peregrine

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

First Visit of 2013

Description of sighting

Plenty of birds about despite being cloudy and overcast.Highlights were Wheatear and male Common Redstart.
Songthrush and Skylark could be heard but were not seen

Date of sighting

2013 Apr 24

Time of day

Morning Visit

Birds Seen

wren
willow warbler
whitethroat
wheatear
stonechat
shelduck
Rock Pipit
Robin
raven
pheasant
peregrine
oystercatcher
meadow pipit
jackdaw
greenfinch
goldfinch
dunnock
redstart
chiffchaff
carrion crow
blackcap
blackbird

a special sighting

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

a special sighting

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

a special sighting

First Recording Visit of 2012

Description of sighting

Overcast,windy and some rain.
Good views of Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers in the bushes mid way along the road to the fort.
At least 4 Ravens were active and small groups of swallow were feeding.One pair of Stonechat were seen as well as singles.On the return trip a splendid male Common Redstart was found at the top of the slope and a single Peregrine was above the ridge.Whitethroats were visible and quite vocal.

Date of sighting

2012 Apr 26

Time of day

morning visit of about 2.5 hours

Birds Seen

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

a special sighting

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

Family Visit

Description of sighting

Weather was initially good but became very windy and overcast which had a bearing on the small birds that were around.
Some Swallows and House martins were going through and we had good views of a Wheatear at the Fort.The goats and cattle were also in good view but only a single rabbit!The highligh for the family was clear views of the Ravens and a Kestrel struggling against the wind but for me,a hunting Peregrine was a welcome sight.

Date of sighting

2011 Aug 25

Time of day

in the afternoon

Birds Seen

whitethroat
raven
jackdaw
woodpigeon
kestrel
peregrine
herring gull

a special sighting

Group Visit WSM RSPB Group

Description of sighting

RSPB Group visit,good flying display by the resident peregrine and kestrel.Strong winds restricted small bird activity on the down but the smaller birds,particularly goldfinches and stonechats were more active in the sheltered part near Brean Down Farm.A surprising number of swallows were still around.Good views also of the White Park cattle and the Goats.

Date of sighting

2010 Oct 16

Time of day

10am till 1.00 pm

Birds Seen

swallow
stonechat
starling
Rock Pipit
raven
peregrine
little egret
linnet
kestrel
jackdaw
goldfinch
dunlin
bullfinch
chiffchaff
carrion crow

a special sighting

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

a special sighting

Seen and Heard

Description of sighting

A cold,windy and bright day obviously affected the birds that were visible on our walk along the Military Road to the Fort.The Somerset Rock Roses were coming into dispaly as were the Bluebells and Cowslips.The smaller birds were taking advantage of the shelter although robin,chiffchaff,willow warbler and whitethroat could be heard.Chaffinch was also heard.We had a very good view of a Lesser Whitethroat near the reservoir and a splendid Wood Warbler in the bushes along the Road.Linnet were quite visible and we did see a male in breeding plumage.On the return from the fort the resident Pereg

Date of sighting

2010 May 3

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
wood warbler
raven
peregrine
meadow pipit
linnet
lesser whitethroat
jackdaw
herring gull
goldfinch
cormorant
carrion crow
blackbird

a special sighting
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