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.