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).