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.