Monday, 27 March 2017


Deleted my original post re Cosmeston Ring-necked Duck having been down again this afternoon and got some better photos. As said previously it was found by Graham Smith this morning on E lake associating with a few Tufties. Late morning there was also an Ad Yellow-legged Gull, however this afternoon an imm Iceland Gull was present, mostly mid lake but did come close enough for the record shote below. Mid -late afternoon the R-n Duck came quite close to shoreline where the Swans usually hang out. You can see the chestnut neck band which gives it its name, in a couple of the shots.

Saturday, 25 March 2017


Some spring colour this morning, and a telephoto shot of the so-called 'mile road'. Pretty quiet late morning bird-wise. Dog Violets & Primroses.

Friday, 24 March 2017


Nice to bump in to the GBC ex Chairman, Adrian Murch out & about today with ace Swift box installer, Howard Driver [pic gallery soon to appear on the web site]. Not much of bird interest – c.20-30 Sand Martin fairly high over E lake with a few House Martins, pair of Mistle Thrush and another singing, a pair of Gadwall were the only duck on W lake, and several Chiffchaff along the central path. Nearly forgot – a spectacular aerial display by a pair of Sparrowhawks over the edge of Cogan Wood. At first I thought it was display with the female slow wing flapping and fanning out the undertail, but after much tumbling and locking of talons she chased him off. This followed a lone male about 15 mins earlier which flew across W paddock and disappeared over the golf course.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Feeding ducks & swans at Cosmeston

Further to my post about the Swans and the effect of algal blooms and bacteria caused by rotting bread, please see this page on the VoG web site:


4 House Martin and c.6 Sand Martin at Cosmeston this morning, over the central path near the main bridge. Chiffie singing but no Willow Wblr. Pr of GCG displaying, and ad + juv Heron still present W lake.
Re the Swans, there is now a notice by the LH  door of the cafe re not feeding bread to the ducks & swans, however it's not in a very prominent position.

Friday, 17 March 2017


This Mute Swan is suffering from the so-called 'flamingo swan' condition, caused by algal bloom and/or bacteria as a result of too much white bread being thrown in the water, the untouched stuff forming a rotting mulch. This example is extreme, and the damage to the flight feathers is very clear. Fortunately the rangers have contacted Swan Rescue who are coming to take this particular bird away for treatment. If you do feed the wildfowl at Cossie please don't use white bread. Granary is better, but best is grain - small bags are sold at the info centre for just a £1. This is what the WWT feed to the wild Whooper and Bewick's Swans in the winter.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Just a short section of the Penarth - Lavernock coast path. Didn't go as far as where Andy Burns was [see Facebook] so missed the Harris's Hawk. Could have been the reason [together with the Pere] some airborne gulls were making a lot of noise. First things were in two's - 2 male Bullfinch, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Long-t Tits, then 4 Chiffies and a small flock of Linnet.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


No Wheatear this morning. A Kingfisher was fishing by E lake, from bushes by the central path, and a couple of Chiffchaff were feeding along the latter. Ad Grey Heron sitting in W lake reeds, & 2 male Reed Bunts noted.

Monday, 13 March 2017


A smart male Wheatear was in W paddock at Cosmeston late morning, and a Chiffchaff was in trees by the bridge. A Brimstone was in flight along by the medieval village. Still ` couple of Pochard lingering on W lake and 2 Gadwall that I could see.

Saturday, 11 March 2017


Back from Lanzarote and now stomping [or squelching at the mo.] round Cossie again. No Sand Martins, but W lake had 6 Gadwall, 2 male Pochard, a pair of Shoveler, and 2 Grey Herons - 1 ad in the edge of the W lake reeds and an imm bird sitting on the posts.