Friday, 24 February 2017

Cosmeston

Finally caught up with the Marsh Tit in Cogan Wood this morning. There were 8 Gadwall on W lake. The three Wigeon from yesterday seem to have departed. The head-on photo of the MArsh Tit shows the whitish spots at the base of the lower mandible, diagnostic of this species in comparison with Willow Tit. V difficult to see in the field tho'!




Thursday, 23 February 2017

Cosmeston

Nearly got blown off the boardwalk this morning! There were 3 Wigeon on W lake [2m 1f], 2 Gadwall on W lake and 7 Gadwall sheltering on E lake, plus the usual Pochard & Tufties. Couldn't find any interesting gulls.

Also from 2 days ago:
Pretty minging walking round this morning in horizontal drizzle. However a group of 8 Bullfinch all feeding together was a nice highlight. Don't think I've ever seen that many together before. They were feeding on buds in bushes near the entrance gate to the conservation area. Also around the W paddock hedges were c.30 Redwing.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Cosmeston

Managed to drag myself round the lakes despite a heavy cold & cough. W lake had an AdW Med Gull, seen from the grass 'beach', but having gone round and back down the centre, I couldn't relocate it, either there, or on E lake. There were at east 9 Gadwall on W lake.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Cosmeston

A fairly unusual sight this morning was 54 Herring Gulls on W lake, with no LBB Gulls. The latter usually way outnumber the former on both lakes but there were very few LBBGs even on E lake. Other than that the usual wildfowl, with 4 Gadwall still present and c.30-40 Redwing around W paddock.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Cosmeston

Alder catkins & cones, and the dragonfly pond had a layer of ice.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Cosmeston

At Cosmeston this morning - this Darvic ringed LBB Gull white with red 3NF - ringed on Flat Holm in 2011 - reported at Cossie in Apr 2012 and now again today. On W lake there were 5 Gadwall. A smart Fieldfare was on Glamorganshire Golf Club fairway adjacent the E lake path. O/W the usual suspects.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Cosmeston

a.m. 2 Mistle Thrush and a single Fieldfare feeding in W paddock, and a Green 'Pecker also. 4 Bullfinch [2 pairs] in trees by the Med Village concrete path, and 1 Treecreeper near the central path by the 'T' junction. Other than that, the usual suspects.