Sunday, 28 December 2014


230 Tufted Duck [nearly all W lake], 27 Pochard [all W lake], 2 Little Grebe, 1 Heron, and just single Redwing and Fieldfare by dragonfly pond, plus millions of people!

Friday, 19 December 2014


No sign of yesterday's reported Bittern. 8 Pochard were in with the Tufties on W lake, an ad Yellow-legged Gull was mid E lake and a Common Gull on E lake shore - see pic.


Apparently a Bittern was in the W lake reeds yesterday [per BirdGuides & Twitter].

Friday, 12 December 2014


brief visit to see if my back was up to birding! Ad Yellow-legged Gull was sitting on E lake plus 1 ad Common Gull, and c.150 Tufted Ducks. Didn't do a circuit so that's it! Back seems OK.

Monday, 8 December 2014


Pretty quiet. Not birding properly [dog in tow], but a few Redwing & Fieldfare by the conservation area, 2 Buzzards circling and calling, a few Pochard in with the Tufties.

Saturday, 6 December 2014


at least 8 Common Snipe were in the 'snipe paddock' this morning [on the right beyond the dragonfly pond],and an ad Yellow-legged Gull was on E lake, and a Common Gull on W lake posts. Also Sparrowhawk, male Bullfinch and a couple of Redwing. 80 Tufted on E lake - didn't count W lake.

Sunday, 16 November 2014


Nice view of a fem Sparrowhawk diving into a tree containing around 20 Fieldfare and a few Redwing. No success but the explosion of the thrushes out of the tree was entertaining.
Also 2 ringed LBB Gulls - 1st yr bird yellow Darvic right leg black text "T+Y", and adult LBBG white Darvic left leg black text OLF - the latter is a regular.

Monday, 10 November 2014


1 pr Wigeon, 1 drake Teal and 4 Pochard [3f 1m] on W lake. Group of 4 Little Grebes in the W lake 'bay' - fam group?? - didn't see any evidence of breeding this year but you never know, and 1 Kingfisher. Aso 12 fly-over Redwing.

Thursday, 6 November 2014


Good nos. of Redwing and Fieldfare [the latter my first of the year], flying around this morning - poss 110 & 50 respectively but too spread out to be accurate. Also Kingfisher flew across E lake from the sluice towards the boardwalk. Lol Middleton saw what was probably a Jack Snipe in flight.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Cosmeston 4 p.m. onwards

A Little Egret in a tree by W lake 'island' and a Grey Heron, obviously intending to roost. Around 5000 Starlings gathered and swirled around for several minutes, but not a proper murmuration, and decided against dropping in and eventually headed off NE [to Cardiff Bay?]. Mad panic at one point as a male Sparrowhawk swooped into the flock [unsuccessfully].

Monday, 3 November 2014


The Canada Geese are staging a take over!! 130 on W lake this morning, together with a huge fat almost completely white domestic hybrid. About 20 Tufties. A pair of GC Grebes in winter plumage were doing a display dance. A few Redwing at the back of W lake. 4 Green Woodpeckers seen, and a Mistle Thrush. Some filming going on by the grassy 'beach' of W lake.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014


late afternoon, around 100 Redwing flying around above west paddock, and c.500 Wood Pigeon going to roost in Cogan Wood. Also 1 Grey Heron at roost by W lake reeds.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Cosmeston & Lavernock

At Cossie this morning a Snipe flushed from grass about 50m beyond the dragonfly pond - the first for me this autumn. Also 2 Chiffchaff, & Green 'Pecker of note.
Lavernock 4:15 p.m. - the Firecrest found by Phil Bristow this morning showed very well in the Field Maple tree by the road, in the garden of Church House, until about 4:30 when it poured with rain.

Monday, 6 October 2014


Lavernock this morning:
Reserve: 50 Goldfinch feeding on dead Scabious heads, 1 Jay, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Kestrel.
Lavernock Pt and fields: 3 Stonechat in the coastal paddock by the house, plus 2 Reed Bunting, 30 Linnet, 2 Jays over, 1 Sprawk, 1 Buzzard, several Chiffchaff by Church House. Also a fair few Swallows and House Martins overhead.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014


Jays in evidence with 6 along the fringe of Cogan Wood and 2 from the edge of W paddock. Also 2 Green ‘Peckers. Cetti's Warbler singing near the cafe.

Sunday, 28 September 2014


Too many people for there to be much bird-wise but a fem/imm Pochard on E lake was the first I've seen this autumn.

Saturday, 27 September 2014


pretty quiet this morning: flock of 40-50 Goldfinch above the dragonfly pond, 1 Jay & 1 Green ‘Pecker there too, and a scarce species for Cossie, a single Stock Dove stopped in to drink at the dragonfly pond and then fed on the plateau behind.
PS the extremely pale imm Herring Gull was present yesterday.

Friday, 19 September 2014


Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest in the church yard. Vis mig albeit of just Swallows and Mipits. The latter around 50 per min perhaps more, for a couple of hours at least. Meadow Pipits not so many but a couple of flocks of 30 flew over and 100 flew up from the N end of the big stubble field. 1 Kes and 1 Buzzard, and a few House Martins with the Swallows.

Monday, 15 September 2014


Reserve – 1 juv Whitethroat.
Churchyard – at least 6 phylloscs in the big Sycamore, mostly chiffies but 1 definite Willow Wblr. Also 2 Blackcap. Steady but light continuous passage of Swallows with a few Sand and House Martin mixed in. No sign of y’day’s Firecrest.
Noce showing of Sheep's Bit Scabious on the reserve with loads of bees feeding:

Less good, some thieves have removed 3 lengths of 4x2 railing from the coast path.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Lavernock Pt and coast path

Highlights – Lol Middleton, Andy Burns & Steve Young! :-) A few Chiffies in the big Sycamore by Church House, light continuous passage of Swallows, Buzzard, 3 Mute Swan f/o, 1 Heron f/o, loose flock of Linnet & Goldfinch and small nos. of Greenfinch, Willow Warbler and Blackcap at the N end, and 1 Stock Dove.

Monday, 8 September 2014


Now 37 Tufted Ducks present [17 W lake, 20 E lake]. Also 4 GCG, about 20 House Martin and a light passage of Swallows. 3 Buzzards over the S meadow.

Sunday, 31 August 2014


5 Spotted Flycatchers this morning, in trees on left past the dragonfly pond [i.e. the outer fringe of Cogan Wood]. Thx to Wayne Strong for heads up re 1 in dead tree by dragonfly pond. Also 1 Clouded Yellow in the meadow beyond W paddock. Also 26 Canada Geese and a Kingfisher flew past the main bridge.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


There's about 7 Tufted Ducks present now. Here's a very confiding juv Grey Heron that was near the duck feeding area on E lake recently.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Lavernock Point

Mid morning walk from point to top fields: Small movement of hirundines, Swallow [40] & Sand Martin [20]. Sparrowhawk [1], Willow Wbr. [2], Chiffchaff [1], Common Whitethroat [9], Tree Pipit [1 f/o], Linnet [7] & Greenfinch [12]. Oystercatcher & Curlew in Ranny Bay.
Leps: Magpie Moth, Yellow Shell, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood [30+], Small White [25+] & Holly Blue. At least 4 Migrant Hawkers present.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Lavernock WT Reserve

Two Clouded Yellow butterflies this morning and quite a lot of Common Blues. Also these:

Red-tailed Bumblebee male

[Hover] Fly sp to be determined

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Cosmeston - yesterday

Clouded Yellow was in the extreme NE corner of the east paddock this morning, and a Stoat was by the central path level with the N end of the west paddocks. Newly hatched pr of Coot chicks by the cafe boardwalk and there was a Willow Warbler in the W paddock hedgerow.. Also, this below. Rubbish phone pic as the white is burnt out, but this is the white form of the normally pink Centaury.


Friday, 25 July 2014


Not much birdy wise, except that the GC Grebes do still have 2 full grown young - t'other one seen this morning. 6 Cormorants present on the W lake posts. Other than that here's a few recent photos:
Rudd - odd behaviour bunched together and pointing downwards - probably spawning I am told

Lilies on the new dipping pond

v pale 1st yr Herring Gull

Oak Bush Cricket - on my car door mirror in the car park

Coot nest by E lake boardwalk

Thursday, 24 July 2014


The GCG pair seem to be down to 1 fully grown young. O/W very quiet. Green Pecker heard by Cogan Wood, 1 Buzzard circling. Plenty of Common Blue butterflies on the wing and a few Black-tailed Skimmers.

Monday, 14 July 2014


Ad and imm Herons on W lake, 3 Tufted Duck E lake, 5 GC Grebes, 10 B-h Gulls, 1 Swift over W lake.

Leps: Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Small White, Red Admiral, what I assumed to be a Common Blue, Ringlet.

Odonata: Emperor, Common Darters, couple of Black-tailed Skimmers.

Lavernock WT Reserve

Apparently there was a Brown Hawker at the pool on the reserve yesterday - a very unusual species for the area. [pers comm per Jeff Curtis].

Friday, 11 July 2014


Not much bird wise apart from a few Blackcaps singing and a couple of Green 'Peckers. Biggest surprise was a large, presumably adult, Eel, swimming about in the muddy water by the cafe boardwalk where people feed the ducks. Never seen one at Cossie before.

Thursday, 3 July 2014


A Banded Demoiselle at Cosmeston t'other day. [I have corrected this thanks to Jake Gilmore]. I initially thought it was a Beautiful Demoiselle as when I saw it briefly in flight I thought the wings were unmarked and that the dark area in the photo was a shadow [there is a corresponding shadow on the leaf on which it is settled]. However there were 3 Bandeds in the same spot this morning doing a lot of flying around.

Thursday, 26 June 2014


Pretty quiet so here's a few photos:


juv Crow

Thursday, 19 June 2014


I have just learned that the Night-heron was still present tuesday eve, still in the conservation area of W Lake.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Cosmeston orchids

Lots of Orchids in flower at Cosmeston now, including the most Bee Orchids I have seen for a number of years [I found around 30 spikes this morning and was told of around 60 more].

Bee Orchid

Yellow Wort
(not an orchid I know, but there's lots)

Common Spotted Orchids

Greater Butterfly Orchid

Pyramidal Orchids

Pyramidal Orchid detail

Cosmeston Night-heron

Apparently the Night-heron was still present yesterday morning, seen by one of the rangers doing his rounds, in roughly the same location as previously.

Saturday, 14 June 2014


A walk with the grandkids this morning. Here's a few piccies.


Friday, 13 June 2014


An adult [Black-crowned] Night-heron found by Peter Howlett yesterday was a nice addition to the Cosmeston list although it would't show on the three occasions I managed to get down there. Peter's flight shots are on the Glamorgan Birds sightings blog:
There was quite a bit of activity by 3-4 Grey herons this morning including this one involved with a chase with another:

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Lavernock reserve

Lesser Whitethroat singing this morning. A lot of dragonflies at the pond including a pair of Emperors in cop and a number of Black-tailed Skimmers & Blue-tailed & Large Red Damselflies. Several Brimstones seen and a few what I took to be Common Blues.
A pair of Shelduck flew u/c at St Mary’s Well Bay.

Friday, 9 May 2014


1 Peregrine flew E along the shore at St Mary's Well Bay watch point this morning. No movement on the sea tho'.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Lavernock WT reserve

Common & Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White and a few Swallows. Also the remains of 12 packs of Peroni, Heiniken & Carling including all the cans. These people can be bothered to carry it there but not back, when it’s a fraction of the weight.


A pair of Garganey are still at Cosmeston today by the fringes of the W lake reed bed. I first saw them 2 days ago. Only my second record at the site.

Saturday, 26 April 2014


a.m. in the rain shower. Sand and House Martin and Swallow over E lake. Cetti's, Reed Warbler and Sedgie singing by the main boardwalk.

Friday, 25 April 2014


v quiet this a.m. fem Wheatear on the hills behind dragonfly pond. Green 'Pecker calling. Lol Middleton & Andy Burns had a Garden Warbler tho' not sure exactly where.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


2 Common Sandpiper on far shore of W lake this morning. Common Whitethroat back of W lake. Mute Swan with nest in E lake reeds.

Monday, 21 April 2014


in the reserve: fem Redstart in trees by the large gate at the far end of the first field from the road. Several Common Whitethroat singing and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. On St. Mary’s Well Bay rocks, 1 Whimbrel.

Lavernock Pt coast path, 1 Wheatear in ploughed field just beyond the big house. Whitethroats in bushes in the field by the access road to the point, and Blackcap. Light passage of Swallows.

Saturday, 19 April 2014


a.m. 5 Tufties on W lake. 1 House Martin briefly. Reed Warbler and Cettis singing in E lake reeds. o/w too many people and rubbish left everywhere, including plastic bottles thrown into the new pools.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


A fem Wheatear was at the N end of W paddock this morning. Around 10 Blackcap singing, and Comma and Peacock seen. Also a Bee Fly in Cogan Wood.
Bee Fly in Cogan Wood

Smart male Chaffinch

Monday, 14 April 2014

Cosmeston a.m.

V quiet bird-wise. 4 GCG, no hirundines and only Blackcap singing. Leps comprised Orange-tip, Comma, Brimstone, Peackcock and Small White. Also 1 Bee-fly noted.

Car park was more or less completely full when I left at 1 a.m.!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


Ad Yellow-legged Gull on E lake this morning. 2 Cetti's singing near the cafe.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Black-throated Diver

Back from a 2 week trip to Sri Lanka. The BLack-throated Diver was present on E lake late this morning but had moved to W lake by the time I left after about an hour, when it was approaching 2 p.m. Also Chiffchaff along the central path.

Thursday, 13 February 2014


Lesser Scaup still present today with nine Gadwall and good numbers of Tufted Duck & Pochard.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014


Just some birdies from 4th Feb on an otherwise dull day. The Lesser Scaup was present but distant on W lake. Also 2 Common Gulls.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014


A quick walk round Cossie this morning: drake Lesser Scaup showing v well by shoreline on W lake together with c.180 Tufties and a drake Pochard. Also 3 Wigeon there [2m, 1f] and 6 Gadwall. A further 40+ Tufties on E lake. Grey Wagtail in the new wet area by the Med Village access boardwalk and several Reed Bunt and a couple of Redwing.

Saturday, 11 January 2014


GBC monthly walk with 7 participants. Highlights - Grey Wagtail, 13 Gadwall [pretty sure this is a record for Cossie], 1 drake Shoveler, the usual Tufties, male Sparrowhawk, a few Redwing and Fieldfare, 2prs Bullfinch, Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, and also a Kingfisher seen W lake by Lol Middleton.

Monday, 6 January 2014


A pristine ad Yellow-legged Gull on E. Lake, 24 Canadas, 46 Mute Swan, 6 Gadwall W. Lake, total pof c.60 Tufted Ducks, mostly drakes. No Lsr Scaup with them. Also 4 GCG and a Little Grebe. Where are all the Pochard this winter?

Thursday, 2 January 2014


A brief family walk so no time to note stuff in detail but an ad Yellow-legged Gull was on E lake, and there were 6, possibly 8 Gadwall on W lake, 2 Little Grebe, 2 GCG and the usual tufteds.