The Down looked a picture this morning once the early mist had lifted,with the bluebells and cowslips
well in flower.The Somerset Rock Rose around the Steps are coming into bloom.Rabbits and Goats
were showing well.
The Whitethroats were back in good number and singing Chiffchaff were visible.Singles of Dunnock Blackcap and Chaffinchas well as a few Goldfinches added to to background.A small flock of Linnet were a welcome sight,with one male well into breeding colours.
First visit of 2014 in the hope of finding migrants,specifically overflying Sand Martins and an early Wheatear or two.No luck but I did find a cracking Male Black Redstart in the quarry near the Fort,the bird gave some good views in the sunshine.Several pairs of Stonechat were easily seen.A surprise for Brean was a Buzzard working the hillside.Two adult Peregrines were a good sight.I did hear a Pheasant and a Skylark but could not find them.
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
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.
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
Very sunny day with some mist and light wind.Small numbers stonechat and wheatear including 3 spectacular males.10+ linnet including one very bright male.Small flocks of goldfinces seen.
First sunny day for some time,large numbers of young swallows feeding over the fort.Single cormorant briefly on Weston side of Down.Herring gulls in usual numbers.Highlights were a family group of raven and 3 female wheatear on the Military Road