carrion crow

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

First Recording Visit of 2012

Description of sighting

Overcast,windy and some rain.
Good views of Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers in the bushes mid way along the road to the fort.
At least 4 Ravens were active and small groups of swallow were feeding.One pair of Stonechat were seen as well as singles.On the return trip a splendid male Common Redstart was found at the top of the slope and a single Peregrine was above the ridge.Whitethroats were visible and quite vocal.

Date of sighting

2012 Apr 26

Time of day

morning visit of about 2.5 hours

Birds Seen

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

a special sighting

Overdue Visit

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2010 Sep 9

Time of day

10am to 1.0pm

Birds Seen

raven
peregrine
Mallard
Magpie
long-tailed tit
jackdaw
Great Tit
goldfinch
dunlin
curlew
chiffchaff
carrion crow
blue tit
blackcap

a special sighting

Bluebells,Birdsong and Butterflies

Description of sighting

A fine bright if windy morning.The Down was covered in Bluebells and the Somerset Rock Roses
were out on the Southern slopes.It seemed that most bushes had either a whitethroat singing on top or inside as I walked along the road.A pheasant was calling but not visible.Male Orange Tip,Green-veined white and small Tortoiseshell were quite visible.

Date of sighting

2011 Apr 28

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

carrion crow
chaffinch
goldfinch
herring gull
jackdaw
lesser whitethroat
linnet
Magpie
Mallard
raven
Robin
Rock Pipit
shelduck
stonechat
whitethroat
willow warbler

a special sighting

A wet and windy visit!

Description of sighting

Despite a lot of rain there was quite a bit of activity.Most of the birds were singles but there were 10+ Chaffinches and at least 30 Linnet.Stonechat numbers were also increasing.There was good views of the feral goat population.

Date of sighting

2011 Mar 30

Time of day

Birds Seen

carrion crow
raven
jackdaw
linnet
chaffinch
goldfinch
blackbird
meadow pipit
chiffchaff
willow warbler
stonechat
Robin
song thrush

a special sighting

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

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

Windy Visit

Description of sighting

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

Date of sighting

2010 Jun 10

Time of day

Between 10 & 12.30

Birds Seen

carrion crow
chaffinch
goldfinch
greenfinch
house martin
jackdaw
linnet
Magpie
meadow pipit
peregrine
raven
stonechat
swift
willow warbler
woodpigeon

a special sighting
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