Cosmeston 19th & 20th May

On 19th there were 2 juv Mistle Thrushes near the dragonfly pond. Ads were frequenting this area earlier in the year so I suspect they have bred poss in the edge of Cogan Wood. Also 1 Buzzard over.
On 20th E lake had 11 Canada Geese.
Finally I have now received confirmation that the Stonechat breeding success is the first recorded breeding of this species at Cosmeston. Also to update the record, they were in fact first discovered by local birder Graham Smith, so well done Graham.


There were around 10 Swifts flying around this morning, so I experimented trying to get some flight images. Other birds this morning were a male Stonechat feeding 2 juvs near Cogan Wood. I was alerted to their presence yesterday by my friend Wayne Strong. Couldn’t find them y’day but succeeded this morning. Am currently making enquiries as to whether this is a first for the site. Also in the same area, 2 Linnets, unusual at Cosmeston in the summer, a Reed Warbler seen singing in the reeds by the adjacent Sully Brook and a Common Whitethroat there too. Leps seen were Common Blue, Dingy Skipper and Brimstone.


Cosmeston this morning. A Small Copper butterfly was very nice, and a pair of Hairy Dragonflies were over the dragonfly pond plus a Large Red Damselfly nearby. At the main bridge I saw a first, then a second Kingfisher whizz round into the small adjacent inlet on the E. lake side. I crept round and found them sitting in the shade over the water, and then noticed a third. They were in deep shadow but I took a couple of photos with the cam zoomed out to 600mm, and they are young birds, so the pair have had three young this year! I saw one adult carrying a fish a couple of weeks ago. One pic shows all three birds almost as taken [small crop] and the second, the two sitting together – much bigger crop. Also 2 Swift feeding over W lake, and the 4 GC Grebe chicks still doing well. Finally the park is now officially re-opened to pedestrians and cycles. Quite rightly the car park remains closed. The boardwalks are closed as they are too narrow for safe spacing.
Also a nice Dog Rose from the othe day.

Cosmeston highlights

2 Jays, 1 Sparrowhawk having a right old barney with a Crow, 20-30 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin and 2 Swift, 2 Goldfinch, 4 GC Grebe chicks growing well, several Blackcap singing and other usual suspects. Mute Swans still staying away, although 6 present today and a couple of Canadas.


Complete list of 23 species. Common Whitethroat 1, Dunnock 1, Blue Tit 1, Blackbird 1, Jackdaw 20, Carrion Crow 4, Magpie, LBBG Gull, Herring Gull, Coot with young, Little Grebe 2 ads, GC Grebe 2 [just the pair on a nest – couldn’t see the ad with 4 chicks], Reed Bunting 1m, Cormorant 1, Mute Swan 3 [no-one to feed them so I guess they’ve all gone to the Bay or Knap Lake], Canada Goose 3, Buzzard 1, Sand Martin 10, House Martin 1, Swallow, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon, Robin [heard only].
On the way home, Lesser Whitethroat singing in trees to the right of the entrance to Glamorganshire Golf Club.

Cosmeston midday-ish

This morning’s tally – nothing v exciting except the unexpected 2 Red Kites circling over nearby Penarth Cemetery allowing a few quickly grabbed shots, then drifting off quite high towards the town. Cosmeston itself had a very hot crow!, fem Mallard with 7 ducklings, the CG Grebe pair still have 4 humbugs and another pair have a nest on W lake bay, and a big silver bird flew over several times.

Sully shoreline

Caught up with a spring passage Whimbrel this morning during our walk. Tide was out but the bird flushed from just in front of me like a Jack Snipe, as I crept up the banking to look at the beach. A few Oycs around but couldn’t locate any Ringed Plover or Grey Plover that Ceri Jones has seen recently, but only had bins and tide was way out. Had a nice Common Whitethroat in amongst Alexanders growing on waste ground between two of the bungalows. Plenty of Swallows too.

April 2020

Highlights: The undoubted highlight was a male Montagu’s Harrier, which spent a day hunting over Merthyr Mawr Warren (21st), being the first confirmed in the recording area since 1974. A Purple Heron was at Kenfig, where Garganey, Red-crested Pochard, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper were also noted. Nearby at Sker, a male Blue-headed Wagtail was the pick, with a supporting cast of Little Tern and Black Redstart. Fly over Ospreys were observed at Cardiff Bay, Nantgarw, Llantrisant, Maesteg, Bridgend and Kenfig. A male Hen Harrier was near Merthyr Tydfil. Both Hobby and Merlin were seen from Bridgend gardens. Records from Ogmore Estuary included Water Pipit, two Little Ringed Plovers, Green Sandpiper, two Greenshanks, Knot, maximum 20 Whimbrels, small numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits, two Yellow Wagtails, Cetti’s Warbler and two Grasshopper Warblers (the latter from Pant Norton). Additional Cetti’s Warblers were logged at Cadoxton Pools and Ewenny Moor. Bar-tailed Godwits and Whimbrels stopped off at Sully and Barry. Cardiff Bay hosted a Little Gull, a Black Redstart and two Yellow Wagtails. Migrant Pied Flycatcher and Hawfinch were nice finds at Merthyr Mawr Warren. A passing Ring Ouzel called in at Pant St Bride’s.  Summary by Paul Roberts


The Great Crested Grebe pair were a little closer today, and they have 4 chicks – this is the largest hatched clutch I have seen here – previously it has been max 3. Managed to see a Reed Warbler scrambling around in the W lake reeds. Also flying around W lake was a Common Sandpiper looking for somewhere to land.

Possible problem with Safari on Mac computers

Just recently on my new Macbook Pro I have noticed that despite being logged in, when I visit this website, the narrow bar at the top of the screen which has the ‘+Write’ button top right and the WordPress ‘W’ and ‘Reader’ top left, does not display no matter what I do, making it impossible to post. Logging out and in again didn’t help either. It appears that this is a problem unique to the Mac browser, Safari. Having now installed Firefox, the problem has disappeared. Oddly enough the same problem exists on my old Macbook when usng Google Chrome but not on my iMac desktop with Chrome. So maybe it’s a Macbook problem with these browsers? With Safari on my iMac I can’t even login to WordPress, and the GBC home page displays the logo as a huge image. Just thought I’d flag this up in case anhyone else is having problems although I’ve not been notified of any. John Wilson

Penarth seafront

On what is now our ‘Sunday walk’ – up the road and through the alley then out to the front and through Windsor Gardens, then drop down onto the esplanade by the pier and back along the seafront. A short list – 2 Collared Doves, Woodpigeons, Dunnock, House Spadger, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls, then a nice photographic Blackbird amongst daisies and a v smart male Greenfinch posing nicely and occasionally wheezing. Also a pic of the empty closed pier too, tide falling.

Cosmeston mid morning

Had a ‘lifer’ today – a pair of Little Grebes mating at Cosmeston this morning. I’ve never seen this before. The photo is a big crop as they were quite distant. Also unusual in that they’ve apparently made a nest [on which they are performing], in full view in the edge of the reeds. Usually it’s impossible to see where they’ve nested. A GC Grebe pair have 2 ‘humbug’ young – that pic is an even bigger crop. Also Moorhen and Coot chicks on view. Also 2 Kingfishers, one carrying a fish from W lake to E [poss breeding again?], the other bird was perched in the middle of w lake reeds.

Lavernock area

Plenty of Swallows around Lower Cosmeston Farm. Blackcaps in the nature reserve and Brimstone, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood but o/w pretty quiet bird-wise but it was early afternoon.
Lavernock – Penarth coast path, more Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, Dunnock, Blackbird, Robin, House Sparrow.

Bird report 2019 – photos required

Bird Report photos. Our photo editor for the East Glam Bird Report is now ready to receive possible photos for inclusion in the 2019 Bird Report, which is currently in the editorial phase. Members who may have suitable photos are invited to submit no more than 20 per person. There are some requirements as to file size etc and full details and Richard’s contact details can be found in the pdf guide viewable by clicking here. This guide is also linked in the East Glam Bird Report info page here.