Saturday, 30 June 2018


Just for good measure here's another photo of this morning's Cuckoo in a slightly different pose.


Surprise this morning was a nice Cuckoo on the fence posts of the 'snipe paddock'. Took lots of shots as I tried to carefully stalk it using the opposite hedge as something to creep along close to without breaking the sky line. This is the best of the shots I got when I was as close as I dared without flushing it. It's still quite a crop as you can see compared to the original below it. Also present a fem Mallard with 8 very small ducklings on W lake and 7 Black-headed Gulls, the first since the winter. An ad Grey Heron was in a tree by the main bridge.

Thursday, 28 June 2018


A number of 6-Spot Burnets on the wing in the Sully Brook meadow this morning, and a fem Beautiful Demoiselle by the dovecote filed kissing gate.
6-Spot Burnet moth

Beautiful Demoiselle female

Wednesday, 27 June 2018


Pretty quiet this morning as it's too hot. Did see one of the Kingfisher pair from the main bridge, on the dead tree by the E lake shore, plus the pair of GC Grebes with 2 now pretty advanced young. Emperor dragonflies were ovipositing in the dipping pond and I had a Comma on the main path in Cogan Wood. Several Swift flew over the meadow by Sully Brook accompanied by a few Swallows.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018


Interesting little moth I found recently, both in E paddock and W paddock. It's a micro moth, called Pyrausta purpuralis. It has no common or vernacular name, but is closely related to the Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata. Its small size can be seen compared to the single clover flower head it is resting on.

Monday, 18 June 2018


Stars of the show at Cosmeston this morning - ratty [i.e. of Wind in the Wilows fame] - Water Vole at the dipping pond. There were two feeding at the far end.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Odd Green Woodpecker[s] - update

A follow up re my melanisitc Green Woodpecker of 8th Jun. I thought I had it again today when a dark looking Green Pecker came & landed on a post by the dragonfly pond, whilst I was sitting on the bench opposite. Hence I got a better shot and I think it's a different bird, but still with unusually dark plumage for a Green Pecker. I've posted both photos here to compare. The second one is clearly a male [red in moustache] and does have some green tinges on the upper parts but there's still a lot of very dark plumage there. Any thoughts? Agree they re diff birds? Top bird was on the 8th, bottom bird today.

Monday, 11 June 2018


There were 7 adult Gt Crested Grebes present today, including the pair with 1 young. One of the Kingfishers was trying to fish from the horizontal dead tree on E lake visible from the main bridge. Common Whitethroat doing its song flight from by the dipping pond. Also yesterday 2 male Beautiful Demoiselles were by Sully Brook near the Dovecote field kissing gate, plus a female, and a fem Broad-bodied Chaser was near the dipping pond.
Beautiful Demoiselle male
Beautiful Demoiselle female

Broad-bodied Chaser female

Saturday, 9 June 2018


A lot of Odonata ovipositing going on. Looks like a Sprawk had a kill near the dipping pond, and found another Bee Orchid, this time in W paddock nr the RH fence and there's a lovely Lily in flower in the dipping pond, with more to come. No sign of yesterdays melanistic Green 'Pecker which has generated a lot of likes and re-tweets on Twitter.

Odd bird at Cosmeston

Yesterday at Cosmeston this got my pulse racing for a short while until I got my binos on to it. It's a melansitic Green Woodpecker and was calling in the 'snipe paddock' for a while. I managed to grab a photo whilst it was perched in view - it's a big crop for the original but you can see what it is. I posted it on Twitter and it generated quite a lot of interest and 'likes' [132!], and 24 re-tweets. Had another look for it today but no luck although I did hear a Green 'Pecker call briefly in the same area. You can just make out the black moustache but as you can see all the upper parts are dark brownish black.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Lavernock & Cosmeston

Had a nice couple of short walks round Lavernock reserve and Cosmeston this morning. Lavernock first field had 2 very vocal scolding Comm Whitethroats so poss young present. Also Lsr Whitethroat sang briefly in second field nr the pond. Nice juv Blackbird there. Also 7 spikes of Pyramidal Orchids just coming out, and Ragged Robin in the first field.
At Cosmeston a few young birds - Magpie and a fam group of Crows, and the GCG pair are now down to one young from 2. Also plenty of young Coot, 7 young Moorhen in the dipping pond and 3 Canada Goose goslings still.

Thursday, 7 June 2018


Quite a variety if wildlife at the park at the moment. Orchids coming into flower, Dragonflies & Damselflies, young birds.
Common Spotted Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid

Southern Marsh Orchid

Large Skipper

Black-tailed Skimmer

4-Spotted Chaser

4-Spotted Chaser

Canada Goose gosling 1 of three

Imm Grey Heron

Monday, 4 June 2018

Cosmeston a.m.

Lots of dragonflys and damselflys out today. 4 Spot Chaser below. Also as I walked through the grass on the hill above the dragonfly pond, the Treble Bar moth shown below, flushed and settled again. Finally a confiding Crow - one of the may that my friend Lindsey feeds bread to throughout the year. They follow him around.
At the dipping pond a Common Whitethoat gave its full fluttery singing song flight and I'm pretty sure there's a family group of Reed Warblers in the reeds there. The MNoorhen pair there still have 7 young, and the remaining 1 of the original 6 Mallard ducklings now has stubby wings.