Wednesday, 20 April 2016


These were taken during the post of yesterday's foray. Click each one for a bigger size.
Greylag admiring its reflection

Robin ringed on R leg

Common Sandpiper on W lake ledges

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Cosmeston & Lavernock

Lol Middleton and Andy Burns had a Common Redstart and a Lesser Whitethroat in the conservation area near the gate. The latter was still singing when I was there, and a Common Sand was by W lake. I had a G S Pecker drumming and calling in Cogan Wood and there were 3 Buzzards circling and a couple of Sparrowhawks were seen by Lol & co. 3 Blackcaps were singing near the Med. Village and 2 others seen, and a Cetti’s was singing by the ‘new’ dipping pond.

At Lavernock, sadly it seems that sone serious vandalism has been meted out at the WWII gun battery which is a historical monument. I understand from the Cossie park ranger that the police, Cadw and Vale staff were there this morning. Very sad that some people are so mindless as to do this sort of thing for 'fun'.

Friday, 15 April 2016


A pair of Peregrines were hunting along the cliffs this morning, giving a good display including a couple of spectacular stoops which ended in failure. Also 1 Common Whitethroat, several Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcaps. 

Monday, 11 April 2016


After the rain had gone - this afternoon 1 male Wheatear in W paddock, and an adult Little Egret with full head plumes on the far shore of W lake - also 2 Grey Heron there and a few Swallow flying thro'. male Blackcaps were on the RHS just past the bridge, at least 3 Willow Warbler singing and a few Chiffies.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016


Hoards of people this morning an a but quiet bird-wise. Some random pix including a pair of Mute Swans displaying but never quite assuming the classic 'heart' position.

Dog Violet

Monday, 4 April 2016


4 male Blackcaps this morning incl 2 singing, also Willow Warbler, Cetti's & Chiffchaff singing, plus 3 different Mistle Thrushes in song. 4 Buzzards circling incl a lot of mewing from one pair. No sign of y'day's Bittern, which was prob the latest date for a Bittern at Cosmeston. There were 8 GC Grebes y'day.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Cosmeston late morning part II

Some further pix from this morning.  The Hybrid duck, the Lesser Scaup back again and a Wren singing by the cafe and what I think is a Yellow-legged Gull in its 2nd yr.

Cosmeston late morning

Bittern was showing well for about 20-30 mins in a small clump of reeds left of the Sand Martin 'bank' - this despite a couple with 2 children walking right through the middle of the no access conservation area, going right above where the Bittern was. On E lake Lesser Scaup and hybrid Poch x Tufty and what I think was a 2nd cal yr Yellow-legged Gull but will have to check age (it had the dusky grey mantle but flight feathers & coverts still brownish). Also Swallow, 20-30 Sand Martin, Willow Wblr, Chiffchaff & Cetti's Wblr singing. There was also a fem Wheatear in the large field beyond the snipe paddock but disappeared when flushed by a walker. Below, 3 record shots of the Bittern - click for a bigger image.

Friday, 1 April 2016


Late afternoon walk with Flynn, and what are going down in my book as 2 Willow Warblers by the central path. Neither was singing or calling but pale pinkish legs [yes I know they're not 100% foolproof], combined with long wings cf nearby Chiffchaff, 'clean, sleek' looking plumage and no tail dipping, was good enough for me.