Monday, 22 April 2019


A very nice surprise this morning when looking for Common and Lesser Whitethroats down by Sully Brook - looked up to see what I thought were 2 high gulls, then the flight of one drew my attention - bins up and wow! male Hen Harrier circling high overhead! A first for me for the site. Two pix below are big crops, the other showing the original of one of them. Taken with EOS 80D with Canon 100-400 MKII and 1.4 converter MKIII at 400mm and man focus!

One of the originals before cropping etc.

Friday, 19 April 2019


A few photos taken at Cosmeston this morning: a pair of Reed Buntings by the dipping pond; 3 nests on W lake L>R Coot, Mute Swan and GT Crested Grebe, a second GC GRebe nest and a Buzzard overhead.


1 Treecreeper by the Mile Road, halfway towards the first viewpoint, 3 Coot nests by W lake, 2 Mute Swan nests and 2 Gt Crested Grebe nests. Song Thrush singing, Cetti's Warbler singing again by E lake reeds, 1 Swallow through.
Something must be done about the gaps by the path behind and above W lake. This morning a couple were walking right through the conservation area, the man walking right up to the waterline and flushing a coot of its nest, then flushing a foraging Heron. He wasn't even keeping to the 'path' through there. Then a whole family on the high area above W lake who I spoke to. They said they had entered via "the path" off the main path - i.e. through the well defined gap along there. It would be peanuts to block that gap with a couple of posts and some railings and a sign - it would be a fraction of the cost of the recent complete refurbishment of the railings around the middle viewpoint on the Mile Road. There's a similar obvious gap that looks like access, near the small wet pond just up the steep slope in the path by the far end of the conservation area. The only signs saying "No access" are on fences or gates where people are less likely to enter anyway.


Late news from a visit in 17th Apr:
On the reserve - 3 Blackcap singing, 2 Blackbird singing, Gt Tit, Pheasant, 1 Jay, Chiffchaff singing, Robin, Crow, Magpie, Woodpigeon, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Dunnock singing, 1 Swallow over, pair of Bullfinch feeding pop the entrance to Marconi chalets.
Lavernock Pt. - Crows nest with ad sitting, in tree by Church House, Pheasant, 2 Blackbird, Goldfinch, Blackcap singing, 3 Robin. This was just between Church House and the first big field on the coast path.

Monday, 15 April 2019


Last few days - A Cetti's Warbler has been singing for 3 consecutive days in the E lake reeds area. Yesterday there were 50+ Sand Martin over the lakes plus a couple of House Martin. Today just a single Swallow and Sand Martin. The Kingfisher was sitting outside the nest bank on E lake, same place as on 12th Apr. The Coot's nest at the dragonfly pond was devoid of life as was the pond itself. Can't help thinking the nest was predated. Very quiet on the small bird front due to the strong cold wind.

Friday, 12 April 2019


There were 2 Swallows over E lake this morning plus 1 or 2 House Martin and 40 or so Sand Martin. 2 Mute Swan nests W lake a family of Coot chicks, Coot pair with nest at Drafonfly Pond, Kingfisher perched alongside E lake margin by the Mile Road and at least 8 Blackcap singing.

Thursday, 11 April 2019


Back from a birding trip to Nepal - awesome! Yesterday there were about 80 Sand Martins flying around both lakes, but none this morning. Plenty of Blackcap in song and a few Willow Warblers. 2 Long-tailed Tits were collecting nest material by the E lake boardwalk.