reasonable number of resident and migrating birds
a quiet day for numbers and species
some overnight grounding of migrants today.
swallow and sand martin still going through,a reasonable number of other species seen
Paul reports large numbers of swallows passing over and a group of 6 manx shearwater viewed distantly
from the end of the fort.He also saw 3 Harbour Porpoises in the rough water near Howe Rock
The Down was quite deserted early on and while the majority of birds were our more familiar species,it made me think that perhaps we do not appreciate them as much as we should?
Highlights later were 3 peregrines coming in off Steep Holm,adult and 2 juveniles perhaps?A large family of Long Tailed Tits were taking advantage of the insects in the bushes.Shelduck are gathering in the Estuary and there were a good number of Stonechat willow warblers and blackcap about.
house martin and swallow moving over Brean feeding on the way.
a good scattering of birds over the down
Weather was initially good but became very windy and overcast which had a bearing on the small birds that were around.
Some Swallows and House martins were going through and we had good views of a Wheatear at the Fort.The goats and cattle were also in good view but only a single rabbit!The highligh for the family was clear views of the Ravens and a Kestrel struggling against the wind but for me,a hunting Peregrine was a welcome sight.