First Swallows of 2015 reported today by National Trust Staff over the Iron Age Fort
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.
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.
Persistent rain in the morning cleared by lunch.Only outgoing migrants were a few Swallows and
two Wheatear flying around near the top of the steps.
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 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.
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
Single Blackcap in bushes along Military Road and brief view of Wheatear near Trig Point.Parent swallows feeding second broods in Main magazine and Officers quarters
After a quiet rain influenced start,bird numbers began to increase with Paul reporting 6500 swallow
as well as new sightings such as tufted duck,ringed plover and dunlin on the beach