Monday, 28 March 2016


A little more than the usual this morning. There had been an arrival of hirundines so 50+ Sand Martins were flying around when I arrived although Swallow had been seen earlier. From the bridge, a pair of Shoveler on E lake, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff incl 1 singing. Then in W paddock a male Wheatear and a Mistle Thrush, and a Peregrine and a Raven flew over. The hybrid 'pufty' was still on E lake but the Lesser Scaup seems to have departed, as have all the Pochard. The Wheatear was right out in the open so not very approachable, hence pic heavily cropped.
Hybrid Pochard x Tufted Duck

Mislte Thrush - juv??

male Wheatear

Sunday, 27 March 2016


Missed the Goldeneye seen by Ceri Jones ealrier, but then didn’t really check E lake. Pretty quiet otherwise – Cetti’s singing by the main boardwalk, Chiffchaff singing near the bird table, Pochard X Tufty hybrid on W lake. No hirundines. Nice to bump in to my pal Gareth Jenkins, still in winter plumage!

Friday, 25 March 2016


Very very busy this morning - not surprisingly given the sunshine. Mainly walking the dog with Anne, but did snap this Mute Swan against the nice sun on the water, and tried out using the 400mm end of the lens for pseudo macro for the Lesser Celandine. There are some nice patches of Primroses out too.

Thursday, 24 March 2016


A male Stonechat was on posts by the snipe paddock, 3-4 Sand Martins were feeding fairly high over the main bridge at around 1 o’c. Three Swallows had also been seen but not by me [Wayne Strong & Graham Smith – 1] and Lol Middleton – 2]. The Lsr Scaup and the hybrid were loafing together near the cafe [phone pic]:

Monday, 21 March 2016


The cleared skies seemingly prompted the departure of the Firecrests and most of the Chiffies and Goldcrests this morning, sadly. Graham Smith flushed a Woodcock from the marshy dip in W paddock, near the dragonfly pond. There were still quite a few Redwing around, in the wood by the play area. There was an obliging Goldcrest halfway along the central path. I like the pic below where it seems to be attempting an Irish jig! Click on each pic for a full size one.

Sunday, 20 March 2016


Two Firecrests were at Cossie today - in the tall trees juts beyond the far end of the main bridge. Uncharacteristically they  were feeding in the tops of the trees so very difficult to see and even more difficult to photograph. The top one is a more obliging Goldcrest.

The Lesser Scaup was by the cafe boardwalk late afternoon.

Saturday, 19 March 2016


Ceri Jones saw a Firecrest at Cosmeston this afternoon on LH side of the main 'mile road' path between the lakes beyond the far end of W lake [I guess somewhere just after the bridge].


Highlights from Cossie dog walk this morning: my first Sand Martin of the year briefly over W lake, c.20 Redwing feeding in W paddock with a Mistle Thrush, cracking view of a Cetti’s Warbler [just missed grabbing a shot :-( ], c.6 Chiffies around the hide area and the middle viewpoint, fly-by Kingfisher from the main bridge, still a few Pochard around, and the Tufted x Pochard hybrid – basically a “Pufty”! :-)

Friday, 18 March 2016


A brief look on E lake seemed to show the Lsr Scaup was back although it was distant. However when I got back round to the cafe boardwalk that bird turned out to be the Tufted X Scaup hybrid which is the middle, dusky-sided looking bird in this cropped phone pic. This is the one with the broad black bill nib.

Whilst watching that I scanned again and saw the Lsr Scaup along the shoreline adjacent the golf course, so one assumes it had returned from Lisvane.

Also noted, around 10 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare feeding on the grassy 'meadow' by Sully Brook, beyond the dovecote field, and 2 pairs of Bullfinch feeding on buds by the Med Village entrance.

Thursday, 17 March 2016


A Little Egret was in trees by W lake this morning, but apparently left later per Lol Middleton. Lol also saw 3 of the Redpolls in E paddock and a pair of Mistle Thrush. The Lesser Scaup had apparently absconded to Lisvane Reservoir in north Cardiff, acc to Facebook.

Monday, 14 March 2016


The Redpolls reported on the GBC page by Ceri Jones yesterday afternoon were still feeding along the ditch/valley on the RH side of E paddock, in fact there were 4 this morning, feeding in the trees and on the ground. Managed a couple of record shots despite having dog on lead in one hand! A fem Stonechat was in the Snipe paddock near the dragonfly pond, Green ‘Pecker calling from near the golf course. Lesser Scaup was on E lake.
Biting off a bud!

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Cosmeston a.m.

The Lsr Scaup was on W lake. Below some pix - a couple of LBB Gulls having a real tussle by the bridge, and a nice posing Nuthatch on the dragon tree. Click each one for a full size pic.

Friday, 11 March 2016


Lsr Scaup was on E lake, 1 drake Shoveler on W lake plus a few Gadwall, 2 Grey Herons [1 ad and 1 imm], Little Grebe, 2 pairs of GCG displaying, LTT, Goldcrest, 4-5 male Reed Bunting singing, and 2 Cetti's heard, 1 by main boardwalk and the other in W lake reeds. 3 Comon Gulls were sitting in line on the W lake posts - see photo.

Thursday, 10 March 2016


Some pix from today: click each one for a bigger image -
Fem Chaffinch


Reed Bunt - cd be imm male

GC Grebes displaying

Male Reed Bunt

Mistle Thrush in W paddock


Bittern and Little Egret flew into W lake this morning per Jeff Curtis. Bittern dropped out of sight into reed bed.

A fresh looking Chiffchaff was working its way down by the central path, 2 pairs of GC Grebes displaying, 3 Gadwall, c.20 Pochard, pair of Mistle Thrush in W paddock and a Green 'Pecker calling by the golf course.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016


Three Goldcrest, 2 by central path and 1 in Cogan Wood, 5 Snipe flushed from the snipe paddock, although all were silent and flew low & short, but I can't believe they were all Jacks. All only seen briefly from behind so no view of bill. Ad Green 'Pecker flew from adjacent the snipe paddock.

Monday, 7 March 2016


Highlight at Cosmeston was a pair of Treecreeper in the N flank of Cogan Wood. Lol Middleton had a m stonechat in the 'snipe paddock' but I couldn't find that, but did have a male Reed Bunt. The cafe is closed this week for refurbishment.

At Swnabridge the male Black Redstart was still on the roof of the big white house.

Saturday, 5 March 2016


The 2 Marsh Tits were active in Cogan Wood and a male GS 'Pecker showed [probably the one that was drumming yesterday]. The Lesser Scaup was on E lake but quite mobile and a brief Cetti's song heard near the main boardwalk.

Thursday, 3 March 2016


Late post for 1st Mar. Finally caught up with the 2 Marsh Tits in Cogan Wood when I wasn't really looking for them.  :-) They were flitting around by the path, about 20m before the overhanging bush where most other folk have seen them, and that is c 200m before the dragon tree - coming from the 'lake' end of the wood. Also the Lesser Scaup was on E lake and there were 30 Pochard which contained only 2 females. A Cetti's Warbler was singing by the main boardwalk.