Sunday, 4 September 2016


Pretty quiet this morning - the only thing of note was a juv Common Whitethroat in bushes by the far entrance to Cogan Wood, plus a few Sand Martin over W lake.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Proposals for Cosmeston

I learned with some apprehension this morning that Vale Council are looking for ways to bring more money into Cosmeston CP. An idea has apparently been mooted of a mountain bike trail. I'm not sure the park is big enough for such a facility - I would hate to see swathes of tracks cut through Cogan Wood, or indeed trackways running over W paddock and the hills by the dragonfly pond, where recently and in the past I have seen Redstarts and Wheatear, Wood Lark, and Wryneck. Also mooted - hiring out kayaks/canoes/boats to the general public - in my opinion this would definitely necessitate a decent barrier by the main bridge to prevent entry into W lake. Thus far, organised group users have been good at not entering the W lake although apparently a few did a couple of days ago. We await developments.


There were 3 fem/imm Wheatears along the long hedgerow that divides W paddock this morning. Also a Green 'Pecker there and a Chiffchaff in bushes by the far entrance to Cogan Wood.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016


An amazing first record for me at the park - a Black-tailed Godwit did a few circuits of E lake and landed twice briefly by the cafe boardwalk.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016


Highlight this morning comprised 2 fem/imm Common Redstarts in the long W paddock hedgerow, by the second 'plateau' behind the dragonfly pond. Also 2 Green 'Peckers, 2 ad Little Grebes in W lake 'bay', and a 'kettle' of 3 Buzzards.

Monday, 22 August 2016


1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 6+ Chiffchaff, 10 Goldfinch, mostly juvs, 10 Long-t tit, 4 Greenfinch, 5 Linnet, 2 juv Green ‘Pecker, mixed flock of c.30 hirundines, GC Grebe young x 3 as big as the ads now, 1 ad Little Grebe [2 yesterday], 6 Tufted Duck.

Sunday, 14 August 2016


Pretty quiet during a quick circuit. The GC Grebe young are now 2/3 the size of the ads and diving independently. 6 Tufted Ducks. A Peregrine flew over W lake.