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