Swallows at last !

Description of sighting

First Swallows of 2015 reported today by National Trust Staff over the Iron Age Fort

Date of sighting

2015 Apr 7

Time of day

Birds Seen

swallow

a special sighting

Unusual Bird

Description of sighting

red legged partridge seen by National Trust staff walking along the Old Military Road

Date of sighting

2015 Mar 23

Time of day

Birds Seen

red legged partridge

a special sighting

Windy Day at Brean

Description of sighting

Black Redstart still giving good views,has been here in Brean Cove since October 2014.Murmuration of starlings,about 1500,displaying in the fields by Brean Farm.Although sunny day,the low temperature and strong winds kept numbers low.

Date of sighting

2015 Mar 3

Time of day

10.30am to 12.30am

Birds Seen

starling
shelduck
redshank
raven
kestrel
jackdaw
herring gull
greenfinch
Great Tit
goldfinch
dunnock
curlew
chaffinch
meadow pipit
carrion crow
blue tit
black redstart

a special sighting

First Visit of 2015

Date of sighting

2015 Jan 23

Time of day

10.30 13.00

Birds Seen

dunlin
redshank
curlew
redwing
Lapwing
chaffinch
greenfinch
goldfinch
Robin
woodpigeon
jackdaw
raven
peregrine
carrion crow
oystercatcher
shelduck
black redstart

a special sighting

Rare Visitors

Description of sighting

Found the 4 Twite that had been reported on S.O.S and Bird Guides also a splendid Male Snow Bunting on the Shingle Bank near the Sea Wall at Brean Down Farm.Lots of duck and waders (Redshank and Dunlin) in the Estuary.Good views of Redwing and Fieldfare in the bushes approaching Brean Down Farm.Good views also of the resident Peregrine low over Brean Cove and a hunting Sparrowhawk on the Estuary.

Date of sighting

2014 Dec 10

Time of day

10am - 1pm

Birds Seen

Twite
Sparrowhawk
Snow Bunting
peregrine

a special sighting

A very cold morning on the beach

Description of sighting

A very cold and damp morning,the beach was very busy with birds feeding in quite large numbers.Of particular interest was a single heron that came off the estuary and perched on arock and groups of 100 active Dunlin wheeling around the beach.A single female Black Redstart was in the Car Park

Date of sighting

2014 Nov 25

Time of day

morning on falling tide

Birds Seen

shelduck
oystercatcher
Lesser Black Backed Gull
grey heron
dunlin
carrion crow
black-headed gull

a special sighting

Local RSPB Group planned visit.

Description of sighting

We were unable to find the Ring Ouzel reported on the previous day but that was more than made up for by a very obliging Yellow Browed Warbler in with a mixed flock of small birds including Goldcrest in the bushes near Brean Down Farm.The first Redwing were a bonus as was good sightings of Buzzard,Kestre,Peregrine and Sparrowhawk.Large numbers of Shelduck (650+) were also seen.

Date of sighting

2014 Oct 15

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

blue tit
buzzard
carrion crow
chiffchaff
dunnock
goldcrest
goldfinch
Great Tit
jackdaw
kestrel
long-tailed tit
peregrine
raven
redwing
Robin
shelduck
song thrush
Sparrowhawk
stonechat
wheatear
willow warbler
wren
yellow browed warbler

a special sighting

Wet Morning Visit

Description of sighting

Visit to Brean with prospective new Volunteer Wardens brought a good total of species,at least 6 wheatear feeding
on the beach and Blackcap,Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff in the bushes were a bonus as were 2 quite visible Goldcrests

Date of sighting

2014 Oct 14

Time of day

Birds Seen

wren
woodpigeon
willow warbler
wheatear
swan
Robin
pied wagtail
oystercatcher
meadow pipit
jackdaw
greenfinch
Great Tit
goldfinch
goldcrest
dunnock
blackcap
blackbird
long-tailed tit
chiffchaff
carrion crow

a special sighting

A Special Visit

Description of sighting

I visited Brean Down this afternoon having seen a report on S.O.S (Somerset Ornithological Society)
Web Page that a Long Eared Owl had been flushed from the trees on Brean.A Wryneck had also been found on the slope as well as a Black Redstart.I was able to find the Wryneck which was not too cooperative but gave good views with long gaps in between.The other two could not be found.There were the usual Crows and Jackdaws and a few Linnet and young Stonechats around and on the way back to the car park I saw a Sparrowhawk take down a starling in the adjoining fields.

Date of sighting

2014 Sep 7

Time of day

Birds Seen

wryneck
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
linnet
jackdaw
carrion crow

a special sighting

A sunny day at Brean Down

Date of sighting

2014 Jul 30

Time of day

10.00 to 12.30

Birds Seen

whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
raven
peregrine
oystercatcher
kestrel
herring gull
Green Woodpecker
goldfinch
cormorant
black-headed gull

a special sighting
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