Tuesday, 30 January 2018


A nice sunny morning so I took a few photos during a circular walk taking in Cogan Wood. There was a Buzzard sitting in a tree by the dipping pond and another sitting on the 'snipe paddock' fence posts. 1 Treecreeper crept up below the first buzzard [see photos], 2 Goldcrests were by the central path, another Treecreeper was in Cogan Wood together with Coal, Blue Great and Long-tailed Tits and a Mistle Thrush. No show by the Marsh Tit. No change in the widfowl. Quite a few pix so small thumbnails [click on each one].

Spot the Treecreeper!

Just caught the TC as it flew off.

Treecreeper high in Cogan Wood canopy

Elderly Dragon Tree


Monday, 29 January 2018


Best this morning was a group of 5 Bullfinch feeding together on tree buds near the dip behind W lake, and a Common Gull by the 'swan feeding' area on E lake. The 2nd yr Yellow-legged Gull had been there but had flown off over the golf course [per Graham Smith].

Sunday, 28 January 2018


Pretty quiet at Cosmeston this morning, but three Bullfinch were in a tree by the far end of the car park, 6 Redwing flew over the Medieval Village, 15 Teal flew over W lake and disppeared behind Cogan Wood [poss into the small pool behind it], and a Jay was a new bird for 2018, number 115. Scoured all tree tops but Hawfinch still eludes me. GCGs were displaying.

Monday, 22 January 2018


Brief visit for short dog walk and coffee after my WeBS count. No ‘weird’ gulls this time but an absolutely stonking full ad Yellow-legged Gull on the water – no if or buts – pure shining white head, mid grey mantle and wing coverts, crisp yellow bill with red gonydeal spot, same size as adj Herring Gull. Also 1 ad Common Gull. No sign of my ‘odd’ one that is considered by some on FB to be a HG x LBBG hybrid. No photos I'm afraid.

Saturday, 20 January 2018


2nd yr Yellow-legged Gull and Common Gull at E Lake in the rain. c.20 Pochard and c.10 Gadwall W lake. Plus my 1st Nuthatch of 2018 by E lake path.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018


Pretty quiet this blustery morning when apart from the usual wildfowl, the only birds of note were 2 Redwing and a Common Gull. Also spotted this crop of Fungi at the base of a tree by Sully Brook near the Med Village.

Monday, 15 January 2018


There were approx 250 Tufted Duck this morning - at least 200 on E lake and the others on W lake. Also 1 drake Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, and 17 Pochard on W lake. 1 Common Gull noted. I had a 3rd cal yr Yellow-legged Gull 2 days ago. Have photo but not taken off camera yet.

Friday, 12 January 2018


Back after a weeks birding in Norfolk. On a short visit this morning I noted 19 Teal on W lake which is a good count for the site.

Also good news is that the leader of the Conservative Vale Council, Councillor John Thomas has decided that the proposal for a wakeboarding facility at the lakes is not to be OK'd. Although there is still an planning application in place, as landowners the Vale Council will not allow any new facility of that type to be built.