Sunday, 31 December 2017

Cosmeston

Last visit of 2017 this morning. There were 5 Wigeon on W lake plus 4 Gadwall, c.10 Pochard and 30 Tufties. One Grey Heron was in W lake island tree and another in the E lake fallen tree visible from the main bridge. There were 4 Little Grebes, 60 Canada Geese, another c.60 Tufties on E lake. A single Redwing was near the dipping pond and a Goldcrest was by the path at the back of W lake. I also had a 2 cal yr Yellow-legged Gull in the middle of E lake.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Re drones

I have learned that drones are not allowed at Cosmeston so if you see anyone flying one, please report it to the rangers straight away. Thanks.

Cosmeston

5 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe and the usual tufties and pochard W lake, pair of Wigeon E lake and a lot more Tufties, 50+ Canadas 2 G C Grebe. Buzzard in tree nr dipping pond, party of 10+ Long t Tit and what may become a bit of a pain – 2 drones, one of which was being flown from the dipping pond platform not 50m away from the Buzzard.


Male Gadwall showing speculum

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Cosmeston

A few shots from a brief circuit with the pooch this morning. A couple of the friendly Robins and a Treecreeper in the band of trees by the high path at the back of W lake. Others worth noting were a couple of fem Bullfinches, a party of 12 Long-t-Tits near the central path, 4 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes and a few flighty Redwings.





Monday, 18 December 2017

Cosmeston

Late afternoon at Cossie - very showy Kingfisher at the dragonfly pond at 3:45, 3 Wigeon still on E lake, 3 Gadwall plus the Tufties and Pochard on W lake and 40 or so TUfties on E lake, 2 Green 'Peckers behind dragonfly pond. Amazing sunset - click each pic:






Friday, 15 December 2017

Cosmeston

There were 7 Wigeon on E lake this morning, 16 Pochard on W lake and 2 visible Gadwall. 2 Little Grebe near the main bridge. Fem Bullfinch by the central path, 2 GCG, 7 Fieldfare at edge of Cogan Wood and plenty of flighty Redwing. Party of 12 Long-t Tits by path at back of W lake.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Cosmeston

Not much birding done at Cossie walk this a.m. with Anne trying out her moon boots newly issued by the Heath. However 4 Shoveler were new for me, and there were apparently 20 Teal. Sadly the v cold night resulted in the demise of 1 Mute Swan and a friend of mine found a dead Chaffinch on his walk.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Cosmeston

Bitterly cold this morning and pushing Anne in her wheelchair [ hopefully the ankle will be better soon!]. 5 Teal on W lake, 4 Gadwall and the usual group of Pochard and Tufties. Other than that, not much else noted.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Cosmeston

Incredibly wet under foot at Cossie this morning. Sully Brook was brim full and I estimate the lakes were a good 9" to 1ft above their normal level. Apart from the usual wildfowl, there were c.20 Fieldfare, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 30-40 Redwing, Song Thrushes and Blackbirds feeding along the edge of Cogan Wood [by the Dragonfly Pond path]. Also Green Woodpecker, and 2 Jay, and what could have been a Goshawk, or at least a very large fem Sprawk [only got a last minute flight view].

Friday, 8 December 2017

Cosmeston

Brief visit this morning. A Chiffchaff was in the hedgerow by the Medieval Village field. W lake had 5 Gadwall tucked in by the reeds, at least 6 Pochard and the usual Tufties, 1 Little Grebe [2 frequently showing recently], 1 Grey Heron, a Rook flew over the central path [aka Mile Road], 2 Jays and a male Bullfinch near Old Cogan Hall Farm.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Cosmeston

Mainly dog walking visit this morning. Birds noted were 15 Pochard on W lake, 4 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe, Redwings scattered around [to disperse to count], 4 Fieldfare [my first of this winter here], and I met Ian Hartrey from Penarth who had had good views of 3 Hawfinch in the band of trees that pass behind the dragonfly pond [i.e. the edge of Cogan Wood in effect]. They didn't re-show for me but hopefully they'll hang around.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Cosmeston

Just 2 Common Gulls of interest on W lake posts of interest in a short walk this morning. Yesterday there were 80 Tufted Duck on E lake. Today not counted, but a pair of Gadwall, a few Pochard on W lake.