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.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019


In the drizzle this morning, counted 24 flower spikes of Bee Orchid in East Paddock Cosmeston. They seem a bit earlier than usual - the Common Spotteds are only just coming out. Bird wise pretty quiet. Couple of Reed Warblers singing in E lake reeds and Blackcaps still singing everywhere. Did see a Song Thrush carrying food and a Robin so they've bred somewhere behind W lake. Also somewhat unusually a Shelduck dropped in on E lake.

Monday, 27 May 2019


Yesterday the Mute Swan pair had moved from the small pool by the cafe, right over to W lake.

Friday, 24 May 2019


This morning, the Canadas have 6 well grown goslings [there were originally 7], and the pair of Mute Swans on E lake have 5 well grown cygnets. The GCG pair on W lake have a half grown young which is probably big enough to be safe from predation now. Some pix below: Red-tailed Bumblebee, moulting Buzzard, the Canada pair & family, Cockchafer - not seen one at the park before, Mallard ducklings and a Yellow Belle moth {Aspitates ochrearia} in W paddock plus a riot of yellow there. There also seems to be rather more than usual of Common Flax coming in to flower.

Friday, 17 May 2019


Some recent colour from around Cossie in the last few sunny days:
Common Blue


Herb Robert

Common Blue Damselfly

Yellow Flag Iris

pair of Common Blue

Violet sp in Cogan Wood

Hart's Tongue

Multi-sprouting tree stump


Monday, 13 May 2019

Recent news Lavernock/Cosmeston

Cosmeston 8th May - Grey Heron w lake, fem Whitethroat W paddock hedge, 3 SongThrush singing

Lavernock 9th May - a bit late for the big movement but 20+ 'commic' Terns going down channel late afternoon. Comm Whitethroat and Blackcap singing.

Cosmeston 10th May - Canada goose pair with 7 goslings W lake; 2 prs Mallard with ducklings; ad Robin feeding young north cafe.

Cosmeston today [13th May] - 1 G C Grebe pair appear to have young. Distant view of pr on W lake where 1 ad had a chick on its back. Too distant to see if there was a plurality.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019


Back after a few days away birding in Kent, where I used to live, with a few pals from Glamorgan Bird Club. Pretty quiet but noticed a pair of Canada Geese with goslings by W lake. I'm assuming plural goslings although I could only see one in the shoreline grass. Several Song Thrush singing and a Green Woodpecker heard. Reed Warblers singing in E lake reeds by the boardwalk.