Monday, 30 April 2018

Cosmeston

Pretty quiet again. There was a pair of Jays coming down to the edge of Mile Road near the bridge, being unusually confiding, and caught in the act of collecting nest material [it's not often you can report probable breeding of Jay]. A drake Pochard in W lake bay was a little unexpected at this time of year. In the long narrow meadow by Sully Brook [beyond the Dovecote field gate], there were 2 Common Whitethroats, one of which I managed to grab a shot of in song [pretty hefty crop tho'], and a Lesser Whitethroat was singing there too. Click each pic for a bigger one.






Sunday, 29 April 2018

Cosmeston

Morning: 1 Gadwall still hanging around - in middle of E lake this morning. O/W pretty quiet. Small passage W of Swallows. The Grey Heron was along the near shore of W lake, not far from the middle view point.



Friday, 27 April 2018

Cosmeston

A flock of 20+ Black-tailed Godwits flew E over E Lake this morning whilst I was having coffee in the cafe watching the rain and chatting to Phil Bristow [who spotted the birds as they flew in to sight from the west. Also a Sprawk had a go at a Swallow but missed. Have seen 1 Blackwit at Cosmeston before, on 30th Aug 2016 when 1 did a couple of circuits of W lake but decided not to drop in.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Cosmeston

Nowt around W paddock due to 2 gentlemen with 6 dogs which they were yelling at to get in the undergrowth and catch a rabbit. The dogs ran through every sq in of cover. V quiet overall, just 1 Swallow seen. Best was 1 Common Sand on the far E lake shore. 1 Comm Whitethroat singing near dipping pond, Reed Wblr singing in E lake reeds. Along the rd by the Med Village 2 Speckled Woods and a Comma. Also what I think were 2 Yellow-legged gulls on E lake, an ad and the 3rd cal yr bird that’s been around quite some time. Pr of GC Grebes were ‘dancing’ on E lake and the other pair have a nest on W lake near where the old hide was. There were plenty of tadpoles in the dipping pond. plus an unwanted resident in the shape of a Terrapin. Nice clump of Bluebells by the side of the cafe.



Comma

Herb Robert



Monday, 23 April 2018

Cosmeston

Cold wind this morning. Nevertheless signs of spring: a Lesser Whitethroat was singing in bushes on the left about 100m past the dragonfly pond and poss another, heard only and farther away. Also these:
 This is a Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva

 Probably a Dog Violet - there are many in the west paddock

 Hawthorn blossom

Cowslips

Friday, 20 April 2018

Cosmeston

 No sign of Wayne Strong's Woodlark of late yesterday afternoon/early eve. Very quiet really until a Red Kite appeared over Cogan Wood, then 2 then 3 and then 4! They circled and gradually gained height and drifted off to the west. Managed to grab a few shots before they got too high.



Thursday, 19 April 2018

Cosmeston

Pretty quiet despite the nice weather. A Kingfisher was fishing from a small bush on the far side of W lake [from the Mile Road]. 2 Gt Spotted Woodpeckers present today -1 near the far end of E paddock [heard by Anne] and 1 in the edge of Cogan Wood near the dragonfly pond which was drumming and then seen in flight. Also 2 Buzzard circling over Cogan Wood. Jeff Curtis had a Common Whitethroat in the W paddock hedge at around 8:30. Also seen, 2 Brimstone and 1 Comma. A Blue Tit was arranging nest material in the box on the wall of the office building.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Cosmeston

Highlight of a brief visit in the rain this morning, was 15 Swallows sitting in a tree on the mile road between the two lakes, twittering away amongst themselves. An ad Grey Heron was on the far side ot W lake.
Seen recently - 2 Weasels running back & forth across the mile road by the first kissing gat on the RHS that gives access to E paddock; 1 Bank Vole by the 'witches pool' - small reedy pool on the RHS as you go up the slope from the dip at the far end of W lake; 1 Water Vole by the dipping pond boardwalk, near the car park.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Cosmeston

Nice surprise this morning was a singing Sedge Warbler in the E lake reeds. Couldn't see it but it was very audible. A Peregrine flew S over Cogan Wood and a Sprawk came in the opposite direction. Coot with chicks in W lake bay and a GC Grebe is sitting on a nest there. Pair of Blackcap seen together in the wooded area near the bird table. 2 adult herons were sitting on the large owl? nest boxes on poles in W lake island, but they flew off. Also at the start of the mile road when I arrived an huge ruccus between a pair of Mistle Thrushes and a Crow., I'm assuming they must have a nest in the area - this was near the wooden bridge.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Cosmeston

No sign of the Redstart that my friend Wayne Strong saw yesterday in W. Paddock. There are 3 Gadwall still hanging around in the small bay of W lake [2 drakes and a duck]. Several Blackcaps around the wooded area opposite the wooden bridge by mile road. A 3rd yr Yellow-legged Gull is still around on E lake with the Lesser Black-backs. It has a clean white head, still brown colouration on the flight feathers, but the 'saddle', mantle, or upper back is that warm grey colour typical of YLGulls. Quite a few Swallows seen this morning too.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Cosmeston

Also in Cossie this morning along the edge of Cogan Wood - Jelly Ear fungus. I also took a pic of the leaves because they were just buds yesterday in the same spot. It was remarkable how the overnight rain and rise in temp had caused the whole patch of woodland to turn green.


Cosmeston

Cosmeston late a.m. Best was a surprise first for me at Cossie - a Marsh Harrier circling over W paddock, harassed and eventually chased off by LBBGulls. For once I hadn't taken the 'proper' camera so struggled to get the bridge camera to focus but managed 1 record shot. At least 6 Blackcap noted singing plus Chiffies and a couple of Willow Warbler. Also had my first Swallows - 3 flew through over W paddock with a lone Sand Martin. There were also 2 Buzzards over Cogan Wood. Nice fungus in the edge of Cogan Wood. The leaves in the photo were just buds yesterday - amazing what a drop of rain can do!


Thursday, 5 April 2018

Cosmeston

Cossie this morning. Not much to report. A fem type Scaup was sleeping on W lake and there was a drake Shoveler there too. A Peregrine shot through over Cogan Wood. Other than that Chiffie, Willow Warbler and Blackcap singing. Grabbed a couple of shots of a Chiffie, incl in full song, and a Buzzard overlooking W lake. A Coot was on a nest on E lake. The Celandines are looking nice and there are some Common Spotted Orchids in leaf. Also saw a jelly like organism on the ground at the back of W lake - yet to be ID'd [see photo]. Click each photo for a bigger one.







Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Cosmeston

Pretty quiet this morning. There was a Willow Warbler along the mile road, a fresh Woodpecker sp hole in a tree in Cogan Wood [nothing cam dot it whilst I was there], and a pair of Green Woodpeckers were vocal along the stretch of mile road by W. paddock. No hirundines at all 11:00 - 12:00.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Cosmeston

Lots of people this morning but easy to get away from the crowds if you brave the muddy areas! Of interest was a Willow Warbler singing in the wooded area near the bird table, a couple of Chiffchaff singing in Cogan Wood area and a long the back of W lake. One of the GCGs seems to be sitting [see photo] and a Nuthatch was fairly confiding by the seed-loaded dragon tree in Cogan Wood. Also a 2nd cal yr Yellow-legged Gull as out in the  middle of E lake. Click each pic for a bigger one.