chaffinch

Windy Day at Brean

Description of sighting

Black Redstart still giving good views,has been here in Brean Cove since October 2014.Murmuration of starlings,about 1500,displaying in the fields by Brean Farm.Although sunny day,the low temperature and strong winds kept numbers low.

Date of sighting

2015 Mar 3

Time of day

10.30am to 12.30am

Birds Seen

starling
shelduck
redshank
raven
kestrel
jackdaw
herring gull
greenfinch
Great Tit
goldfinch
dunnock
curlew
chaffinch
meadow pipit
carrion crow
blue tit
black redstart

a special sighting

First Visit of 2015

Date of sighting

2015 Jan 23

Time of day

10.30 13.00

Birds Seen

dunlin
redshank
curlew
redwing
Lapwing
chaffinch
greenfinch
goldfinch
Robin
woodpigeon
jackdaw
raven
peregrine
carrion crow
oystercatcher
shelduck
black redstart

a special sighting

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

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

Overcast Morning walk

Description of sighting

weather not really good for birding but saw mostly small birds.no sign of blackcaps but plenty heard singing in undergrowth.Pair of Stonechat and Meadow Pipit in usual locations.A few housemartins in the low clouds

Date of sighting

2014 Apr 7

Time of day

between 12.30 and 2.00

Birds Seen

stonechat
meadow pipit
kestrel
jackdaw
Great Tit
goldfinch
dunnock
house martin
chiffchaff
chaffinch
carrion crow
blue tit

a special sighting

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

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

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

a special sighting

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

a special sighting

A very Windy Day

Description of sighting

First visit in June coincided with a shift at the Fort in very windy weather.The weather did influence the
birds that were visible,The new cattle are on site now and seem to be quite settled,the bulk of the goats were on the south
side of the hill looking for a bit of sun,althought I did notice 3 of the mature males in a separate group on the north side.When opening up the magazine gate I heard a thump and saw a youg rabbit had fallen about 15 feet

Date of sighting

2012 Jun 9

Time of day

Birds Seen

swallow
stonechat
Rock Pipit
pied wagtail
linnet
kestrel
herring gull
chaffinch
carrion crow

a special sighting
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