A quiet Visit

Description of sighting

August is normally quiet on the Down.A single Kestrel and an adult and juvenile Peregrine were the Raptors of the day.The other good birds were 4 youg Willow Warblers and an Adult.

Date of sighting

2013 Aug 22

Time of day

Morning Visit

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
willow warbler
peregrine
Magpie
kestrel
jackdaw
carrion crow

a special sighting

Quality not Quantity

Description of sighting

Beautiful sunny day with some slight wind.Plenty of birdsong notably whitethroad,blackcap,robin and wren.Pheasant and Willow Warbler were heard but not seen.Very good views of a Spotted Flycatcher in the bushes along the Military Road.The usual high numbers were not seen probably due to nesting and some species moving through

Date of sighting

2013 Jun 3

Time of day

Birds Seen

wren
whitethroat
goldfinch
chaffinch
blackbird
linnet
stonechat
spotted flycatcher
kestrel
peregrine
swallow
meadow pipit
carrion crow
Magpie
shelduck
raven
jackdaw
Robin
dunnock

a special sighting

A Windy Day

Description of sighting

A exceptionaly windy day at the fort,the weather kept visitor and bird numbers very low.
A few of the usual species were about but the highlight was asingle Red Legged Partridge walking
along the Military road in front of my car with considerable reluctance to move out of the way.The few swifts and swallows venturing out had to struggle to maintain control.

Date of sighting

2013 May 10

Time of day

Birds Seen

swift
swallow
red legged partridge
raven
Magpie
Lesser Black Backed Gull
jackdaw
herring gull
black-headed gull

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Whitethroats and Cowslips

Description of sighting

A beautifull sunny morning,the Down resounded with birdson,particularly Blackcap and Whitethroat.No sign
yet of Bluebells but the Cowslips made a good display.A lot of territorial activity by Whitethroats with some
signs of pairing up.Swallows were noisy over the Fort.No sign of any Raptors during approx 3 hour visit

Date of sighting

2013 May 1

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

black redstart
chaffinch
chiffchaff
willow warbler
whitethroat
goldfinch
Rock Pipit
meadow pipit
swallow
oystercatcher
carrion crow
jackdaw
Magpie
blackbird
blackcap
shelduck
greenfinch
wheatear

a special sighting

First Visit of 2013

Description of sighting

Plenty of birds about despite being cloudy and overcast.Highlights were Wheatear and male Common Redstart.
Songthrush and Skylark could be heard but were not seen

Date of sighting

2013 Apr 24

Time of day

Morning Visit

Birds Seen

wren
willow warbler
whitethroat
wheatear
stonechat
shelduck
Rock Pipit
Robin
raven
pheasant
peregrine
oystercatcher
meadow pipit
jackdaw
greenfinch
goldfinch
dunnock
redstart
chiffchaff
carrion crow
blackcap
blackbird

a special sighting

A very overdue visit

Description of sighting

Single Blackcap in bushes along Military Road and brief view of Wheatear near Trig Point.Parent swallows feeding second broods in Main magazine and Officers quarters

Date of sighting

2012 Aug 29

Time of day

10.30 to 1.00

Birds Seen

blackcap
goldfinch
carrion crow
wheatear
swallow
house martin

A quiet start -Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

After a quiet rain influenced start,bird numbers began to increase with Paul reporting 6500 swallow
as well as new sightings such as tufted duck,ringed plover and dunlin on the beach

Date of sighting

2012 May 1

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

yellow wagtail
whimbrel
wheatear
tufted duck
tree pipit
swift
swallow
siskin
sand martin
ringed plover
linnet
lesser whitethroat
house martin
goldfinch
gannet
dunlin
common scoter
bar tailed godwit
arctic skua

a special sighting

A very Windy Day

Description of sighting

First visit in June coincided with a shift at the Fort in very windy weather.The weather did influence the
birds that were visible,The new cattle are on site now and seem to be quite settled,the bulk of the goats were on the south
side of the hill looking for a bit of sun,althought I did notice 3 of the mature males in a separate group on the north side.When opening up the magazine gate I heard a thump and saw a youg rabbit had fallen about 15 feet

Date of sighting

2012 Jun 9

Time of day

Birds Seen

swallow
stonechat
Rock Pipit
pied wagtail
linnet
kestrel
herring gull
chaffinch
carrion crow

a special sighting

Visit by Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

Highlights for me were a singe male redstart near the end of the road and very good views of a chiffchaff and willow warbler near Cox's old house.For an overcast and windy visit of about 2.5 hours the total is quite good,

Date of sighting

2012 Apr 26

Time of day

Birds Seen

carrion crow
chaffinch
chiffchaff
goldfinch
grey heron
jackdaw
lesser whitethroat
linnet
meadow pipit
peregrine
raven
redstart
Robin
shelduck
Sparrowhawk
stonechat
swallow
whitethroat
willow warbler

a special sighting

Whitethroat Day!

Description of sighting

a very hot and initially misty day.While I did hear but not see,singing Chiffchaff and Geenfinch,the overarching song was from Common Whitethroat which were very obligingly perching in good view as I walked out along the road.Male Chaffinch and male linnet were a picture in the bright sunshine.dissapointingly there were no sign of Raven or any Raptor species.There was an additional bonus of many different butterfly species in the sunshine.

Date of sighting

2012 May 25

Time of day

10am to 12am

Birds Seen

willow warbler
whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
shelduck
Robin
redstart
raven
peregrine
meadow pipit
linnet
lesser whitethroat
jackdaw
grey heron
goldfinch
chiffchaff
chaffinch
carrion crow

a special sighting
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