to the sharp eyes of walking companion Brian the young fox below was seen from within Cogan Wood, looking out to the fields behind. Hand held 400mm, no light so some shake and hence heavy sharpening of cropped image.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Lavernock LNR

No bird activity to speak of. Main floral colours were from Common Fleabane, Knapweed & Scabious.     A lot of Siver Y moths and Speckled Woods on the wing.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012


1 Spotted Flycatcher - in hedgerow by the brook beyond the dovecote field, plus Chiffhcaff. W paddock hedgerow - 20 Linnet, 4 Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Chaffinch. 30+ House Martin over high.

Monday, 3 September 2012


1 fem/imm Common Redstart in main hedgerow of W paddock and also 1 Chiffchaff. In addition a rather feeble attempt at song by a Willow Warbler in same hedge. Ad pair of Green Woodpeckers by dragonfly pond [there's been a juv there recently too so I guess they've bred]. 30 Canadas turned up and there are now 25 Tufted duck

Friday, 31 August 2012


Common Whitethroat in W paddock hedge and 1 Spot Fly in the conservation area behind W lake. 3 Jay, 1 juv Green'Pecker

Thursday, 30 August 2012


2 Wheatear on hill behind dragonfly pond, and 1 juv Green 'Pecker. c.30 House Martin high over, c.20 Sand Martin over W lake.
Nice to see they have cleared all the scrub around the Medieval dovecote:

Also a few butterflies around in the sun:
And Rudd in the lake:

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Lavernock Point

Quiet midday walk produced more butterflies than birds. Birdwise: Common Whitethroat (2), Blackcap (1), Sparrowhawk (1) & Kestrel (1)
Butterflies: Comma (2), Speckled Wood (c30), Common Blue (1), Gatekeeper (3) & Small White (2)
Moths: Little Emerald, Garden Carpet, Rhomboid Tortrix & Argyresthia spinosella (a micro-moth)
Dark Bush Cricket (1)

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Lavernock Pt & coast path

Pretty hard work to find anything but did manage 3 Common Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 imm Pheasant, & light passage of Swallows.

Sunday, 5 August 2012


4 Tufties W lake. Looks like the pair of Gt Crested Grebes are already down to just 1 chick [from 3]. Apart form the pair of Mute Swan with 4 young, only 11 others, poss the lowest number I have seen here. There were  a few imm House Martins the other day and a couple of Swift.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Lavernock Point

Very quiet this morning around the point, singles of Whitethroat & Blackcap and 12 Greenfinches flying over. Cosmeston was just the same, just 6 Tufted Duck on west lake being the highlight. Few Swift over the Bay.

Friday, 27 July 2012


Pr Ad GCGs with 3 tiny chicks in middle of W lake. Pr ad little Grebes in W lake 'bay' - no sign of any breeding attempt. A few Swift and Swallow swooping down to W lake to drink.
To my surprise the boat washing facility that was built in Jan and is yet to be used, is fully functional. Although put there to stop the spread of inter alia, Zebra Mussels, it is apparently up to the water users to decide whether they use it or not. The cones and plastic barrier at the open end of the facility don't exactly encourage its use.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012


Despite my concerns the GCGs on W lake have 3 chicks. Watched them being fed amongst the Water Bistort and on the ads back this morning. 1000's of Rudd surface basking by the boardwalk outside the cafe. o/w bird wise vv quiet. In an hrs walk did not hear a single vocalisation apart from Wood Pigeons. Hardly saw anything either. Hoards of potential human lobsters tho'!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012


Quiet and dismal :-( Only things of note were a few Swift over W lake battling against the wind and mizzle. The GCG is still sitting tight on the nest. No evidence of chick movement for several days so I wonder if they have chilled & died.

Saturday, 14 July 2012


Quiet, of note 2 Gloucestershire-ringed Lesser Black-backed Gulls and ±20 Crossbills flying low NE, all at East Lake entrance.


Friday, 13 July 2012


Finally a little bit of interest this morning. The GCGs on W lake now have poss 3 chick[s] - if all 3 eggs have hatched. Saw one fluffy head poking out from under mum on the nest this morning.
Also 1 Common Sandpiper W lake shore, and a Weasel in the conservation area.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Cosmeston 4th Jul

GCG still incubating on W lake. 1 ad Peregrine flew over S. o/w v quiet.

Saturday, 30 June 2012


The GCGs that had their nest on W lake flooded, have now re-built and from what I could see this morning at a change-over, they are incubating 3 eggs. Also 3 poss 4 herons present incl 2 imm birds. The rangers think they may have bred somewhere in the park. o/w pretty quiet. There's some nice spikes of Yellow Wort in flower now. Butterflies are very very thin on the ground both here and at Lavernock NR.

Monday, 18 June 2012


Some Bee Orchids out in flower now:

These are beyond the dragonfly pond b4 the entrance to Cogan Wood. Also near there a Lesser Whitethroat singing and also Common Whitethroat.

Thursday, 14 June 2012


This pair of GCGs had a nest in the W lake reeds which was flooded out. They then built this floating one anchored in Water Bistort. This pic was yesterday. This morning the nest looked a bit of a mess and it looks as thought they've given up on it.

Monday, 11 June 2012


pretty quiet altho' plenty of Reed Warbler singing. Gt Grested Grebes on W lake have a floating nest in the Water Bistort in the small bay [where peoples dogs often go swimming!]. Mallard with 7 small ducklings.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Lavernock Pt

stark contrast to Sat, dead calm, but a nice long line of c.30 Common Scoter going down channel. Lots of Common Spotted Orchid in flower.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Lavernock Pt sea watch

3 hr seawatch in total with Jake Gilmore 09:00 - 12:00.
Manxie 470, Fulmar 30 [highest count for this site], Gannet 10, Kittiwake 2, Storm-petrel 2, Common Tern 1, GBB Gull 2.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Escaped birds

If you see something that looks exotic at Cosmeston, or in Penarth, the following is the reason: [this is my angry post from Facebook]

Bloody morons >-( Those who know Penarth may know there's an aviary in Alexandra Park which contains, or rather contained, about 100 birds including Zebra Finches, Cockatiels etc. The other night vandals broke in to the park, which is locked at night, broke open the aviary and then scared the birds out using fire extinguishers. About 60 have been lost although they have been seen in the trees in the park but no doubt they will perish. Attempts have been made to capture them but it's v difficult. What is the matter with these brainless towrags - think I've just answered my own question! Anyway beware exotic species turning up anywhere in Penarth & environs.

Monday, 28 May 2012

A couple more from 2day

The dipping pond


Cosmeston 28th May

Quiet on the bird front ecept for all the breeding activity. Quite a few Odonata on the wing today incl Hairy Dragonfly, 4-Spot Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser, and butterflies inclluding 2 male Orange Tips. These nice flowers to brighten up the post pix kept as small display to save space - click images to see larger:
Ragged Robin

Red Campion

Speedwell sp

Dog Rose + nice beetle

Monday, 21 May 2012

Cosmeston tick!

Joy! Got a Cosmeston tick this morning - Otter! Was watching the empty W lake with Jeff Curtis when Jeff says - what's that swimming across ...... [expletive deleted] an Otter. It came to the bank between the second viewpoint and the main bridge, then eventually emerged again and swam across to the island and came out under the tree and disappeared. Magic.
At the end of W paddock:
Latticed Heath moth
and nice pic of a Coot's feet!

and this unusual double Aqualegia [not sure how that got there].

Sunday, 20 May 2012


pretty quiet bird-wise. A good number of Common Spotted Orchid coming in to leaf.

Thursday, 17 May 2012


Pretty quiet. Loads of Blackcap singing and Lesser Whitethroat still in song by the central path adjacent 2/3 way up W paddock.
These bundles of fluff were on W lake shore. Altogether .... aaaaaah :-) Taken with my Olympus Tough compact.

Monday, 14 May 2012


1st visit since getting back from Greece. 2 Shelduck on W lake were unexpected but flew off. Male Wheatear in west paddock. 2 Goldcrest and a Willow Wblr by med village, Lesser Whitethroat singing in hedge at far RH end of W paddock. Good nos. of Reed Wblr in both W and E lake reeds, also Sedgie giving song flight by E lake boardwalk and 2 male Reed Bunt singing there, plus a pair near the cafe.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Lavernock & Cosmeston

Cosmeston: 2 summer plumage Black-necked Grebes on the West Lake [Found by ABv]. Also LBB Gulls white D+B & Blue 3UF.
Lavernock Point: [Fine spell between rain] Whimbrel (2), Peregrine (1), Whinchat (3, all fems), Redstart (1 male), Lesser Whitethroat (4), Common Whitethroat (4), Blackcap (5) & Spotted Flycatcher (1)

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Lavernock Point

Morning walk around the point produced Blackcap (9, 7m & 2f), Chiffchaff (3), Common Whitethroat (7), Swallow (30+), Swift (10) & Lesser Whitethroat (2).

Saturday, 21 April 2012


2 Shelduck on W lake were unusual. A few Reed Warbler now singing in E lake reeds. Couple of Sand MArtin over E lake [and House Martin earlier per Joek Roex & Steve Howcroft].

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Cosmeston Weds 18th

Lesser Scaup W lake o/w pretty quiet. Most excitement was police helicopter landing on field adj E lake and police divers in the lake. Not sure whether this was practice or 'for real' search.

Monday, 16 April 2012


Thanks to Jeff Curtis for doing the monthly GBC walk on Sat, when a Common Sand was seen on W lake. Today the Lesser Scaup was on W lake due to sailing on E lake. A Willow Warbler was singing at the end of the boardwalk and a good no. of Blackcaps in song. Fem Mallard with 9 chicks on W lake, 2 GCG sitting, but o/w v quiet.

Thursday, 12 April 2012


The Lesser Scaup was pushed on to W lake this a.m. by windsurfers. It was close by the first little feeding area but played peekaboo behond the reeds. There's a Coot nest there and teh attendant male was chasing off all ducks. The odd colour cast on the head in the first pic is a  v out of focus reed!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Cos a.m. again

v v windy and cold. Quite a few more hirundines this morning. c.50 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow and still 2 House Martin. 3 Willow Warbler. 2 Coots nests seen and 1 poss GCG nest in E lake reeds. Ad Heron  by the hide and Lesser Scaup still E lake.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Cosmeston a.m.

at last - all three hirundines present this morning - 2 House Martin, c.20 Sand Martin and 5 Swallows mostly at the N end of E lake. Also Willow Warbler singing by 1st W lake view point, and the drake Lesser Scaup on E lake. V. cold!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Lavernock Pt and coast

c.6 Blackcap singing and a fem, 1 Goldcrest but otherwise deathly quiet - literally - my dog found a dead Fox, prob a vixen in a tangle of bramble. Cause of death not clear. Shame.

Monday, 2 April 2012


A 'kettle' of 8 Buzzards thermalling was a record for me and as far as I can tell, the site. Lesser Scaup in middle of W lake with 23 Tufties, 6 or so Blackcap singing and a few Chiffies. One Sprawk. Still no hirundines! They seem to have given Cos the cold shoulder so far this spring.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Odd chiffchaff

The chiffy below was singing at Cossie this morning. I grabbed a couple of shots as it was just overhead. Having just looked at the pix the untidy feathers around the base of the bill drew my attention. Looking closer it seems to me that the distal end of the upper mandible is missing. If so I wonder how it ever manahged to feed up to get here, unless it has overwintered, but even then how did it feed ... tongue and lower mandible?
Agreed with diagnosis??

Monday, 26 March 2012


Quiet today after the weekends crowds. 1 Chiffy singing but o/w v quiet. Hawthorn bursting in to leaf, a lot of what is prob Hairy Violet in flower, and also Blackthorn.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Lavernock Point

Mid morning walk: Sky Lark (1), Sparrowhawk (1f), Raven (1), Mistle Thrush (2), Chiffchaff (3, two in song), Green Woodpecker (1), Buzzard (1) & Redwing (2). Leps: Peacock (1).
As JDW stated, at least 3 ploughed fields around the point, hopefully they will stubble of some sort by Sept.
Cosmeston: Of note, Chiffchaff (1) - no sand martins, none at Cardiff Bay, Lisvane Res or Roath Park either!
Leps: Brimstone (2).

Wednesday, 21 March 2012


V quiet - easterlies not set in yet. A flock of 9 Bullfinch at the Nature reserve was nice, plus Chiffchaff singing, and 3 prs of Long-t tit along the coastal path. The two fields immed north of the big house have been ploughed up, presumaby 'cos the grass was badly damaged by the fly-grazing that has been taking place recently.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Lavernock - development plans

It was with some alarm that I became aware of VoG council possible development plans concerned with land between Cosmeston and the Lavernock coast. The Vale Council have published some Local Deveopment Plan Proposals, included in which is the possibility of building 450 houses on land which stretches from Lavernock Road right out to the coast path, immediately south of the Lavernock Park and Lower Cosmeston Farm estates, and includes the 'green lane' and associated hedgerows and adjacent fields which run from just opposite Cosmeston up to the coast path, an excellent area for migrant passerines. Here is link to an article in the Penarth Times . If you read this, please follow this link to an online petition opposing this proposal - and sign the petition..
Also below is a link to the VoG web site and the associated consultation documents, including a LDP Proposals Map.The area is labelled MG2 (16) at the extreme RH end of the map [it's an 8MB pdf]. This is the link to the page on the VoG site - . On top of this there is also a proposal for further housing on the right of Lavernock Road about halfway between Cosmeston and the turning for Sully Bay/CaptainsWife and Sully Island.


..........................! i.e. v quiet this morning! Only bird of note was single Redwing near the far entrance to CoganWood.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012


Found a v smart drake Garganey in the W lake bay this morning. A bit distant for good photos in poor light but a couple of cropped record shots below. Also a pair of Pochard re-appeared. Hovis the Whooper and the Lsr Scaup have apparently departed. A Chiffchaff was fly catching in Willows by the W lake reed bed.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Lavernock Point

A pleasant walk but very quiet birdwise. A single Chiffchaff and a Green Woodpecker were the highlights, however many common species were singing in the warm sunshine.
Seems like the farmer is going to upgrade the grass paddocks near the point into arable fields - I should imagine to keep out illegal fly-grazing there. Could be good in autumn!

Sunday, 4 March 2012


Drake Lesser Scaup in far corner of W lake this morning, plus 1 drake Shoveler. No Pochard. 110 LBB Gulls. Also picked up a flock of c.16 Siskin incl a v bright male, in the Alders by the cafe, which is where I usually see them if they are around. Hovis teh Whooper still there too.

Friday, 2 March 2012


Whooper Swan still present. Pochard seem to have left and not many Tufted Duck now. Couldn't find the Lesser Scaup either. Single Fieldfare and 10 Redwing, Mistle Thrush singing it's head off and 2 Green 'Peckers. Single Common Gull W lake and 3 Buzzard circling over the gold course. Also 6 v large horse trailers incl 2 from the Donkey Sanctuary [Devon] and 2 really big ones from Redwing Horse Sanctuary, and many 'officials' presumably to collect yet more of the many cob type horses wandering the Vale.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012


Had to go elsewhere today but my wife visited. Apparently staff at the park have recently had to abandon their normal duties to clear up bags of dog mess picked up by owners but then discarded in vegetation or by footpaths. They collected 339 bags! What an absolute bloody disgrace. Many will be outside visitors but a good number I guess will be Penarthians. What a way to treat what is a beautiful facility on your doorstep. We regularly walk our dog there, always have a supply of nappy bags and use the bins provided. OK there aren't bins in the further reaches of the park, but they are ridiculously expensive to buy and install. Surely it's not too much trouble to carry the bag 'til you reach a bin? There's one near the Medieval Village,one near the main bridge and another near the car park, together with normal rubbish bins.

Saturday, 25 February 2012


Heaving! Nice weather bringing out the pre-match family outings, and hoards of post-Yellowthroat twitchers coming to add the Lsr Scaup to their bag-list. Never seen so many birders at Cossie! Lsr Scaup was on W lake. Whooper still there, a Sprawk over, and a pair of Buzzard displaying.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012


v. wet!! Drake Pintail W lake although not showing when I left, and drake Gadwall. Drk Lesser Scaup still present E lake [per Jeff Curtis].  4 Reed Bunt by the Med Village path and the usual nos. of Pochard and Tufty.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012


late p.m. 1 drake Pintail in with the Pochard & Tufties on W lake, Pochard numbering about 80. Whooper still present - could not locate Lesser Scaup but had no 'scope. Lesser Black-back wiht dark blue Darvic ring L leg orange number 833. Also Black-headed Guklkl with white plastic ring L leg black letters E2CV. 2 Reed Bunting by the cafe boardwalk.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Cosmeston 11th Feb

Saturdays Glamorgan Bird Club monthly walk which I lead, was well attended by 10 people. Highlights were the fairly good numbers of Pochard & Tufted Duck and the drake Lesser Scaup. 5 Shoveler were on east lake [4m 1f] and the rather tame Whooper Swan was with the Mutes. All 5 thrushes featured, with about 20 ea of Fieldfare and Redwing in the west paddock, with 3-4 Mistle Thrush, plus Blackbird and Song Thrush.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


v v cold this morning. Tufted Duck now up to approx 200 and Pochard 100. 3 drake Shoveler E lake. Lsr Scaup and Whooper still present. 2 Mistle Thrush W paddock.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Glossy at Cossie II

Found these two aumsing sequential shots in my batch from this morning.

<You put your left leg in ..

                  You put your left leg out>

etc etc


Glossy Ibis present this morning from around 08:30 when discovered by the rangers by the dipping pond. Thanks to Aaron for putting it on the Glamorgan Birds sightings. I last saw it at 12:30 when it was flushed by a Jack Russell and flew off high to the east. It had apparently been flushed a few times and went and sat in a nearby tree.

Saturday, 4 February 2012


Snow and 0 deg C heralds the arrival of some wildfowl - 72 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, drake Lesser Scaup E lake and drake Greater Scaup, 78 Pochard, 198 Tufted Duck, 36 Canada Geese, Whooper Swan, 50 Mute Swan, 2 Common Gulls amonsgt the Herring, Lesser Black-backs and Black-headed. West Lake mostly frozen:

Tuesday, 31 January 2012


drake Lesser Scaup still present, same place as yesterday. Also fem Shoveler. 50 each of Redwing & Fieldfare in dovecote field and 20 more Fieldfare in west paddock. Probable Jack Snipe flushed from behind dragonfly pond [flushed from close, didn't call, BUT flew off high, however bill looked right length]. Also big dog fox appeared on central path, eyeballed us then trotted off across W paddock - beautiful condition, big brush of a tail - fabulous.

Monday, 30 January 2012


The drake Lesser Scaup back at Cossie this morning, with Tufties between the centre viewing point along the central path, and the main bridge, keeping well in to the side. Also 10 Teal and 10 each of Redwing and Fieldfare of note.
Couple of record shots of the Lsr Scaup. Cropped a bit - any more not poss due to poor original shot at 1600 ISO  in no light! In thebottom pic it's the flapping bird.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Cosmeston a.m.

4 Wigeon [2 prs] and 1 pr Shoveler on W lake with c.20 Pochard. Also about 120 Tufted overall. GCGs in summer plumage and displaying. Whooper still present.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Lavernock Pt

v quiet along the coastal path this a.m. with only a Goldcrest of note. However there was a Red Admiral on the wing by the church.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Glossy Ibis at Cosmeston

per Steve Pickering - Glossy Ibis feeding in wetland next to the pond dipping area from 4 p.m. [reported earlier at Sully Moors].

Saturday, 14 January 2012


An encouraging 10 participants on the GBC monthly walk this morning. Highlights - Whooper Swan [now getting more aggressive towards the Mutes when food is available], Kingfisher perched in a tree by W lake for 15-20 mins, 20+ Fieldfare and Redwing, 3 Green 'Peckers, the usual Tufties and Pochard, 1 drake Shoveler, and plenty of common passerines. A pair of Gt Crested Grebes displayed briefly on E lake. Also 3 Buzzards circling low and very vocal.

Thursday, 12 January 2012


After a week away in Dorset, come back to no change! Whooper still present. 2 Gadwall and 1 fem Shoveler E lake. Also overall 38 Pochard, 123 Tufted, 18 Canadas and 50 Mutes. 2 Common Gull.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Lavernock/St Mary's Well Bay

Seawatch: Kittiwake (16: 14 1st W & 2 ads) & Fulmar (5).
LNR: Green Woodpecker & Bullfinch (10) only birds of note.
Whooper Swan still present on Cosmeston Lake (E).

Sunday, 1 January 2012


Cosmeston: Lesser Scaup & Whooper Swan still present. Also an adult winter Iceland Gull very briefly this am, not relocated. Greater Scaup (1), Gadwall (3) & Med Gull (1 ad W).

Sully Is. [high tide]: Oystercatcher (82), Dunlin (17), Ringed Plover (15), Knot (1) & Turnstone (6).