Some spring colour this morning, and a telephoto shot of the so-called 'mile road'. Pretty quiet late morning bird-wise. Dog Violets & Primroses.
Friday, 24 March 2017
Nice to bump in to the GBC ex Chairman, Adrian Murch out & about today with ace Swift box installer, Howard Driver [pic gallery soon to appear on the web site]. Not much of bird interest – c.20-30 Sand Martin fairly high over E lake with a few House Martins, pair of Mistle Thrush and another singing, a pair of Gadwall were the only duck on W lake, and several Chiffchaff along the central path. Nearly forgot – a spectacular aerial display by a pair of Sparrowhawks over the edge of Cogan Wood. At first I thought it was display with the female slow wing flapping and fanning out the undertail, but after much tumbling and locking of talons she chased him off. This followed a lone male about 15 mins earlier which flew across W paddock and disappeared over the golf course.
Posted by John Wilson at 17:27
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Further to my post about the Swans and the effect of algal blooms and bacteria caused by rotting bread, please see this page on the VoG web site:
Posted by John Wilson at 12:48
4 House Martin and c.6 Sand Martin at Cosmeston this morning, over the central path near the main bridge. Chiffie singing but no Willow Wblr. Pr of GCG displaying, and ad + juv Heron still present W lake.
Re the Swans, there is now a notice by the LH door of the cafe re not feeding bread to the ducks & swans, however it's not in a very prominent position.
Posted by John Wilson at 12:40
Friday, 17 March 2017
This Mute Swan is suffering from the so-called 'flamingo swan' condition, caused by algal bloom and/or bacteria as a result of too much white bread being thrown in the water, the untouched stuff forming a rotting mulch. This example is extreme, and the damage to the flight feathers is very clear. Fortunately the rangers have contacted Swan Rescue who are coming to take this particular bird away for treatment. If you do feed the wildfowl at Cossie please don't use white bread. Granary is better, but best is grain - small bags are sold at the info centre for just a £1. This is what the WWT feed to the wild Whooper and Bewick's Swans in the winter.
Posted by John Wilson at 11:17
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Just a short section of the Penarth - Lavernock coast path. Didn't go as far as where Andy Burns was [see Facebook] so missed the Harris's Hawk. Could have been the reason [together with the Pere] some airborne gulls were making a lot of noise. First things were in two's - 2 male Bullfinch, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Long-t Tits, then 4 Chiffies and a small flock of Linnet.
Posted by John Wilson at 13:31