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 http://tinyurl.com/8526nsa . If you read this, please follow this link to an online petition opposing this proposal - http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/say-no-to-vale-land-development-plan-in-lavernock.html 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 - http://tinyurl.com/7kqvtu3 . 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.