Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Cosmeston

There were 3 drake Pochard on W lake this morning, my first of this autumn/winter. A flock of c.100 Goldfinch was in W paddock and contained 3-4 Linnet, and a couple of Mipits. In trees in the snipe paddock there were 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Reed Bunting, and there was a fem Blackcap by W paddock. Finally there was a male Gt Spotted 'Pecker in a tree near the main boardwalk.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Cosmeston

There was a Cetti's Warbler singing its head off on the RHS at the end of the main boardwalk before it goes under the trees, this morning. First I've heard there for quite some time. A Sparrowhawk had a go at a flock of c.50 Goldfinch near the dragonfly pond. Otherwise v quiet, although there was apparently some good vis mig at Lavernock earlier [per Jeff Curtis/Graham Smith]. There are apparently huge numbers of Linnet in the coastal fields, and this morning Graham found a morbid juv Common Rosefinch!! - which had been predated judging by its injuries.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Cosmeston

The Hobby was still around this morning. I saw it briefly as it disappeared over Cogan Wood, having come from the W lake direction. It was seen yesterday afternoon hawking dragonflies over W lake, and has been seen over the children’s playground area. A flock of c. 50-60 Hirundines was over W lake and higher this morning, comprised of House Martins and Swallows. I had a brief Sparrowhawk yesterday and a couple of Chiffchaffs at the far end of E paddock, plus what I am sure were 3 Redwing. If they called I didn’t hear it, although that’s par for the course these days! but they flew over me in silhouette so no markings seen but the flight was typical Redwing and they dived into cover in a bank with lots of Hawthorn berries. I searched that for a while but couldn’t locate them. A pair of Stonechat are hanging out around the snipe paddock.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Cosmeston

A lot of hirundines in a mixed flock of c.100 at Cosmeston this morning - mainly Swallow and House Martin but a few Sand Martin as well. It may account for the Hobby that flew over the cafe heading towards Lavernock where it may still be - this was at around 1 p.m. Probably the bird that Graham Smith saw couple of days ago. Also a Sparrowhawk flew over. Male Stonechat by the snipe paddock.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Cosmeston

No posts for a while - been away, then been busy!.
There were 3 Bearded Tits in the E lake reeds then in the W lake reeds on 29th Sep, found by Jeff Curtis. They apparently left yesterday - reported as flying off high late afternoon by Wayne Strong.

Today: Mass invasion! There were 140+ Canada Geese at Cosmeston this morning. Large movement of House Martins - v approx estimate of c100 feeding low and high over both lakes.