on and over Brean Down

Spring Morning on the Down

Description of sighting

Beautiful morning,flat calm sea with lots of gull activity.The usual birds were around although no real sign of any migration yet.Three mallard swiming off the fort and 2 buzzards picking up the warm air spirals.There were lots of Chiff chaff singing and visible together with a few Blackcap both male and female.Brief view of juvenile Peregrine.

Date of sighting

2014 Apr 1

Time of day

between 10.00 and 13.00

Birds Seen

chiffchaff
goldfinch
Great Tit
blue tit
dunnock
stonechat
blackcap
Robin
peregrine
meadow pipit
Rock Pipit
buzzard
Magpie
jackdaw
raven
chaffinch

a special sighting

Early Migrants ?

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2014 Mar 20

Time of day

Morning approx 10.00 to 13.00

Birds Seen

shelduck
Rock Pipit
raven
peregrine
oystercatcher
meadow pipit
goldfinch
dunnock
cormorant
chaffinch
buzzard
blue tit
blackbird
black redstart

a special sighting

Looking for Migrants

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2013 Sep 28

Time of day

afternoon

Birds Seen

wheatear
swallow
shelduck
Rock Pipit
raven
Magpie
kestrel
jackdaw
goldfinch
carrion crow

a special sighting

A quiet Visit

Description of sighting

August is normally quiet on the Down.A single Kestrel and an adult and juvenile Peregrine were the Raptors of the day.The other good birds were 4 youg Willow Warblers and an Adult.

Date of sighting

2013 Aug 22

Time of day

Morning Visit

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
willow warbler
peregrine
Magpie
kestrel
jackdaw
carrion crow

a special sighting

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

A busy day!

Date of sighting

2012 Apr 25

Time of day

Birds Seen

swift
swallow
house martin
grasshopper warbler
yellow wagtail
whitethroat
siskin
meadow pipit
goldfinch
linnet
willow warbler

a special sighting

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

First Pied Flycatcher on Brean for 2012

Date of sighting

2012 Apr 23

Time of day

Birds Seen

whitethroat
wheatear
swallow
pied flycatcher
grasshopper warbler
chiffchaff
blackcap

a special sighting

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

Paul reports an overflying Goosander as well as a Great Skua or "Bonxie"

Date of sighting

2012 Apr 22

Time of day

Birds Seen

Great Skua
Goosander
tree pipit
whitethroat
wheatear

a special sighting

Report from Paul Bowyer

Date of sighting

2012 Apr 13

Time of day

Birds Seen

grasshopper warbler
redstart
tree pipit
blackcap
chiffchaff
swallow

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

Early Chiffchaff and Bewick Swan overfly

Date of sighting

2012 Jan 14

Time of day

Birds Seen

black redstart
chiffchaff
Bewick Swan

a special sighting

Some New Birds from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

some good new birds for 2011 with small passage movement continuing

Date of sighting

Time of day

Birds Seen

redpoll
siskin
crossbill
meadow pipit
greenfinch
chaffinch
goldfinch
ring ouzel
merlin
black redstart
chiffchaff

a special sighting
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