Apart from Ian’s nice find of 3 Hawfinch, [which didn’t show for me 😦 ] there were 15 Pochard and 4 Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe and the usual Tufties on W lake, 1 Common Gull on W lake posts, 4 Fieldfare in trees at back of W lake, Redwings scattered around. A gentleman I usually meet had an obliging Kingfisher in a tree adjacent the middle viewpoint.
Big numbers of Tufted Duck 70 Mute Swan 80 Coot 120 also three colour ringed gulls. A tree next to the road had Fieldfare 2 Redwing 10 Song Thrush 2 and Blackbird 2 feeding on the berries. A Black-headed Gull had an almost complete hood.
Happy to see my first ever hawfinch at Cosmeston this morning with 3 on the fringes of Cogan wood along from the dragonfly pond. Also kingfisher on the dragonfly pond and peregrine hunting nearby.
A minimum of 19-Snipe on south side of the island,also 2-Water Rails.10h15-11h30
On the lake yesterday were 15 Tufted Ducks, 1 male Gadwall trying to mate with a female Mallard, 1 male Wigeon, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorants, Mallards, Coots, Moorhens.
I met a woman called Carol today who showed me a photo of a female goshawk she saw towards Sluice Farm this afternoon. It was quite obliging, sitting on a fence post. There have been reports of an escaped falconer’s bird in the area recently but this bird didn’t appear to have jesses.
Firecrest yesterday among 58 birds captured during ringing session. For further info / photo Click HERE
Notice: Don’t forget there’s an indoor meeting on Tuesday [5th Dec] at KNNR reserve centre. Club member Richard Smith who many of you will know, is giving an illustrated presentation on a trip to Chile – exotic birds, Pumas etc. It will be good so come along. 7:45 p.m. start.
Just 2 Common Gulls on W lake posts this morning in a short walk/wheelchair push.
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.
A total of eight Little Egrets flew from the island roost at first light,This follows a total of eleven on nov.16.
Both numbers are well down on recent years.Perhaps numbers will increase as we go into winter.
Highlights of a GBC field trip today. Parc Cwm Darran – Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Siskin, Bullfinch, 1 drake Goosander, 4 Buzzards, 1 lrge fem Sprawk, male Crossbill sitting out in the open for ages, LTT, Great-, Blue, and Coal Tits. Rhaslas – 2 Fieldfare and a Stonechat by the ‘car park’, then on the pond, 6 Goosander, 3 Goldeneye, 30 Wigeon, 10 Tufted Duck, 4 GC Grebes and a Mute Swan, plus Red Kite over.
9-Snipe on the south side of the island,10h00-10h30
Bittern flew briefly from the reed island to the main reedbed 16:32. Also Snipe,4 Little Grebe,Kingfisher.Just 5 Starlings went down this evening.
There’s a report on Facebook SW Birding page of 2 Snow Bunts at W Aberthaw today “Just after the seawall turns 90° to the right and you can see the car park at Seal Pit Rd? In the distance”.
2 of 3 Hawfinches seen over the last few weeks, this photo from last sunday (19th) ,
these were around the playing field at Gorseinon junior school
2 brambling in the riverside trees on the way into work today. A male hawfinch was showing very well in maple trees behind the office. 6 hawfinch flew over the offices yesterday
Goosander three drakes and one redhead. There was a large mixed flock circa 50 birds mainly Siskin and also Goldfinch and Cole Tit feeding in the larches. The hope for Crossbills did not appear.
A black-tailed godwit was feeding along the river bank among all the redshanks and dunlins this afternoon. Also there were at least 50 pintails in the estuary with many more out on the open water.
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.