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.