Group Visit

Description of sighting

5 of us from the National Trust had a good stroll around looking at the birds,the usual summer visitors could
be heard singing but were harder to see as you would expect at this time.Highspots were good views of a male Greenfinch,whitethroats and a very obliging Chiffchaff.Several Stonechat were also quite easy to see.The only raptor present was a Sparrowhawk ,probaly female which came quite close and gave us a good view.

Date of sighting

2014 Jun 3

Time of day

10 to 12.30

Birds Seen

whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
shelduck
Robin
oystercatcher
linnet
Lesser Black Backed Gull
jackdaw
house martin
herring gull
greenfinch
goldfinch
dunnock
chiffchaff
chaffinch
carrion crow

a special sighting

Wildflowers and Warblers

Description of sighting

The Down looked a picture this morning once the early mist had lifted,with the bluebells and cowslips
well in flower.The Somerset Rock Rose around the Steps are coming into bloom.Rabbits and Goats
were showing well.
The Whitethroats were back in good number and singing Chiffchaff were visible.Singles of Dunnock Blackcap and Chaffinchas well as a few Goldfinches added to  to background.A small flock of Linnet were a welcome sight,with one male well into breeding colours.

Date of sighting

2014 Apr 30

Time of day

10.30 to 1.30

Birds Seen

whitethroat
stonechat
chaffinch
chiffchaff
blackcap
swallow
house martin
shelduck
linnet
cormorant
wren
willow warbler
dunnock
long-tailed tit
goldfinch
jackdaw
raven
buzzard
carrion crow

a special sighting

Overcast Morning walk

Description of sighting

weather not really good for birding but saw mostly small birds.no sign of blackcaps but plenty heard singing in undergrowth.Pair of Stonechat and Meadow Pipit in usual locations.A few housemartins in the low clouds

Date of sighting

2014 Apr 7

Time of day

between 12.30 and 2.00

Birds Seen

stonechat
meadow pipit
kestrel
jackdaw
Great Tit
goldfinch
dunnock
house martin
chiffchaff
chaffinch
carrion crow
blue tit

a special sighting

Spring Morning on the Down

Description of sighting

Beautiful morning,flat calm sea with lots of gull activity.The usual birds were around although no real sign of any migration yet.Three mallard swiming off the fort and 2 buzzards picking up the warm air spirals.There were lots of Chiff chaff singing and visible together with a few Blackcap both male and female.Brief view of juvenile Peregrine.

Date of sighting

2014 Apr 1

Time of day

between 10.00 and 13.00

Birds Seen

chiffchaff
goldfinch
Great Tit
blue tit
dunnock
stonechat
blackcap
Robin
peregrine
meadow pipit
Rock Pipit
buzzard
Magpie
jackdaw
raven
chaffinch

a special sighting

Early Migrants ?

Description of sighting

First visit of 2014 in the hope of finding migrants,specifically overflying Sand Martins and an early Wheatear or two.No luck but I did find a cracking Male Black Redstart in the quarry near the Fort,the bird gave some good views in the sunshine.Several pairs of Stonechat were easily seen.A surprise for Brean was a Buzzard working the hillside.Two adult Peregrines were a good sight.I did hear a Pheasant and a Skylark but could not find them.

Date of sighting

2014 Mar 20

Time of day

Morning approx 10.00 to 13.00

Birds Seen

shelduck
Rock Pipit
raven
peregrine
oystercatcher
meadow pipit
goldfinch
dunnock
cormorant
chaffinch
buzzard
blue tit
blackbird
black redstart

a special sighting

Sunny day in November

Description of sighting

bright sunny day,large flocks of goldfinch feeding on seedheads.Several pairs of stonechat.single dunnock.
Raven Kestrel and Peregrine enjoying the wind

Date of sighting

2013 Nov 4

Time of day

between 10.am and 12.30pm

Birds Seen

stonechat
peregrine
goldfinch
dunnock
kestrel
raven
carrion crow
jackdaw
meadow pipit
Robin
Magpie
chiffchaff
shelduck
curlew

Early Novemmber

Description of sighting

strong winds keeping bird numbers low other than on beach

Date of sighting

2013 Nov 2

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

curlew
shelduck
raven
goldcrest
peregrine

A very windy day

Description of sighting

Exceptionaly windy day determined small number of species seen.Two ravens enjoying the wind,
a single juvenile peregrine was making hard going of the stormy weather

Date of sighting

2014 Nov 2

Time of day

Morning Visit

Birds Seen

shelduck
raven
peregrine
jackdaw
goldfinch
curlew
carrion crow

a special sighting

RSPB Group visit

Description of sighting

A very sunny and warm morning,a Little Owl in the bushes being harrased by small birds was the highspot.
Other birds seen were meadow pipit,golfinch,linnet, and Chiffchaff and the usual corvids.Very large numbers of Shelduck are building up along the estuary shoreline.A very obliging Goldcrest was seen in the bushes about
midway along the military road.

Date of sighting

2013 Oct 15

Time of day

betwen 10.00 and 13.00 hrs

Birds Seen

shelduck
redshank
meadow pipit
little owl
linnet
jackdaw
greenfinch
goldfinch
goldcrest
chiffchaff
carrion crow

a special sighting

Looking for Migrants

Description of sighting

Persistent rain in the morning cleared by lunch.Only outgoing migrants were a few Swallows and
two Wheatear flying around near the top of the steps.

Date of sighting

2013 Sep 28

Time of day

afternoon

Birds Seen

wheatear
swallow
shelduck
Rock Pipit
raven
Magpie
kestrel
jackdaw
goldfinch
carrion crow

a special sighting
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