Lesser Black Backed Gull

A very cold morning on the beach

Description of sighting

A very cold and damp morning,the beach was very busy with birds feeding in quite large numbers.Of particular interest was a single heron that came off the estuary and perched on arock and groups of 100 active Dunlin wheeling around the beach.A single female Black Redstart was in the Car Park

Date of sighting

2014 Nov 25

Time of day

morning on falling tide

Birds Seen

shelduck
oystercatcher
Lesser Black Backed Gull
grey heron
dunlin
carrion crow
black-headed gull

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

A Windy Day

Description of sighting

A exceptionaly windy day at the fort,the weather kept visitor and bird numbers very low.
A few of the usual species were about but the highlight was asingle Red Legged Partridge walking
along the Military road in front of my car with considerable reluctance to move out of the way.The few swifts and swallows venturing out had to struggle to maintain control.

Date of sighting

2013 May 10

Time of day

Birds Seen

swift
swallow
red legged partridge
raven
Magpie
Lesser Black Backed Gull
jackdaw
herring gull
black-headed gull

a special sighting

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

Very large numbers of gulls seen.

Date of sighting

2012 Jan 7

Time of day

Birds Seen

herring gull
black-headed gull
Lesser Black Backed Gull
common gull
shelduck
dunlin
kittiwake
chaffinch
oystercatcher

a special sighting

Summer Visit

Description of sighting

A beautiful sunny day with,as expected for the time of year,little bird activity.Plenty of visitors of the human variety enjoying the sun shine and exploring the Fort at the seaward end of Brean Down.The White Park and British White cattle were much in evidence.

Date of sighting

2010 Aug 2

Time of day

Birds Seen

herring gull
goldfinch
kestrel
carrion crow
Lesser Black Backed Gull

Migrants and baby Goats

Description of sighting

Very windy morning and reasonable weather.No sign of any rabbits but goats were very visible and this years youngsters were with their mothers,adult males in separate group.The usual birds were in small numbers and the weather conditions affected the sightings.A male wheatear was in the old quarry near the fort and several chiffchaffs in the bushes along the military road.A very bright willow warbler was also seen in the undergrowth.Near the fort a single peregrine was seen hunting.

Date of sighting

2010 Mar 26

Time of day

Morning visit

Birds Seen

wheatear
chiffchaff
willow warbler
peregrine
blue tit
cormorant
Robin
goldfinch
Lesser Black Backed Gull
herring gull
meadow pipit
jackdaw
carrion crow

a special sighting

A Very Windy Day = Report Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

Hopes of a fall of migrants after the wind and rain yesterday did not materialise.The weather cleared and very good views of the Welsh coast were on offer but the wind kept most small birds in cover.At one stage gulls seemed to be flying backwards against the wind and the only birds active were a single kestrel,two peregrine and a buzzard which provided good views.Some small bird songs were evident and a raven could be heard in the distance.The tide was low and large numbers of shellduck were visible on the mudflats.Later in the morning there were quite a number of low flying swallows near

Date of sighting

2009 Sep 4

Time of day

Morning Visit between 10 and 12

Birds Seen

stonechat
shelduck
Rock Pipit
peregrine
Magpie
Lesser Black Backed Gull
kestrel
goldfinch
cormorant
carrion crow
buzzard

a special sighting

Report Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

First visit for about 4 weeks,day started warm and sunny but clouded over by mid day.The Down is very green at the moment and the birds were taking advantage of the cover in the trees and bushes.Reasonable numbers of species seen,mostly low or single numbers.Largest group was adult and young linnets.Swallows hunting over the short grass.Peregrine seen briefly as I arrived,but could be heard later on.A good view of a Peregrine harrasing a flock of Oystercatchers at high tide in the riverat the eastern end of Brean Down.No catches made.

Date of sighting

2009 Jul 28

Time of day

Morning

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
swallow
stonechat
peregrine
oystercatcher
meadow pipit
Magpie
linnet
Lesser Black Backed Gull
herring gull
goldfinch
chaffinch
carrion crow
blue tit
blackbird

a special sighting

Report Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

Very pleasant morning,bright and sunny with some cloud.Birds in low numbers as expected this time of season,with some feeding flights evident.Chiffchaff and Stonechat heard but not visible.Swallow hunting for insects very low over grass.The cattle have returned

Date of sighting

2009 Jun 19

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

willow warbler
whitethroat
swallow
skylark
meadow pipit
Magpie
linnet
Lesser Black Backed Gull
jackdaw
greenfinch
goldfinch
chaffinch
carrion crow

a special sighting

Morning Visit PGM

Description of sighting

bright and pleasant morning after dull start,large numberr of common species seeen

Date of sighting

2009 Apr 14

Time of day

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
stonechat
starling
shelduck
raven
meadow pipit
Mallard
Magpie
Lesser Black Backed Gull
jackdaw
house sparrow
herring gull
goldfinch
collared dove
carrion crow
blackcap

a special sighting
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