Sparrowhawk

Rare Visitors

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2014 Dec 10

Time of day

10am - 1pm

Birds Seen

Twite
Sparrowhawk
Snow Bunting
peregrine

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Local RSPB Group planned visit.

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2014 Oct 15

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

blue tit
buzzard
carrion crow
chiffchaff
dunnock
goldcrest
goldfinch
Great Tit
jackdaw
kestrel
long-tailed tit
peregrine
raven
redwing
Robin
shelduck
song thrush
Sparrowhawk
stonechat
wheatear
willow warbler
wren
yellow browed warbler

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A Special Visit

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2014 Sep 7

Time of day

Birds Seen

wryneck
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
linnet
jackdaw
carrion crow

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Group Visit

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2014 Jun 3

Time of day

10 to 12.30

Birds Seen

whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
shelduck
Robin
oystercatcher
linnet
Lesser Black Backed Gull
jackdaw
house martin
herring gull
greenfinch
goldfinch
dunnock
chiffchaff
chaffinch
carrion crow

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Visit by Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

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,

Date of sighting

2012 Apr 26

Time of day

Birds Seen

carrion crow
chaffinch
chiffchaff
goldfinch
grey heron
jackdaw
lesser whitethroat
linnet
meadow pipit
peregrine
raven
redstart
Robin
shelduck
Sparrowhawk
stonechat
swallow
whitethroat
willow warbler

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Whitethroat Day!

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2012 May 25

Time of day

10am to 12am

Birds Seen

willow warbler
whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
shelduck
Robin
redstart
raven
peregrine
meadow pipit
linnet
lesser whitethroat
jackdaw
grey heron
goldfinch
chiffchaff
chaffinch
carrion crow

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Early Morning Visit-Paul Bowyer (6.30 to 8.30 am)

Description of sighting

Paul reports this list of birds moving north over Brean Down

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 16

Time of day

Birds Seen

wheatear
tree pipit
swallow
Sparrowhawk
siskin
shelduck
redpoll
meadow pipit
linnet
greenfinch
goldfinch
collared dove
chaffinch

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Visit RSPB Weston Super Mare local group

Description of sighting

19 species present from 10 till 12.30

Date of sighting

2009 Oct 14

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

blue tit
Great Tit
blackbird
Robin
linnet
chiffchaff
willow warbler
Sparrowhawk
kestrel
swallow
long-tailed tit
stonechat
Rock Pipit
meadow pipit
redwing
siskin
pied wagtail
wren
peregrine

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Looking for Migrants = Report Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2009 Sep 15

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
swallow
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
shelduck
Rock Pipit
raven
peregrine
Magpie
linnet
kestrel
jackdaw
carrion crow

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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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