carrion crow

Spring Visit

Description of sighting

The weather was cloudy to start and very humid,with skies clearing later.The most visble and vocal
birds were whitethroats and linnet.The whitethroats were very obliging and perched singing on the top of the bushes.Several family groups of stonechat,meadow pipit and goldfinches were also seen.Most of the usual Brean Down residents were about although there was no sign of the peregrines or kestrels usually seen.
Pairs of shellduck were around the beach on the Weston side.

Date of sighting

2010 May 21

Time of day

Morning visit between 10 and 12.45

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
willow warbler
whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
raven
pied wagtail
meadow pipit
Magpie
linnet
jackdaw
house martin
goldfinch
dunnock
chaffinch
carrion crow
blackbird

a special sighting

Seen and Heard

Description of sighting

A cold,windy and bright day obviously affected the birds that were visible on our walk along the Military Road to the Fort.The Somerset Rock Roses were coming into dispaly as were the Bluebells and Cowslips.The smaller birds were taking advantage of the shelter although robin,chiffchaff,willow warbler and whitethroat could be heard.Chaffinch was also heard.We had a very good view of a Lesser Whitethroat near the reservoir and a splendid Wood Warbler in the bushes along the Road.Linnet were quite visible and we did see a male in breeding plumage.On the return from the fort the resident Pereg

Date of sighting

2010 May 3

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
wood warbler
raven
peregrine
meadow pipit
linnet
lesser whitethroat
jackdaw
herring gull
goldfinch
cormorant
carrion crow
blackbird

a special sighting

Sunshine and Bird Song

Description of sighting

Beautiful day,sunny and some wind with clear views accross the channel to Wales.Chaffinch,Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff song was everywhere.Goldfinches and Greenfinches were also doing their best to compete with the occasional robin in the bushes along the military road.Willow Warblers were quite visible as were Male Chaffinches looking resplendant in the sunshine.Swallow numbers are increasing,I saw about 30 while on site.
 

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 16

Time of day

Morning visit 10am to 12.30am

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
willow warbler
wheatear
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
Rock Pipit
Robin
raven
pied wagtail
meadow pipit
Magpie
linnet
jackdaw
grey heron
greenfinch
dunnock
chaffinch
carrion crow

a special sighting

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

Migrants and baby Goats

Description of sighting

Very windy morning and reasonable weather.No sign of any rabbits but goats were very visible and this years youngsters were with their mothers,adult males in separate group.The usual birds were in small numbers and the weather conditions affected the sightings.A male wheatear was in the old quarry near the fort and several chiffchaffs in the bushes along the military road.A very bright willow warbler was also seen in the undergrowth.Near the fort a single peregrine was seen hunting.

Date of sighting

2010 Mar 26

Time of day

Morning visit

Birds Seen

wheatear
chiffchaff
willow warbler
peregrine
blue tit
cormorant
Robin
goldfinch
Lesser Black Backed Gull
herring gull
meadow pipit
jackdaw
carrion crow

a special sighting

Search for returning Migrants stopping off on Brean Down

Description of sighting

A morning visit to Brean Down which started in reasonably good weather to look for returning
migrants ending in in heavy rain.A pair of displaying raven were the high spot and on the return walk along the Military road there was a "possible only" sighting of a Wheatear!

Date of sighting

2010 Mar 19

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
shelduck
Rock Pipit
Robin
raven
meadow pipit
long-tailed tit
jackdaw
Great Tit
goldfinch
chaffinch
carrion crow
canada goose
blue tit
blackbird

a special sighting

First Report of 2010

Description of sighting

Bad weather and other committments delayed the first visit to Brean Down.The weather was clear and cold with very good views across to the Welsh coast and beyond.Conditions affected what was visible,with only one meadow pipit and no other small birds seen in 2 hours.The usual crows,magpies and blackbirds were present.A single hen pheasant in the gorse was quite a surprise.In the estuary,shellduck and mallard were feeding on the mudflats along with a group of about distant 20 waders,probably Redshank .3 Ravens were very visble and vocal.The feral goats and local rabbits were easy to find.

Date of sighting

2010 Jan 28

Time of day

Morning

Birds Seen

shelduck
raven
pheasant
meadow pipit
Mallard
jackdaw
herring gull
carrion crow
blackbird

a special sighting

Visit Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

significant groups of goldfinches flying around,jackdaw and crow numbers were high.
Good view of pair of ravens flying together and a single peregrine looking for prey

Date of sighting

2009 Oct 16

Time of day

Morning

Birds Seen

wren
stonechat
starling
song thrush
shelduck
Robin
raven
pheasant
oystercatcher
meadow pipit
blackbird
goldfinch
peregrine
long-tailed tit
carrion crow
jackdaw

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
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