Thursday, 19 December 2013


A drake Ring-necked Duck was seen yesterday on E lake by Richard Facey. Sadly there was no sign this morning. A large no. of Canada Geese had arrived, having with them this Barnacle Goose of unknown origin, although one had been at Ogmore recently. There were also 3 Shoveler present and the 2 pairs of Gadwall still.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013


highlight of brief walk this morning – 3 male Bullfinch by the W lake overlook and a couple of Redwing there, 4 Gadwall and 1 drake Pochard on W lake and about 100 Tufties in total. No sign of Lsr Scaup [gone back to Cardiff?]. Several Water Rail squealing in E lake reeds.

Saturday, 30 November 2013


The male Bearded Tit was still present this morning - per Lol Middleton.

Monday, 25 November 2013


brief walk round late this morning. 120 Tufted in all, 6 Pochard, pr of Gadwall still present, 2 Little Grebe on W lake [not been seen for a while]. No sign of Beardy [has it migrated to be with its chums in CBWR?] or of Turtle Dove.

Saturday, 16 November 2013


For the record here's a pic of the Turtle Dove I took on 12th.


The Turtle Dove was seen this a.m. by Jeff Curtis and Matt & Ceri Binding nr the dragonfly pond, the only place I didn't look! On W lake, 120+ Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 3 GCG, and 4 Cormorant and a Common Gull on the posts. 20+ Redwing flying over, 1 Green 'Pecker in the Snipe enclosure. Plenty of birds at the dragon tree but no MarshTit.

Thursday, 14 November 2013


per Lol Middleton - the Turtle Dove was still in west paddock this morning and the Marsh Tit at the dragon tree in Cogan Wood. 6 Wigeon were on W lake and and AdW Med Gull was on E lake.

Thursday, 7 November 2013


Finally connected with the Bearded Tit this morning but light was poor. Very vocal around 9 a.m., looked as if it was leaving at one point but came back. Then flew high and dropped into inaccessible area at the back of the reeds near the dog field area.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013


No show from the male Bearded Tit this morning, but it was a tad windy - gusts blowing the reed almost flat! A few Reed Bunting were coming out to the seed on the boardwalk, and a Blue Tit. Nice to meet up with Nicki & Glyn Roberts.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013


no action on the sea in v strong wind but it was late afternoon. These common Ink Caps were by the path down to the sea-watching shelter.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Cosmeston Sat 13th

pretty quiet and initially damp on the GBC monthly walk. Highlights 1 Snipe, 1 Green Pecker, 1 Redwing flew over, 3 Chiffchaff.

Monday, 7 October 2013


A fem Pochard was the only new bird, and the first one this autumn. A large fem Sparrowhawk was harrassed by B-h Gulls over E lake.
Meanwhile work continues on the new pool just beyond the car park:

Sunday, 6 October 2013


Found this fungus in Cogan Wood this morning.  Have asked on FB for ID. Or indeed anyone here know?

Thursday, 3 October 2013


V quick walk this a.m. before the bucket loads  of rain arrived. Just 20 Tufties of note and a few Swallows.
A lot of clearance has been done around the new pools and reedbed by the Med Village boardwalk, I am told to create better pool[s]. See below:

Wednesday, 25 September 2013


This morning my friend Lol Middleton re-found a Wryneck which he had first seen on 18th Sep but which several of us could not relocate. This morning it was in the small stubble field by the coast path just beyond the big house.
Here's a nice shot of the bird taken by Lol's friend and local photographer Andy Burns, who of course has copyright of the pic. The full set of pix he obtained can be seen on his Zenfolio web site at:

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


At Lavernock Pt and N along the coast path, approx 10:00 to 12:30

Continuous overhead vis mig of Meadow Pipit, fairly heavy at first then tailing off but still continuing, tog. with Swallows. Also c.200 Meadow Pipit in total feeding in the two stubble fields and near the silage dump at the N end. A mixed flock of c.500 Jackdaw, Rook and Crow was in the big stubble field. Plus:

Chiffchaff 18 [4 by church and 14 at N end], Grey Wagtail 3 feeding around the silage dump, also in that area 3 Blackcap [2m 1f], 1 Common Whitethroat, 10 Long-t Tit, 1 Pere over, 1 Raven over, 20 Sky Lark flew in to feed in the large stubble field, plus Gt and Blue Tits, Blackbird, Dunnock, Robin, Collared Dove. More land birds in 2 hrs than in a whole day at Portland Bill with GBC on Sunday!

Saturday, 14 September 2013


GBC monthly walk with 5 participants. Highlights – 2 Spotted Flycatchers (hedgerow of southern field by Sully Brook), 1 fem Pied Flycatcher nr the dragon tree in Cogan Wood (uncommon bird here) [but no Marsh tit], 1 Wheatear on high ground above dragonfly pond. Also 1 ad and 1 imm Green ‘Pecker and now 21 Tufted Duck. Leps – 2 Small Copper in the south field ref’d to above. Also lots of Chiffchaff 20+. Also a Kingfisher flew down the edge of the said southern field, parallel to Sully Brook.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Lavernock Pt

Visited again solo - thought the rain might've grounded a few bits & bobs. Nowhere near as many hirundines as yesterday. Birch tree by Church House had at least 6 Chiffchaff, 1 fem Blackcap and 2 Long-t-Tit. Coat path had 1 County Recorder :-), 1 male Blackcap briefly, 1 fem/imm Common Whitethroat and a few Goldfinch. Also 1 Holly Blue pointed out to me my DRWG, and I also saw a Clouded Yellow in the fenced off scrubby paddock behind the big house.

Thursday, 12 September 2013


GBC trip to Lavernock Pt and WT Reserve – highlights [8 participants]

Lavernock Pt & coast path – very many hirundines – est. 1000+ mixed Swallow, House- and Sand Martin, Sky Lark 4, Linnet 40, Blackcap 3, Chiffchaff 10, Stock Dove 4, Whitethroat 1, Common Scoter 4 d/c past the point plus other common stuff.

Lavernock WT Reserve – 4 Clouded Yellow and 1 Small Copper but very few birds. Flock of about 50 House and Sand Martin.
Clouded Yellow

Tuesday, 10 September 2013


The Marsh Tit was by the dragon tree in Cogan Wood again this morning. 12 Tufties present. o/w pretty quiet. There’s also lots of these which I think are Rudd as they do surface feed. There were also lots of ‘blue’ dragonflies which I took to be Migrant Hawkers – does that sound poss?

Sunday, 1 September 2013


Highlight for me was a Marsh Tit by the ‘dragon tree’ in Cogan Wood – found by sharp-eyed young Matthew Binding yesterday. Also in the wood dozing in the sun by the main path, a Short-tailed Field Vole. It was tiny – not much bigger than my thumb so I suspect a young one. There was another in the leaf litter which was dead, and which the live one nuzzled a couple of times. Just a cropped phone pic so not high quality. Also by the dipping pond & reeds by the Med Village boardwalk, a Clouded Yellow. 15 Tufties on W lake too.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Lavernock Point

Small passage of hirundines with swallows to the fore. A solitary Blackcap and a Willow Warbler were in the hedgerows with at least 4 Common Whitethroat. Highlight was a late Swift over the church.

Leps: Whites everywhere, a few Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small Tortoiseshell and singles of Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow, Holly Blue & Magpie Moth. A Migrant Hawker of note.

Thursday, 15 August 2013


1 Common Whitethroat, 10 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, Green ‘Pecker, Gt Spotted ‘Pecker f/o E lake. Also a Clouded Yellow in the E paddock per Jeff Curtis.

Lavernock Point

A few migrants in the hedgerows: Common Whitethroat [9], Blackcap [1], Garden Warbler [1] & a few Swallows moving south. A whimbrel flew over and a GS Woodpecker was in the trees by the church.
Leps: Good numbers of both Large & Small White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper & Comma.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013


V v quiet - small birds almost non-existent. Black Swan was on E lake and a couple of Sand Martins flew through. Shots below were still images taken with Panasonic camcorder.

m Common Darter
 f. Common Darter

Saturday, 10 August 2013


GBC monthly walk -pretty quiet - 2 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunt, small nos. of Swallow, House Martin & Sand Martin, 1 Swift, 2 imm Green 'Peckers, 1 Heron, now 10 Tufted Duck, 2 fully grown imm GC Grebes, and a couple of Cormorants whiffling in like geese. Leps included lots of Common Blue, Small Blue, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Comma, and several Silver Y moths. Also 1 Emperor dragonfly and Common Darters ovipositing.
PS also forgot to mention a Treecreeper in Cogan Wood - a species not often seen at Cossie.

Monday, 22 July 2013


The GC Grebe chicks [2] are about half grown so prob safe from predation now. O/W pretty quiet. Quite a lot of Gatekeeper on the wing.

Sunday, 14 July 2013


Sat 13th my monthly guided walk - with Jean, Jane and Megan. Not much on the bird front - couple of Blackcap singing, the Canada Goose pair with 3 more or less fully grown goslings, Green 'Pecker and a few Swallows and Black-eaded Gulls now coming back, including a this year juvenile. Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies in numbers, also Black-tailed Skimmer, a number of Emperor Dragonflies including on ovipositing on the dragonfly pond, 4-Spot Chasers, and lesp included Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Ringlet & Meadow Brown.

Sunday, 7 July 2013


My first visit for several weeks for various reasons. Not a place to be today - absolutely heaving. However ignoring the acres of flabby red flesh, there were plenty of Ringlets on the wing, also Emperor dragonfly and 4-Spot Chasers, 1000's of tadpoles, Gt Crested Grebe appears to be sitting, 3 Cormorant, one of which caught a sizeable Eel.
LBB Gulls included 833 orange on blue [Glocs landfill]; 5PF black on yellow [Severn Est gull group]; and 5NF white on red [Mold - Flintshire]. The latter 2 were seen here in July last year too.

Monday, 10 June 2013


Well the warm sunny weekend brought the usual results. Today, W lake had many floating plastic bottles, cans, plastic containers, and two life saving rings which had been chucked in the water. Why are there so many people who have no respect for their, or others, surroundings? They arrive prepared to carry huge amounts of food, drink etc to various parts of the park, then can't be a***d to carry the far less heavy remains of their picnic away with them.
Alarmingly, on Sat, I think it was [heard this from someone else], an older guy was riding his bike thro' the park and was subjected to a unprovoked attack in which he sustained broken ribs and his bike was taken. Words fail me.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Cosmeston Sat 8th Jun

A pair of GCGs are nest building on W lake. A Lesser Whitethroat was singing in the open in the hedgerow of W paddock.

Monday, 3 June 2013


Quiet bird wise at Cosmeston but Common Spotted Orchids developing, Large Red Damselfly, and Yellow Flag. Also Broad-bodied Chasers and Common Blue Damsels at the dragonfly pond.
Large Red Damselfly
Common Spotted Orchid
Yellow Flag Iris

Friday, 31 May 2013


A pair of Canada Geese with 5 small goslings on W lake. AS far as I can see, a first for the site. The Mute Swan pair still have 2 of the original 8 cygnets. Also 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing - 1 in hedge in the southern fields and another in the hedge along the west paddock, behind the dragonfly pond. Also Brimstone, Peacock, Comma and Speckled Wood butterflies.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Cosmeston in the drizzle.

Highlight in the drizzle - 2 Spotted Flycatchers in trees just beyond the main bridge on the right. The first Spot Fly I've seen here for a few yrs. Also pr of Canada Geese W lake, with 5 goslings [per Jim Criddle], although we could't find them [prob hiding in the reeds]. Finally 2nd cal yr Lesser Black-back 9ZF in red on whitish ring on L leg.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Lavernock Pt

Late morning during the strong NW winds - 1 distant Long-tailed Skua went u/c and also a dark ph Arctic Skua. Down channel were first 2 ad Kittiwakes with an attendant 1st yr Sabine's Gull, then 5 more ad Kittiwakes.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Cosmeston this morning

Sadly the Mute Swan pair are now down to 2 cygnets, having started off with 8! A Lesser Whitethroat was singing about halfway along the 'high' path that runs along the S side of W lake [after crossing the wooden bridge over Sully Brook. A few Swallow and a couple of House Martins were over E lake. In the cold wind it felt like a winter morning, and definitely not May 23rd!

Saturday, 18 May 2013


pretty quiet this morning. ! Coot seen with young. It appears, very sadly, that the Mute Swan pair are now down to just 3 Cygnets, having started out with 8! I can't believe that Pike will have predated all five others. Several Orange Tip on the wing.

Friday, 3 May 2013


Mute Swan with 8 v small cygnets on W lake. Whitethroat carrying nest material by the 'dog field'. Also a pair of Mute Swans doing a wonderful synchronised swimming display by the bridge. Sitting next to each other and doing exactly in time pirouettes. Wish I had had the video camera.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Lavernock Point

At least 5 singing Common Whitethroats, Blackcap [2], Garden Warbler along coastal path, not in song. Male Bullfinch in top field hedgerow. Few Swallows, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Robins, Dunnocks and Great, Blue & Long-tailed Tits. No Lesser Whitethroats seen or heard!
Leps: Green-veined White, Small White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell & Comma.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Lavernock LNR

Passerines - zilch due to this pesky wind! However an Arctic Tern was feeding inshore in St Mary's Well Bay. The main stiles are being replaced by galvanised metal kissing gates.

Saturday, 13 April 2013


GBC monthly walk. 1 Swallow E. Lake, 20-30 Chiffchaff, 6+ Willow Warbler incl 2 in song, 3 m Blackcap incl 1 in song, pair of Sparrowhawk displaying over west paddock, 5 Fieldfare lingering in W paddock, Nuthatch singing in Cogan Wood and a G S 'Pecker drumming there. Also 1 active Rooks nest - rather odd as for the last 2 yrs the prev rookery of c.40 nests has been abandoned.
Yesterday the Lesser Scaup was in W lake bay - not seen today.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Lavernock Point

Walk around the point this am was very quiet, few birds about. Highlights were Willow Warbler [2], Blackcap [2 males in song], Raven [1] with Dunnock, Robin & Greenfinch all singing.
Little Gull & Med Gull in Cardiff Bay.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013


20+ Chiffchaff flycatching around the place this morning, plus a Willow Warbler by the 1st viewpoint. In contrast, 2 Redwing in the large south meadow and a pair of Mistle Thrush. Only 2 Pochard left on W lake. A GT Crested Grebe in the w lake margin was prob at a nest site, plus an ad Heron nearby.

Sunday, 31 March 2013


2 Wheatear in the west paddock per Wayne Strong.

Saturday, 30 March 2013


drake Lesser Scaup on E lake, drake Shoveler on W lake, 24 Pochard and 100+ Tufted. Pair of Gt rested Grebe displaying and a few Coot nests in progress. 2 Chiffchaff. Black Swan seems to have gone.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013


a few Redwing and Fieldfare in the southerly meadow just beyond the Dovecote field.

Sunday, 24 March 2013


a.m.  2 pairs of Shoveler on W lake. Also 100 Tufted and just 10 Pochard. A couple of Sand Martin present too. Also ringed LBB Gulls 3UF & 2UF [white on blue left leg], and 5PF [black on yellow L leg].

Friday, 15 March 2013


Pochard now down to about 20 birds. A group of 6 Redwing have taken up residence in the grassy areas in the middle of the car park for the last few days, as has a Mistle Thrush. A sub ad Yellow-legged Gull was on E lake.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Lavernock Point

Pretty quiet walk along the cliff top. Farmer preparing fields for sowing, which produced a few gulls, with 16 Common Gulls the highlight. A single Redwing in the hedgerow, 10 Pied Wagtails in second field and 5 Buzzards circling the top field. Blackbird, Wren, Robin & Dunnock all singing. No spring migrants noted at Lavernock or Cosmeston.

Saturday, 9 March 2013


GBC monthly walk, 7 participants. Highlights, 2 Snipe flew up from the 'snipe paddock', circled and came down again. Mixed flock of Redwing & Fieldfare in trees near west paddock, around 30 birds in all. The Scaup type bird was on W lake, the small black bill nail suggesting that this may have been a bona Lesser Scaup [was reported y'day], but still s'thing about it didn't look right to me - size for one. Need to check the video I took some time ago of the bird that was defo considered  2 b hybrid. Also Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff near the Med Village. Couple of Reed Bunts seen, pair of Bullfinch and 2 Jay.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Lavernock coast path

The farmer is currently ploughing in the stubble in the big coastal field. Spectacular sight & sound of 2-3000 gulls feeding behind, then taking flight and resting on the sea. Searched & searched for big white wings but no luck. However the near full hooded adult Med Gull that was at Cossie on Sunday was sitting on the sea, as were at least 5 Common Gulls. Only passerines of note were a few Blackbird and Robin, and 3 Goldcrest.

Monday, 4 March 2013


no sign of the 2 Med Gulls from y'day, despite much less disturbance being a Monday. 2 Common Gulls present.

Sunday, 3 March 2013


Almost full sumer plumage ad Med Gull present this morning. First on E lake [as txtd to me by Wayne Strong, ta Wayne]. Was sitting on ice on part frozen E lake when I got there late a.m., no doubt pushed off E lake by scuba diver and canoeists. 5 GCG present [a pair were displaying 2 days ago].
PS just had another txt from Wayne - there appear to be 2 different birds.
Also around a dozen Chaffinch feeding by the bird table, and 3-4 Reed Bunts around.

Saturday, 2 March 2013


The only newcomers this morning were a pair of Gadwall on W lake. The Scaup x Tufted hybrid still present and also the Black Swan. The Shoveler from the other day seemingly gone.


from yesterday - 2 drake and 1 duck Shoveler were new arrivals on W lake.

Monday, 25 February 2013


only new birds his were 3 lonely Redwing in the middle of the car park. The Scaup type drake on W lake is definitely the hybrid found earlier this year.

Saturday, 23 February 2013


in addition to the usual suspects [80 Pochard, 300 or so Tufties], there was what seemed to be a drake Greater Scaup [W lake], although there was something odd about it - bit of a bump on the back of the head, darkish shading on the back over the grey/black barring. Defo not a Lesser [bit bigger than the Tufty it was loafing with] - I left with Matt Meehan and Alex going to check it out. Also pair o GCG displaying on W lake.
Black Swan also still present E lake.

Friday, 22 February 2013


First visits since returning from our sojourn in the warmer climes of Myanmar [Burma]! Yesterday [and a couple of days prev apparently] a drake Wigeon was on W Lake. Today on W lake, 80 Pochard and 250 Tufties. No sign of any Scaup or other wildfowl [apart from the usual Mallard, Canadas & Mute Swans], surprisingly given the weather.
Also 80 LBB GUlls and 10 Herring Gulls.
Nothing on E lake due to fire service practicing water rescues. This cold is a bit of a shock to the system!

Sunday, 27 January 2013


My first outing since The Leg incident! What's all this fresh air stuff? Kayaks on E lake so all ducks on W. Around 50 Teal, and guestimate of 3-400 Tufties, 50 odd Pochard, the drake Scaup hybrid, 2 fem type Greater Scaup that I could see. Didn't spend too long trying to count - it was blowing a gale!  Black Swan still on E lake. Around 100 Redwing and 50 Fieldfare in W paddock.

Thursday, 10 January 2013


from Jeff Curtis - a fem Goldeneye on W lake this morning, and the Black Swan on E lake has made a re-appearance after a short absence.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Cosmeston 2nd Jan - Lesser Scaup!

V happy to chance upon an imm drake Lesser Scaup this morning at 11:50. Was still present and being watched at 2 p.m. when I left.
Couple of record shots below.

Light was appalling, with fine drizzle falling.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013


Heaving with people. Around 20 Pochard and the usual 2-300 Tufties. Only different wildfowl were 2 Gadwall. Also around 50 Canadas present. Walking round with friends post new years eve 'do' so not seriously birding.