Mallard

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

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

Morning Visit PGM

Description of sighting

bright and pleasant morning after dull start,large numberr of common species seeen

Date of sighting

2009 Apr 14

Time of day

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
stonechat
starling
shelduck
raven
meadow pipit
Mallard
Magpie
Lesser Black Backed Gull
jackdaw
house sparrow
herring gull
goldfinch
collared dove
carrion crow
blackcap

a special sighting

First visit of 2009

Description of sighting

Cold damp day,reflected in species seen.On flooded fields near Farm I saw Swans,Shelduck and a solitary
Little Egret.On my way back to the car,20+ Curlew flew in,reflecting high tide conditions.Very large numbers Blackheaded Gulls and a few Herring and Lesser Black Backed Gulls about.There were also a pair of mallard swimming in the Dew Pond,near the site of Cox's Old House

Date of sighting

2009 Jan 13

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

shelduck
Robin
raven
mute swan
Mallard
little egret
Lesser Black Backed Gull
kestrel
herring gull
curlew
carrion crow
blackbird
black-headed gull

a special sighting

Morning Walk in the Sunshine

Description of sighting

After a very wet evening,the Down had dried out quite well and there were few people initially.On arrival there were two sparrowhawks flying over,closley followed by a heron and a large flight of goldfinches.On the top of the Down,there were large numbers of adult and juvenile stonechats,and a few quite visible wheaters.A young couple and their ferret came by,the ferret apparantly not having spotted the rabbits near the road.In the bushes tere were large numbers of longtailed tits ,a  few blue and great tits together with a very vocal robin.Low Tide and the exposed mud showed up the large

Date of sighting

2008 Sep 1

Time of day

Between 10 am and 12.30

Birds Seen

wood warbler
wheatear
swallow
Sparrowhawk
shelduck
Robin
Mallard
Magpie
long-tailed tit
little egret
kestrel
herring gull
Great Tit
carrion crow
blue tit

a special sighting
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