kestrel

Early Migrants ?

Description of sighting

Very warm sunny day with many visitors enjoying Brean.Plenty of birds seen and heard but sadly
no migrants seen on this visit

Date of sighting

2011 Mar 19

Time of day

afternoon

Birds Seen

blue tit
carrion crow
chaffinch
Great Tit
kestrel
long-tailed tit
meadow pipit
oystercatcher
raven
Robin
shelduck
stonechat

a special sighting

Group Visit WSM RSPB Group

Description of sighting

RSPB Group visit,good flying display by the resident peregrine and kestrel.Strong winds restricted small bird activity on the down but the smaller birds,particularly goldfinches and stonechats were more active in the sheltered part near Brean Down Farm.A surprising number of swallows were still around.Good views also of the White Park cattle and the Goats.

Date of sighting

2010 Oct 16

Time of day

10am till 1.00 pm

Birds Seen

swallow
stonechat
starling
Rock Pipit
raven
peregrine
little egret
linnet
kestrel
jackdaw
goldfinch
dunlin
bullfinch
chiffchaff
carrion crow

a special sighting

Morning Visit - Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

large number of bird species seen,migrants few and far between due to weather conditions.The young kestrels were quite visible and active and shellduck numbers are begining to build in the River Axe.The cattle and goats were very easily found and provided some good views.Visitor reported some rutting activity with the goats. Singles of wheatear,whinchat,whitethroat and wood warbler were probably the highlights.

Date of sighting

2010 Sep 17

Time of day

10am to 1pm

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
wood warbler
whinchat
wheatear
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
Robin
raven
long-tailed tit
little egret
linnet
kestrel
jackdaw
house martin
herring gull
Great Tit
goldfinch
blue tit
black-headed gull

a special sighting

Search for outgoing migrants stopping off on Brean Down

Description of sighting

three wheatear at the top of the steps.Kestrel very active and at least 4 birds seen but no sighting of peregrines.Raven good display near Military Road.Swallows feeding among the White Park cattle near the fort and at the weston end of Brean,200 plus house martins and a few swallows near Brean Farm.
One single swift seen.

Date of sighting

2010 Aug 13

Time of day

morning visit 10-1

Birds Seen

wheatear
swift
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
raven
oystercatcher
kestrel
jackdaw
house martin
herring gull
Great Tit
goldfinch
carrion crow

a special sighting

Summer Visit

Description of sighting

A beautiful sunny day with,as expected for the time of year,little bird activity.Plenty of visitors of the human variety enjoying the sun shine and exploring the Fort at the seaward end of Brean Down.The White Park and British White cattle were much in evidence.

Date of sighting

2010 Aug 2

Time of day

Birds Seen

herring gull
goldfinch
kestrel
carrion crow
Lesser Black Backed Gull

Report Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

Main highlights during a 3 hour National Trust duty at the Fort were the first swallow of 2010,
and spectacular low flying by a pair of Raven over the old quarry,A pergrine and a single mail kestrel were the only raptors,and on driving back along the military road a single stonechat was spotted.The weather was cold and windy with a few breaks in the cloud.

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 7

Time of day

1.30 to 4.30

Birds Seen

swallow
stonechat
raven
peregrine
kestrel
jackdaw
carrion crow
herring gull

a special sighting

Visit RSPB Weston Super Mare local group

Description of sighting

19 species present from 10 till 12.30

Date of sighting

2009 Oct 14

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

blue tit
Great Tit
blackbird
Robin
linnet
chiffchaff
willow warbler
Sparrowhawk
kestrel
swallow
long-tailed tit
stonechat
Rock Pipit
meadow pipit
redwing
siskin
pied wagtail
wren
peregrine

a special sighting

Looking for Migrants = Report Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

Very windy day,most small birds were either invisible or brief glimpses only.Single whitethroat was the only obvious downed migrant.Very good view of hunting female sparrowhawk on the steep road from the farm track.Good views also of group of ravens and shellduck numbers are increasing on the Mud flats.Good photo oportunity at the top of the steps with two adult male goats "jousting",the sound reminiscent of BBC Natural history programmes.Swallow passage continued over.

Date of sighting

2009 Sep 15

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
swallow
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
shelduck
Rock Pipit
raven
peregrine
Magpie
linnet
kestrel
jackdaw
carrion crow

a special sighting

A Very Windy Day = Report Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

Hopes of a fall of migrants after the wind and rain yesterday did not materialise.The weather cleared and very good views of the Welsh coast were on offer but the wind kept most small birds in cover.At one stage gulls seemed to be flying backwards against the wind and the only birds active were a single kestrel,two peregrine and a buzzard which provided good views.Some small bird songs were evident and a raven could be heard in the distance.The tide was low and large numbers of shellduck were visible on the mudflats.Later in the morning there were quite a number of low flying swallows near

Date of sighting

2009 Sep 4

Time of day

Morning Visit between 10 and 12

Birds Seen

stonechat
shelduck
Rock Pipit
peregrine
Magpie
Lesser Black Backed Gull
kestrel
goldfinch
cormorant
carrion crow
buzzard

a special sighting

First visit of 2009

Description of sighting

Cold damp day,reflected in species seen.On flooded fields near Farm I saw Swans,Shelduck and a solitary
Little Egret.On my way back to the car,20+ Curlew flew in,reflecting high tide conditions.Very large numbers Blackheaded Gulls and a few Herring and Lesser Black Backed Gulls about.There were also a pair of mallard swimming in the Dew Pond,near the site of Cox's Old House

Date of sighting

2009 Jan 13

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

shelduck
Robin
raven
mute swan
Mallard
little egret
Lesser Black Backed Gull
kestrel
herring gull
curlew
carrion crow
blackbird
black-headed gull

a special sighting
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