Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

Of note this morning: 2 Mistle Thrush in W paddock, one of which then sang in the edge of Cogan Wood, 3 Blackcap singing in E edge of Cogan Wood, 1 Willow Warbler there, both Kingfishers were perched near where they nested last yr on the W bank of E lake. 2 Buzzards were 'mewing' over the car park.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019


A buzzard was in the same tree as the other day. I saw one of the Kingfishers exit from the E lake bank by the mile road where they nested last year, and it then alighted in an adjacent overhanging bush for about 5 mins. Possibly nesting already? A Treecreeper was in trees by the boardwalk path/Mile Road junction [3rd time I've seen one there]. On W lake I watched a vicious battle initially between 2 'pairs' of Coot, then 2 others joined in. They were going hammer and tongs and it looked as tho' one of each fighting pair was trying to drown the other. This went on for about 10 minutes! A pair of Greenfinch together behind W lake on the elevated path was an unusual sight these days.
Finally a 2nd cal yr Yellow-legged Gull was on E lake.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

A Buzzard was sitting in a tree overlooking the dipping pond. Below, a Moorhen is now incubating. On W lake an aggressive Coot was vigorously chasing off the Tufted Ducks. At least one Shoveler still present. Otherwise pretty quiet.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019


1 Greylag Goose on E lake. Saw 2 Treecreepers this morning - 1 by the S. entrance to Cogan Wood and the other by the SW corner of E lake. 4 Reed Buntings chasing through the E lake reeds and 2 more by the bird table. Buzzard circling over the car park. 2 drake Shoveler on W lake plus 1 ad Little Grebe and 1 Gadwall visible.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

Highlights this morning. Three Sand Martin and a single House Martin over W lake, drake Scaup under the tree by the end of the reed bed on W lake [presumably back from Cardiff Bay] and a pair of Shoveler under there too. Chiffchaff fly-catching by the main bridge. Park very very busy.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Cosmeston a.m.

Chiffchaff singing in the same place as yesterday, this morning. Treecreeper on tree opp the end of the Med Village path. Pr Shoveler sheltering under the trees by W lake reed bed, 1 drake Pochard that I could see, 4 Gadwall and the usual Tufties. No sign of Scaup.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Cosmeston late morning.

Chiffchaff singing on path between the 2 lakes. 2 mistle thrush W paddock. Jack Snipe just flushed from adj the wire fence of the 'snipe paddock' which is the wire fenced area on LHS past the end of the W paddock hedge. It flew 50 yds and landed on the other side somewhere. Also 3 Greenfinch there - bit of a rarity at Cossie.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Lavernock WT and Cosmeston

A few photos from yesterday's windy experience. A couple of squalls moved up-channel over north Somerset, giving gloomy images of Flat Holm and Steep Holm. Nice to see Primrose in bloom at Lavernock, and an odd-looking fungus at Cosmeston.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Lavernock WT Reserve & Cosmeston

Extremely windy at Lavernock so pretty quiet on the small birds front. Total birds seen - 6 Magpie, 4 Crow, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Dunnock singing, Woodpigeon, 1 Buzzard and Pheasant heard.
Ditto at Cosmeston - of interest 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Buzzard, c.10 Pochard, 3 Gadwall, Tufties down to about 30-40.