Sunday, 31 December 2017


Last visit of 2017 this morning. There were 5 Wigeon on W lake plus 4 Gadwall, c.10 Pochard and 30 Tufties. One Grey Heron was in W lake island tree and another in the E lake fallen tree visible from the main bridge. There were 4 Little Grebes, 60 Canada Geese, another c.60 Tufties on E lake. A single Redwing was near the dipping pond and a Goldcrest was by the path at the back of W lake. I also had a 2 cal yr Yellow-legged Gull in the middle of E lake.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Re drones

I have learned that drones are not allowed at Cosmeston so if you see anyone flying one, please report it to the rangers straight away. Thanks.


5 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe and the usual tufties and pochard W lake, pair of Wigeon E lake and a lot more Tufties, 50+ Canadas 2 G C Grebe. Buzzard in tree nr dipping pond, party of 10+ Long t Tit and what may become a bit of a pain – 2 drones, one of which was being flown from the dipping pond platform not 50m away from the Buzzard.

Male Gadwall showing speculum

Tuesday, 19 December 2017


A few shots from a brief circuit with the pooch this morning. A couple of the friendly Robins and a Treecreeper in the band of trees by the high path at the back of W lake. Others worth noting were a couple of fem Bullfinches, a party of 12 Long-t-Tits near the central path, 4 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes and a few flighty Redwings.

Monday, 18 December 2017


Late afternoon at Cossie - very showy Kingfisher at the dragonfly pond at 3:45, 3 Wigeon still on E lake, 3 Gadwall plus the Tufties and Pochard on W lake and 40 or so TUfties on E lake, 2 Green 'Peckers behind dragonfly pond. Amazing sunset - click each pic:

Friday, 15 December 2017


There were 7 Wigeon on E lake this morning, 16 Pochard on W lake and 2 visible Gadwall. 2 Little Grebe near the main bridge. Fem Bullfinch by the central path, 2 GCG, 7 Fieldfare at edge of Cogan Wood and plenty of flighty Redwing. Party of 12 Long-t Tits by path at back of W lake.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Not much birding done at Cossie walk this a.m. with Anne trying out her moon boots newly issued by the Heath. However 4 Shoveler were new for me, and there were apparently 20 Teal. Sadly the v cold night resulted in the demise of 1 Mute Swan and a friend of mine found a dead Chaffinch on his walk.

Monday, 11 December 2017


Bitterly cold this morning and pushing Anne in her wheelchair [ hopefully the ankle will be better soon!]. 5 Teal on W lake, 4 Gadwall and the usual group of Pochard and Tufties. Other than that, not much else noted.

Sunday, 10 December 2017


Incredibly wet under foot at Cossie this morning. Sully Brook was brim full and I estimate the lakes were a good 9" to 1ft above their normal level. Apart from the usual wildfowl, there were c.20 Fieldfare, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 30-40 Redwing, Song Thrushes and Blackbirds feeding along the edge of Cogan Wood [by the Dragonfly Pond path]. Also Green Woodpecker, and 2 Jay, and what could have been a Goshawk, or at least a very large fem Sprawk [only got a last minute flight view].

Friday, 8 December 2017


Brief visit this morning. A Chiffchaff was in the hedgerow by the Medieval Village field. W lake had 5 Gadwall tucked in by the reeds, at least 6 Pochard and the usual Tufties, 1 Little Grebe [2 frequently showing recently], 1 Grey Heron, a Rook flew over the central path [aka Mile Road], 2 Jays and a male Bullfinch near Old Cogan Hall Farm.

Monday, 4 December 2017


Mainly dog walking visit this morning. Birds noted were 15 Pochard on W lake, 4 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe, Redwings scattered around [to disperse to count], 4 Fieldfare [my first of this winter here], and I met Ian Hartrey from Penarth who had had good views of 3 Hawfinch in the band of trees that pass behind the dragonfly pond [i.e. the edge of Cogan Wood in effect]. They didn't re-show for me but hopefully they'll hang around.

Saturday, 2 December 2017


Just 2 Common Gulls of interest on W lake posts of interest in a short walk this morning. Yesterday there were 80 Tufted Duck on E lake. Today not counted, but a pair of Gadwall, a few Pochard on W lake.

Thursday, 30 November 2017


New birds this morning were 3 Teal [poss more in the reed edges] and 2 Med Gulls on W lake posts [per Graham Smith] one of which had a yellow leg ring. I saw one of these birds [an AdW] up by the dragonfly pond where it was pinching bread put down for the crows by my friend Lindsay.

Sunday, 26 November 2017


25th Nov a good count of 11 Gadwall on W lake plus 3 Little Grebe, 2 Heron, 6 Pochard, 1 imm drake Shoveler, 3 Buzzards over W paddock and a male Bullfinch on W lake hedgerow.

26th Nov - 3 Gadwall that I could see, 3 Pochard, 2 Buzzard W paddock,  Kingfisher flew under main bridge E lake > W lake, 1 G Spt Woodpecker flew across far end of W paddock into Cogan Wood. A few Redwing over W paddock.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


2 [a pair] Gadwall on W lake were new arrivals [for me].

Monday, 20 November 2017


c.300 Black-headed Gulls sitting on W lake in the drizzle this morning was quite impressive. In amongst them were 5 Common Gulls – a good count for the park. Otherwise a pretty dire walk.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Cosmeston fire

Absolutely appalled by the news that a few days ago the hide at Cosmeston was deliberately set on fire and has been destroyed - the fire service had to be called. This was in the middle of the day. The news is on the VoG Facebook page and has been 'shared'. The was built by volunteers and funded by donations to the park. Mindless vandalism beyond understanding. The remains are unsafe and must be removed. VoG will now look into whether it can be replaced.

Friday, 10 November 2017


There were 14 Pochard on W lake this morning - new arrivals since I last visited - and a Little Grebe. Also c.10 Redwing with a Mistle Thrush and a Green 'Pecker in W paddock. Nothing else noted during a short visit.
Work was well under way on the new Medieval Village bridge:

Saturday, 4 November 2017


Lavernock reserve late morning seemed virtually birdless, except for a Buzzard circling. Then as I walked back to the car the local Harris Hawk did a nice couple of circuits overhead. No camera sadly. On the coast path I was pleased to see a single Brambling with a few Chaffinch just past the big house.

Friday, 3 November 2017


c.30 Tufties present this morning. 2 Green 'Peckers were in E paddock, and there were a few Redwing together with 6 or more Song Thrushes in the W paddock hedgerow, plus a couple of Meadow Pipits. A Bittern has apparently been reported recently, and there was apparently a decent Starling murmuration y'day eve at around 4:30 [per Jeff Curtis].

Also 2nd hand per Phil Bristow who I met at Cossie this morning - some decent migration at Lavernock Pt with many Chaffinch, some Brambling and also Hawfinch and Crossbill over.

Thursday, 19 October 2017


Very very wet this morning but there was a Med Gull on the W lake posts with the Black-headed Gulls.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017


Pretty quiet recently but this Mistle Thrush in West Paddock the other day was smart.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Old Cogan Hall Farm - St Peter's Chruch

Have just rec'd a report from Sat 7th of Redwing feeding on yew berries at St. Peter's Church by Old Cogan Hall Farm - thanks Christine Dunn our contact for Trinity Church - Penarth, where Glamorgan Bird Club are measuring up for the installation of Swift boxes.

Thursday, 5 October 2017


There were c.30 House Martins feeding over W lake this morning for abut 10 mins, then the moved on. A Coal Tit feeding in trees by the Med. Village was fairly unusual, and a Goldcrest there. There were 3 Mistle Thrush in W paddock and a Kingfisher at the dragonfly pond. Also along by the Med Village concrete path there were quite a few Red Admirals and 1 Painted Lady amongst them and a Comma, plus a few Ivy Bees. Also Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers still around.
Painted Lady

Red Admiral


Tuesday, 3 October 2017


Some birdies and one of many dragonflies out in the sun this morning at Cosmeston. The GCG young were resting by the sluice on E lake. There were 4 Buzzards playing and mewing all the time, Green Pecker as on the 'snipe paddock' posts, and there were many Common Darters. Also 2 Kingfishers were at the dragonfly pond. PLus osme ringed gulls, all Lsr Black-backs - Blue F:300 [Ad], Blue F:466 [1st yr} and White with black letters OLF [Ad].

Sunday, 1 October 2017


Short a.m. walk. 2 Pochard on W lake, my first of this winter. 16 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 4 separate feeding flocks og Long-tailed Tits, 2 Goldcrest with them, and the usual suspects. generally.

Friday, 29 September 2017


Butterflies at Lavernock reserve the other day included lots of Large Whites and a Painted Lady.


Pretty quiet yesterday. F: 466 1st yr LBB Gull was there - a Flat Holm bird. Also the Cossie sailors!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017


Birds this morning: 60 B-h Gulls on W lake plus 1 Little Grebe, 2 ad GC Grebes with 1 & 2 imms respectively, 4 Cormorant, 2 Chiffchaffs [1 singing], 2 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap [1m 1f], 1 Stonechat and 50 or so Goldfinch. See vid below.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


Nice sunny day again. Feeling pretty rough but had to walk the dog, so took the camera, and got these shots. The single remaining imm GC Grebes from each pair are doing well. The Goldcrest was a miracle shot from about 50 or so of leaves and twigs - they never stay still! Not much other action. A small skein of Canadas flew in and there was a light passage of Swallows, and a Kingfisher flew across W lake bay.
It's heading for the midge on the right!

Rattus norvegicus


Sunday, 17 September 2017


Just a few photos I took this morning. On the bird front there were 12 Tufted Ducks and the Kingfisher showed twice, and an ad and an imm Heron were on W lake.

Migrant Hawker

Friday, 15 September 2017


Just a quick walk this morning. 3 sightings of Kingfisher involving 2 birds, 1 by W lake grassy 'beach' and the other flew under the main bridge E lake > W lake. 8 Tufted Ducks, Little Grebe with 1 imm, GC Grebe with large imm, good number of hirundines [Swallow and House Martin], ad Heron in W lake trees, 1 Mistle Thrush in W paddock.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


A very brief Hobby flew over Cogan Wood this morning. W lake had 20-30 Sand Martins, there were 40 or so House Martin over the snipe paddock, a fem Stonechat appears to have replaced the recent Whinchat [in field beyond the snipe paddock], W lake had 1 Little Grebe and E lake 1 imm Heron.

Thursday, 7 September 2017


Three Spotted Flycatchers still present this morning, having moved from their location at the end of the W paddock central hedge yesterday afternoon, to near the far LH corner of the far W paddock field, where they were some days ago. Four Mistle Thrush in W paddock, 7 Tufted Ducks [6 E lake and 1 W lake]. The many Sand Martins of y’day afternoon had diminished to a few.

Lavernock & Cosmeston

The Glamorgan Bird Cub had a field trip to Lavernock yesterday and some of us called in at Cosmeston in the afternoon. The total list for the day was 52 species. Highlights were Peregrine,  Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel, an imm Green Woodpecker feeding on a track at Lavernock Reserve, steady continuous passage of Swallow, House- and Sand Martins, fairly large flocks of Linnet and Goldfinch, and 3 Spotted Fycatchers and the Whinchat at Cosmeston, plus 3 Little Grebe there and a Goldfinch which flew from the dipping pond, where we had 2 Water Voles.
Other highlights included a good total of 12 species of Butterfly including 2 Painted Ladies at Lavernock Reserve.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017


The Whinchat was till present this morning on the RH posts of the snipe paddock as you approach from W paddock, then on the far end posts. Also 2 Common Whitethroat and a Chiffchaff there. W lake had 3 Tufted Ducks, a Little Grebe, and 2 ad GC Grebes, each with a single young, one moe or less full size and the other a little smaller. This is the larger of the two, grabbed with my bridge camera.