Visit to Brean with prospective new Volunteer Wardens brought a good total of species,at least 6 wheatear feeding
on the beach and Blackcap,Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff in the bushes were a bonus as were 2 quite visible Goldcrests
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.
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
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
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
Despite a lot of rain there was quite a bit of activity.Most of the birds were singles but there were 10+ Chaffinches and at least 30 Linnet.Stonechat numbers were also increasing.There was good views of the feral goat population.
The weather was cloudy to start and very humid,with skies clearing later.The most visble and vocal
birds were whitethroats and linnet.The whitethroats were very obliging and perched singing on the top of the bushes.Several family groups of stonechat,meadow pipit and goldfinches were also seen.Most of the usual Brean Down residents were about although there was no sign of the peregrines or kestrels usually seen.
Pairs of shellduck were around the beach on the Weston side.
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
A morning visit to Brean Down which started in reasonably good weather to look for returning
migrants ending in in heavy rain.A pair of displaying raven were the high spot and on the return walk along the Military road there was a "possible only" sighting of a Wheatear!
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.