Thursday, 28 January 2016


The drake Lesser Scaup was by the cafe boardwalk this morning, and a pair of Gt Crsted Grebes were displaying. The Bittern was apparently seen in flight. I also spotted three of my 'last of the summer wine' buddies putting the world to rights on a bench! :-)

Monday, 25 January 2016


The Lesser Scaup was in the middle of W lake where there were 350 Tufted Duck, but it was commuting between both lakes. Also present c.15 drake Pochard and about 5 ducks, 7 Gadwall, 2 fem Shoveler, just 2 Teal I could see, 2 Common Gull on the posts, 3 Little Grebe, pair of GC Grebe in full sum plum displaying. 10 Siskin were by the dog field board walk. 
Drake Lesser Scaup still present this morning by the cafe boardwalk very close in - got a nice video clip which I'll upload sometime.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016


A Bittern was seen twice today, mid morning by Lol Middleton and at dusk by me. Also 5 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall and the usual Pochard & Tufties. A couple of small flocks of Siskin in Alders, 1 group by the Medieval Village access boardwalk and the other in Alders by the E lake sluice. Our dog Poppy flushed 5 Common and 2 Jack Snipe at the far end of W paddock. A few pix from today:
Wren playing hard to get

Anne and the Snipe flusher Poppy!

Siskin male

Bullfinch male

Spot the Bittern! - taken at dusk

Starlings at dusk

Tuesday, 19 January 2016


No sign of the Lesser Scaup this morning on either lake. W lake had 3 Shoveler that I could see [1m 2f] although 8 I think had been seen yesterday. Also 3 Gadwall on W lake, and 18 drake Pochard and just 2 females. Also 3 Little Grebe, 2 GC Grebe, 1 Common Gull and many Tufties although I didn't count them. Also 1 Goldcrest up the central path and Lol Middleton had seen a Chiffchaff near the Medieval Village.

Monday, 18 January 2016


Our old friend the Lesser Scaup is back apparently, seen by Ceri Jones and Lol Middleton on E lake this morning. Might pop down tomorrow to see if it is still there [been away for a week in north Norfolk].

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Cosmeston a.m. b4 the rain

West lake - 13 Pochard, pair of Wigeon, 5 Gadwall (3m 2f), Little Grebe, Treecreeper [by the 'dip'] in the path, 5 GC Grebe [4 E lake 1 W lake], 3 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush & 1 Fieldfare seen, plus the resident flock of Tufties.