Wednesday, 9 October 2019


A little activity this morning. The W paddock hedge produced 4 fem and 1 male Blackcap, 4 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting, and a Goldcrest and a Coal Tit, both unusual species for that stretch of hedge. There was a light passage of Swallows overhead and over W lake I had a House Martin in with some Swallows. The usual suspects on the water. The recent pair of Pochard seem to have departed.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

A Sparrowhawk flew across Sully Brook near the Medieval Village/Mile Road junction. c.30 House Martin feeding high above there. Kingfisher flew under main bridge and along the shoreline of E lake - first I've seen for a while. 4 Linnet in W paddock and light Swallow passage over, plus a single Raven.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019


In a quick walk round this morning, in E. paddock there was 1 Clouded Yellow, nice to see, 1 fem Blackcap, 20-30 Goldfinch and a Jay. A few Swallows were passing over, and an adult Little Grebe was with 1 fully grown young, and the GC Grebes have a full grown youngster too.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019


Morning walk round. 3 Spotted Flycatchers [1 by Sully Brook nr adjacent entrance/exit to Cogan Wood], and 1 Stonechat and a fem Blackcap there, 2 Spot Flys W paddock [just before dip down to the snipe paddock], 1 fem Common Redstart W paddock hedgerow mid way along, 1 male Blackcap and 3 Reed Bunting and another Stonechat in snipe paddock bushes, 1 ad Green Woodpecker. Graham Smith had a couple of Yellow Wags in a ploughed field above Sully Brook.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019


Been away for a week! 2 drake Pochard on W lake this morning were new arrivals for me. A Raven flew over W paddock, and 1 poss 2 Redstart were seen by the W paddock hedge [Graham Smith] although I couldn't find them myself during a brief look. Jeff Curtis had a Spot Fly by the lower dovecote field. 2 poss 3 Stonechat were near the snipe paddock [50m beyond the dragonfly pond].

Thursday, 29 August 2019


At Cosmeston this afternoon [3:45 approx] managed to find the two Whinchat that had been reported earlier today, feeding along the W paddock hedgerow, either on the hedge or in the adjacent long ground cover. Also a Chiffchaff there. Couldn't find the Wheatear that had been reported this morning. Quite a few Sand Martin and Swallow over W lake.
Here's a pic of one of them:

Wednesday, 28 August 2019


Assorted pickings at Cosmeston this morning before the rain - a pretty grown up humbug [juv Gt Crested Grebe for those not familiar with the terminology!], a fungus in the edge of Cogan Wood [ID anyone?], and a very smart Small Copper. Also 1 Common Whitethroat seen and 3 Green Woodpeckers and a few Sand Martin and Swallows passing through.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019


Nice to see the Autumn Ladies Tresses are at last in flower. First found some in 2017 in E paddock and they've increased - 20 spikes found this morning in E paddock - 13 where the main path forks right, down into the gully and 7 on the LHS on the way up the path from the kissing gate at the E lake end. Young Water Vole was very obliging in the dipping pond [has been for two days]. A Hawker there [probably Migrant] and a juv Moorhen.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019


4 adult Little Grebe present in a brief walk this morning. One pair with a half grown young [they did have two] and another adult pair. About 50 Sand Martin feeding over W lake and a few House Martin over E lake near the golf course.

Saturday, 10 August 2019


Rather late doing a sea watch [other commitments] so from 13:10 to about 14:15, just 3 Fulmar, and 2 Gannet [1 ad and 1 2nd yr] down channel from the searchlight 'shelter', which felt as if it would be blown off its foundations at times! Much earlier, Phil Bristow had 2 Arctic Skuas, a single Storm Petrel, many Manxie, and a flock of Common Scoter, all d/c.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Cosmeston 8th Aug

A confiding Jay was by the central viewpoint, looking a bit ragged around the head. Poss a moulted juv? or an adult that's been busy with feeding juvs. Two pairs of Little Grebes one pair of which have 2 small chicks.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

In W paddock, flock of c.15 Long-tailed Tits with 3+ Willow Warbler and some Blue Tits. Also folk of 20+ Goldfinch with at least 2 Greenfinch in attendance. 1 Green Woodpecker in W paddock. On W lake near the bridge a pair of Little Grebe with 2 very small chicks - either a second brood or another pair, as there was a full grown imm a few weeks ago. Ad fem Blackbird feeding a fully grown youngster between the cafe and the office building. Think they have nested in nearby bramble.
Also nice view of an ad Water Vole by the dipping pond, grooming itself.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

An imm male Common Redstart was a nice surprise in a hawthorn bush south of the dragonfly pond near the lower gap in the W paddock hedgerow. It flew off into the nearby edge of Cogan Wood. Also 1 Willow Warbler, ad Green Woodpecker in W paddock on the dragonfly pond side of the hedge, and a pair of Gt Crested Grebes on E lake with 2 half grown young. These are either a second brood for the pair that had a single surviving chick raised to maturity earlier, or a late brood from another pair. Had no idea there was another nest.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Cosmeston 2nd Aug

Some passerine activity along the central west paddock hedgerow this morning with a party of Long-tailed Tits accompanied again by Willow Warbler, Blue Tits, a Greenfinch! , a few Linnets and Goldfinch. The Wren popped up near me by the central viewpoint along the main path. Didn't realise until I looked at the photo on the computer that in my first shot of it, it had a Harvestman in its beak. Just liked the juv Moorhen pretending to be a skulky rare Crake! And the last one, a Devil's Coach Horse Beetle {Ocypus olens} a species of rove beetle. Haven't seen one for ages. Also had 3 Painted Ladies in a brief visit b4 rushing off to the dentist.

Thursday, 1 August 2019


A little action today. A party of around 10 Long-tailed Tits, mostly juvs, together with a few Phyllosc warblers including what was at least one Willow Warbler as per photo, plus two Painted Lady butterflies. Many other less too – Meadow Browns, Red Admiral x 4, lots of 6-Spot Burnet moths. Emperor, Common Darter and Black-tailed Skimmer dragons at the dipping pond.
Emperor ovipositing

Common Darter

Black-tailed Skimmer


Long-tailed Tit

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

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