swallow

Morning Visit - Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

large number of bird species seen,migrants few and far between due to weather conditions.The young kestrels were quite visible and active and shellduck numbers are begining to build in the River Axe.The cattle and goats were very easily found and provided some good views.Visitor reported some rutting activity with the goats. Singles of wheatear,whinchat,whitethroat and wood warbler were probably the highlights.

Date of sighting

2010 Sep 17

Time of day

10am to 1pm

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
wood warbler
whinchat
wheatear
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
Robin
raven
long-tailed tit
little egret
linnet
kestrel
jackdaw
house martin
herring gull
Great Tit
goldfinch
blue tit
black-headed gull

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

Bright sunny day with some cloud.Migrants still passing.

Date of sighting

2010 Sep 4

Time of day

Birds Seen

whinchat
spotted flycatcher
redstart
wheatear
house martin
swallow

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

high number of migrant species seen,particularly wheatear in the area of the fort.

Date of sighting

2010 Sep 2

Time of day

Birds Seen

sand martin
goldfinch
grasshopper warbler
chiffchaff
blackcap
goldcrest
bullfinch
great spotted woodpecker
yellow wagtail
willow warbler
whitethroat
wheatear
tree pipit
swallow
spotted flycatcher

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Date of sighting

2010 Aug 22

Time of day

Birds Seen

wheatear
swallow
whinchat
house martin
sand martin

Search for outgoing migrants stopping off on Brean Down

Description of sighting

three wheatear at the top of the steps.Kestrel very active and at least 4 birds seen but no sighting of peregrines.Raven good display near Military Road.Swallows feeding among the White Park cattle near the fort and at the weston end of Brean,200 plus house martins and a few swallows near Brean Farm.
One single swift seen.

Date of sighting

2010 Aug 13

Time of day

morning visit 10-1

Birds Seen

wheatear
swift
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
raven
oystercatcher
kestrel
jackdaw
house martin
herring gull
Great Tit
goldfinch
carrion crow

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Date of sighting

2010 Aug 11

Time of day

Birds Seen

whinchat
wheatear
swallow

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

40 willow warbler seen accross Brean Down and large number of swallows also seen

Date of sighting

2010 Aug 8

Time of day

Birds Seen

tree pipit
yellow wagtail
willow warbler
swallow

Spring Visit

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2010 May 21

Time of day

Morning visit between 10 and 12.45

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
willow warbler
whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
raven
pied wagtail
meadow pipit
Magpie
linnet
jackdaw
house martin
goldfinch
dunnock
chaffinch
carrion crow
blackbird

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

high number of species seen,gannet and whimbrel going up channel.Also first reported Swift of 2010

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 25

Time of day

Birds Seen

yellowhammer
yellow wagtail
wood warbler
whimbrel
wheatear
tree pipit
swift
swallow
sand martin
house martin
grasshopper warbler
gannet

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

small fall of migrants,but high species count.

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 24

Time of day

Birds Seen

white wagtail
house martin
swallow
redpoll
lesser whitethroat
wheatear
sedge warbler
yellow wagtail
tree pipit
redstart
willow warbler
grasshopper warbler
blackcap

a special sighting
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