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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
some good new birds for 2011 with small passage movement continuing
Overcast and windy morning.The weather had a bearing on what was visible,the smaller birds were experiencing some difficulties in perching and while there was a reasonable ammount of birdsong,sightings were either singles or small groups of 2 or 3.The largest group today were the Linnets.The usual larger birds were in reasonable numbers.There were good views of the White Park cattle now on the Down for the Summer grazing and the resident goats were very visible. A male Stonechat in full colour was a good sight.The Peregrines were having to work hard in the strong winds
Paul reports this list of birds moving north over Brean Down