Friday, 18 August 2017


Found a new species [for me at least] at Cossie this morning - Autumn Ladies Tresses. Checked with ranger Sharon and it's not on their wildlife list. This is just a cropped pic from my phone taken in between a couple of biblical downpours!

Thursday, 17 August 2017


I have received a report of a Spot Fly at Cosmeston today from a member of the public messaging GBC on FB with photos. Somewhere up the RH side of the park [red route?]. I'm guessing E paddock top end.

Saturday, 12 August 2017


in the far LH corner of W paddock approx here: click for map 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Blackcap incl 1 imm male, 1 imm Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, several each of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, and a light passage of Swallows > west. On W lake c.20 Sand Martin and ad GCG with 3 chicks on its back, and on E lake ad GCG with slightly larger chicks in the water. Click on each photo for a bigger one.
PS there were 3 drake Tufted Ducks on W lake, the first this autumn.

Common Blue


Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Reed Bunting

probable Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Thursday, 10 August 2017


a.m. In the far LH corner of W paddock - 2 fem Blackcap, 1 imm Comm Whitethroat, 1 Willow Wblr, several Chiffchaff, 1 m Bullfinch, Long-t-Tit. On W lake 1 ad GC Grebe with 3 chicks on its back, 1 ad and 1 imm Grey Heron, and 2 large Carp swam under the main bridge.

Sunday, 6 August 2017


A feral white goose sitting on the GCG nest on W lake didn't seem to be good news. Then I saw 2 pairs of GC Grebes displaying and acting aggressively towards one another, and finally saw that one of each pair was carrying at least one chick on their back. 2 Herons on the posts and a few Sand Martins flying around. Also a distant display from the Red Arrows as they were performing over Barry.

Thursday, 3 August 2017


Disappointing 45 mins at the searchlight shelter [admittedly late morning], produced just a single Manxie down channel and a Whimbrel, plus the usual gulls. Obviously I need to get up earlier! Did see a Painted Lady in the first field.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


A dismal morning with little or no small bird activity. There were 5 Swift around the main bridge, c.20 Sand Martin over the lakes and a few House Martins. Water Vole showing more or daily in the dipping pond and there was a rat there this morning. Hope they don't interfere with the Water Voles.