dunlin

First Visit of 2015

Date of sighting

2015 Jan 23

Time of day

10.30 13.00

Birds Seen

dunlin
redshank
curlew
redwing
Lapwing
chaffinch
greenfinch
goldfinch
Robin
woodpigeon
jackdaw
raven
peregrine
carrion crow
oystercatcher
shelduck
black redstart

a special sighting

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

A quiet start -Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

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

Date of sighting

2012 May 1

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

yellow wagtail
whimbrel
wheatear
tufted duck
tree pipit
swift
swallow
siskin
sand martin
ringed plover
linnet
lesser whitethroat
house martin
goldfinch
gannet
dunlin
common scoter
bar tailed godwit
arctic skua

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

Overdue Visit

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2010 Sep 9

Time of day

10am to 1.0pm

Birds Seen

raven
peregrine
Mallard
Magpie
long-tailed tit
jackdaw
Great Tit
goldfinch
dunlin
curlew
chiffchaff
carrion crow
blue tit
blackcap

a special sighting

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

gannet and dunlin seen over the sea

Date of sighting

2011 Apr 20

Time of day

Birds Seen

tree pipit
grasshopper warbler
redpoll
wheatear
garden warbler
gannet
dunlin

a special sighting

Group Visit WSM RSPB Group

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2010 Oct 16

Time of day

10am till 1.00 pm

Birds Seen

swallow
stonechat
starling
Rock Pipit
raven
peregrine
little egret
linnet
kestrel
jackdaw
goldfinch
dunlin
bullfinch
chiffchaff
carrion crow

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2009 Sep 18

Time of day

Birds Seen

wheatear
chiffchaff
whitethroat
dunlin
skylark
linnet
grey wagtail
yellow wagtail
reed bunting
meadow pipit
house martin
swallow
wryneck

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Date of sighting

2009 May 9

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

tree pipit
wheatear
dunlin
cuckoo
redpoll
siskin
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