Found the 4 Twite that had been reported on S.O.S and Bird Guides also a splendid Male Snow Bunting on the Shingle Bank near the Sea Wall at Brean Down Farm.Lots of duck and waders (Redshank and Dunlin) in the Estuary.Good views of Redwing and Fieldfare in the bushes approaching Brean Down Farm.Good views also of the resident Peregrine low over Brean Cove and a hunting Sparrowhawk on the Estuary.
We were unable to find the Ring Ouzel reported on the previous day but that was more than made up for by a very obliging Yellow Browed Warbler in with a mixed flock of small birds including Goldcrest in the bushes near Brean Down Farm.The first Redwing were a bonus as was good sightings of Buzzard,Kestre,Peregrine and Sparrowhawk.Large numbers of Shelduck (650+) were also seen.
I visited Brean Down this afternoon having seen a report on S.O.S (Somerset Ornithological Society)
Web Page that a Long Eared Owl had been flushed from the trees on Brean.A Wryneck had also been found on the slope as well as a Black Redstart.I was able to find the Wryneck which was not too cooperative but gave good views with long gaps in between.The other two could not be found.There were the usual Crows and Jackdaws and a few Linnet and young Stonechats around and on the way back to the car park I saw a Sparrowhawk take down a starling in the adjoining fields.
5 of us from the National Trust had a good stroll around looking at the birds,the usual summer visitors could
be heard singing but were harder to see as you would expect at this time.Highspots were good views of a male Greenfinch,whitethroats and a very obliging Chiffchaff.Several Stonechat were also quite easy to see.The only raptor present was a Sparrowhawk ,probaly female which came quite close and gave us a good view.
Highlights for me were a singe male redstart near the end of the road and very good views of a chiffchaff and willow warbler near Cox's old house.For an overcast and windy visit of about 2.5 hours the total is quite good,
a very hot and initially misty day.While I did hear but not see,singing Chiffchaff and Geenfinch,the overarching song was from Common Whitethroat which were very obligingly perching in good view as I walked out along the road.Male Chaffinch and male linnet were a picture in the bright sunshine.dissapointingly there were no sign of Raven or any Raptor species.There was an additional bonus of many different butterfly species in the sunshine.
Paul reports this list of birds moving north over Brean Down
19 species present from 10 till 12.30
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.
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