Tuesday, 23 July 2019


A pair of Common Darters 'in cop' at the dipping pond - [pretty sure they're not Red-veined], and a Painted Lady in W paddock - not an invasion yet and only the second one I've seen in the park recently [plus 1 in our garden]. I also had a brief view of a Hummingbird Hawk Moth in W paddock - it was flying in front of me and appeared to settle but I couldn't relocate it, so no photo.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

The usual suspects bird-wise. 3 GC Grebes on W lake and an ad Little Grebe. No show by any Water Voles but lots of Emperor dragonflies. Also quite a few of what I think are Meadow Grasshoppers – see pic. Click on each pic for a full sized one. Fab year for flowers too – now in flower is Centaury, Yellow Wort, Common Melilot, Ladies Bedstraw, and lots of Common Fleabane, Eyebright and Wild Parsnip.

juv Moorhen

juv Blue Tit

Saturday, 20 July 2019


Pretty blustery this morning. c.20 Sand Martin, 1 Swift and a few Swallows feeding over W lake, Green 'Pecker calling from nr Medieval Village, a few butterflies despite the wind - Meadow Brown, 6-Spot Burnet moth x 2, Small Skipper, Ringlet, and 1 Common Blue.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Cosmeston 13th Jul

A rather coy Water Vole was feeding at the dipping pond in amongst the irises, and an imm Little Grebe was at the north-east  end of E lake.


A couple of female Emperors were ovipositing in the new pond by the decorative bridge.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

These were all taken this morning. A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. Then at the southern end of W lake, what I'm sure is a Red-veined Darter, which at one point occupied a perch that 2 Azure Damselflies wanted to use! Pretty sure it's a Red-veined although waiting for confirmation from Facebook friends. There are red veins in the forewings and there seems to be the required yellowish patch at the base of the hindwing in one pic. The lower half of the eye shd be blueish and there is a hint of that in a couple of the pix. There have been quite a few Red-veined Darters around in the last few days.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Cosmeston - last couple of days

Quiet bird-wise but dragonflies have been the interest. A Lesser Emperor was patrolling the Water Bistort in the W lake 'bay' on 5th and 6th July - too flighty and distant for photos. There were also several Red-veined Darters [one pic below] and good numbers of Black-tailed Skimmers, including a pair 'in cop' near the dragonfly pond [see below] and an Emperor using a regular flight path at the dragonfly pond enabled a couple of dodgy flight shots.
Black-tailed Skimmer male

Red-veined Darter male

Pair of Black-tailed Skimmers



Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Cosmeston 3rd Jul 2019

Very warm today. Quite a few Small Skippers on the wing - managed to photograph one. Also some interesting insects I've yet to get an ID on. Two Goldfinch by the far entrance to Cogan Wood, one carrying nest material, and a LBBG coming in to take bread put down by my mate Brian [on behalf of Lindsay the 'Ollie' man.
Update the three small bugs on the umbellifer are Sawflies, probably Bramble Sawflies,  and the large evil looking Fly is a Flesh Fly.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019


Yesterday a Kingfisher was sitting in the fallen dead tree on E lake shore visible from the main bridge. Today in W paddock, a group of juv birds – Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin and Dunnock. Song Thrush and 4 Goldfinch there and one Song Thrush in Cogan Wood, juv Blackbird in Cogan Wood, 6 Swift over W lake plus a few Sand Martins. 3 Rook flew over W paddock – not often seen at Cossie.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019


Very windy this morning so no birds of note, but walking through W paddock I discovered another area of Bee Orchids, about 50 in all, approx 20ft in front eh gap through the hedge. It's a very good year for Bee Orchids.

Monday, 3 June 2019


Nicer day today so more insects on the wing. Quite a few Blue-tailed Damselflys along the mile road, a Burnet Companion moth [my first ever], Common Blue Damselfly, and a White Ermine moth. Also found 12 spikes of Bee Orchid in W paddock.

Sunday, 2 June 2019


Dampness this morning brought out the molluscs. Finally found a lone Greater Butterfly Orchid. The 5 Canada goslings seem to be doing well, but the Mute Swan pair seem to have lost 4 of their 5 cygnets.

Saturday, 1 June 2019


Cosmeston absolutely heaving with people today. The large filming base and huge marquee as part of it taking up half the car park didn't help. Not much bird activity but floral interest. My first Pyramidal Orchid seen in flower near E paddock, lots of Pale Flax [much more than in the last few years], daisies, Scarlet Pimpernel. Common Blue Damselfly. Lastly the sad sight of a morbid adult Mute Swan in the W lake bay. Reported to the rangers. Its position in the water looked odd with the head just sagging in the water and the brown stain all down its neck. Ranger was going to check for foul play.
Pyramidal Orchid

Oxeye Daisy
Pale Flax

Scarlet Pimpernel

Common Blue Damselfly

Pale Flax flower

the Morbid Mute Swan

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

A few pix taken this morning, walking the dog. Examples of the Bee Orchids in E Paddock and a Common Spotted Orchid, colony of Tree [Bumble] Bees [on an Ivy covered post on mile road],  a worn fem Commnon Blue butterfly in W paddock, and mum Canada goose with 5 bundles of fluff. For info, the Tree Bumblebees {Bombus hypnorum} are apparently a recent [since 2001] colonist in the UK.