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
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
Very large numbers of gulls seen.
The Down was quite deserted early on and while the majority of birds were our more familiar species,it made me think that perhaps we do not appreciate them as much as we should?
Highlights later were 3 peregrines coming in off Steep Holm,adult and 2 juveniles perhaps?A large family of Long Tailed Tits were taking advantage of the insects in the bushes.Shelduck are gathering in the Estuary and there were a good number of Stonechat willow warblers and blackcap about.
gannet and dunlin seen over the sea
RSPB Group visit,good flying display by the resident peregrine and kestrel.Strong winds restricted small bird activity on the down but the smaller birds,particularly goldfinches and stonechats were more active in the sheltered part near Brean Down Farm.A surprising number of swallows were still around.Good views also of the White Park cattle and the Goats.
migration continues with good numbers of hirundines going over, also 300 meadow pipit.Highlight is the appearance of a Wryneck (seen by James Packer) near the reservoir.