8 Reed Buntings in reeds by the new dipping pool boardwalk, 6 juv Wood Pigeon in a tree there and 2 Jay over, 70 Canadas on W lake, 6 Pochard [5m 1f], 1 Wigeon and 30 Tufties on W lake, and 2 Herons, 1 on E lake near the bridge and 1 by W lake posts. Flock of LT Tits near the bird table.
Friday, 21 October 2016
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Not much to report. A Pochard on W lake was the first of the autumn for me, with around 35 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe in W lake 'bay', 50 Canada Geese. 1 Chiffchaff and a Goldrest in sycamores by Med Village path, and 2 Jays. 2 Swallow flew over w lake.
A Kingfisher was by the dragonfly pond a couple of days ago.
Posted by John Wilson at 12:05
Monday, 10 October 2016
Back after 3 weeks birding in California and briefly Nevada & Arizona. This fem Stonechat was by the Medieval Village boardwalk this morning. Also the strange plane pictured, flew over at low level. Internet reveals this is a privately owned Piaggio P-180 Avanti II registered in Malta. Looks really odd with the rearward mounted wings and push-mode props.
Posted by John Wilson at 16:51
Sunday, 4 September 2016
Thursday, 1 September 2016
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.
Posted by John Wilson at 15:30