Magpie

Spring Morning on the Down

Description of sighting

Beautiful morning,flat calm sea with lots of gull activity.The usual birds were around although no real sign of any migration yet.Three mallard swiming off the fort and 2 buzzards picking up the warm air spirals.There were lots of Chiff chaff singing and visible together with a few Blackcap both male and female.Brief view of juvenile Peregrine.

Date of sighting

2014 Apr 1

Time of day

between 10.00 and 13.00

Birds Seen

chiffchaff
goldfinch
Great Tit
blue tit
dunnock
stonechat
blackcap
Robin
peregrine
meadow pipit
Rock Pipit
buzzard
Magpie
jackdaw
raven
chaffinch

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Sunny day in November

Description of sighting

bright sunny day,large flocks of goldfinch feeding on seedheads.Several pairs of stonechat.single dunnock.
Raven Kestrel and Peregrine enjoying the wind

Date of sighting

2013 Nov 4

Time of day

between 10.am and 12.30pm

Birds Seen

stonechat
peregrine
goldfinch
dunnock
kestrel
raven
carrion crow
jackdaw
meadow pipit
Robin
Magpie
chiffchaff
shelduck
curlew

Looking for Migrants

Description of sighting

Persistent rain in the morning cleared by lunch.Only outgoing migrants were a few Swallows and
two Wheatear flying around near the top of the steps.

Date of sighting

2013 Sep 28

Time of day

afternoon

Birds Seen

wheatear
swallow
shelduck
Rock Pipit
raven
Magpie
kestrel
jackdaw
goldfinch
carrion crow

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A quiet Visit

Description of sighting

August is normally quiet on the Down.A single Kestrel and an adult and juvenile Peregrine were the Raptors of the day.The other good birds were 4 youg Willow Warblers and an Adult.

Date of sighting

2013 Aug 22

Time of day

Morning Visit

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
willow warbler
peregrine
Magpie
kestrel
jackdaw
carrion crow

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Quality not Quantity

Description of sighting

Beautiful sunny day with some slight wind.Plenty of birdsong notably whitethroad,blackcap,robin and wren.Pheasant and Willow Warbler were heard but not seen.Very good views of a Spotted Flycatcher in the bushes along the Military Road.The usual high numbers were not seen probably due to nesting and some species moving through

Date of sighting

2013 Jun 3

Time of day

Birds Seen

wren
whitethroat
goldfinch
chaffinch
blackbird
linnet
stonechat
spotted flycatcher
kestrel
peregrine
swallow
meadow pipit
carrion crow
Magpie
shelduck
raven
jackdaw
Robin
dunnock

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A Windy Day

Description of sighting

A exceptionaly windy day at the fort,the weather kept visitor and bird numbers very low.
A few of the usual species were about but the highlight was asingle Red Legged Partridge walking
along the Military road in front of my car with considerable reluctance to move out of the way.The few swifts and swallows venturing out had to struggle to maintain control.

Date of sighting

2013 May 10

Time of day

Birds Seen

swift
swallow
red legged partridge
raven
Magpie
Lesser Black Backed Gull
jackdaw
herring gull
black-headed gull

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Whitethroats and Cowslips

Description of sighting

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

Date of sighting

2013 May 1

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

black redstart
chaffinch
chiffchaff
willow warbler
whitethroat
goldfinch
Rock Pipit
meadow pipit
swallow
oystercatcher
carrion crow
jackdaw
Magpie
blackbird
blackcap
shelduck
greenfinch
wheatear

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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

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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

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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

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