Thursday, 30 November 2017


New birds this morning were 3 Teal [poss more in the reed edges] and 2 Med Gulls on W lake posts [per Graham Smith] one of which had a yellow leg ring. I saw one of these birds [an AdW] up by the dragonfly pond where it was pinching bread put down for the crows by my friend Lindsay.

Sunday, 26 November 2017


25th Nov a good count of 11 Gadwall on W lake plus 3 Little Grebe, 2 Heron, 6 Pochard, 1 imm drake Shoveler, 3 Buzzards over W paddock and a male Bullfinch on W lake hedgerow.

26th Nov - 3 Gadwall that I could see, 3 Pochard, 2 Buzzard W paddock,  Kingfisher flew under main bridge E lake > W lake, 1 G Spt Woodpecker flew across far end of W paddock into Cogan Wood. A few Redwing over W paddock.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


2 [a pair] Gadwall on W lake were new arrivals [for me].

Monday, 20 November 2017


c.300 Black-headed Gulls sitting on W lake in the drizzle this morning was quite impressive. In amongst them were 5 Common Gulls – a good count for the park. Otherwise a pretty dire walk.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Cosmeston fire

Absolutely appalled by the news that a few days ago the hide at Cosmeston was deliberately set on fire and has been destroyed - the fire service had to be called. This was in the middle of the day. The news is on the VoG Facebook page and has been 'shared'. The was built by volunteers and funded by donations to the park. Mindless vandalism beyond understanding. The remains are unsafe and must be removed. VoG will now look into whether it can be replaced.

Friday, 10 November 2017


There were 14 Pochard on W lake this morning - new arrivals since I last visited - and a Little Grebe. Also c.10 Redwing with a Mistle Thrush and a Green 'Pecker in W paddock. Nothing else noted during a short visit.
Work was well under way on the new Medieval Village bridge:

Saturday, 4 November 2017


Lavernock reserve late morning seemed virtually birdless, except for a Buzzard circling. Then as I walked back to the car the local Harris Hawk did a nice couple of circuits overhead. No camera sadly. On the coast path I was pleased to see a single Brambling with a few Chaffinch just past the big house.

Friday, 3 November 2017


c.30 Tufties present this morning. 2 Green 'Peckers were in E paddock, and there were a few Redwing together with 6 or more Song Thrushes in the W paddock hedgerow, plus a couple of Meadow Pipits. A Bittern has apparently been reported recently, and there was apparently a decent Starling murmuration y'day eve at around 4:30 [per Jeff Curtis].

Also 2nd hand per Phil Bristow who I met at Cossie this morning - some decent migration at Lavernock Pt with many Chaffinch, some Brambling and also Hawfinch and Crossbill over.