cormorant

A sunny day at Brean Down

Date of sighting

2014 Jul 30

Time of day

10.00 to 12.30

Birds Seen

whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
raven
peregrine
oystercatcher
kestrel
herring gull
Green Woodpecker
goldfinch
cormorant
black-headed gull

a special sighting

Wildflowers and Warblers

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2014 Apr 30

Time of day

10.30 to 1.30

Birds Seen

whitethroat
stonechat
chaffinch
chiffchaff
blackcap
swallow
house martin
shelduck
linnet
cormorant
wren
willow warbler
dunnock
long-tailed tit
goldfinch
jackdaw
raven
buzzard
carrion crow

a special sighting

Early Migrants ?

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2014 Mar 20

Time of day

Morning approx 10.00 to 13.00

Birds Seen

shelduck
Rock Pipit
raven
peregrine
oystercatcher
meadow pipit
goldfinch
dunnock
cormorant
chaffinch
buzzard
blue tit
blackbird
black redstart

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

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

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 to look for new arrivals

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2009 Mar 20

Time of day

9.30 to 12.30

Birds Seen

wren
wheatear
stonechat
sand martin
raven
peregrine
meadow pipit
Magpie
linnet
jackdaw
herring gull
goldfinch
goldcrest
cormorant
carrion crow
chiffchaff
chaffinch

a special sighting

Scheduled visit to Brean Fort

Description of sighting

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

Date of sighting

2008 Aug 15

Time of day

Between 2pm and 5.30pm

Birds Seen

swallow
herring gull
carrion crow
raven
cormorant
wheatear

a special sighting
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