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: