Black Redstart still giving good views,has been here in Brean Cove since October 2014.Murmuration of starlings,about 1500,displaying in the fields by Brean Farm.Although sunny day,the low temperature and strong winds kept numbers low.
We were unable to find the Ring Ouzel reported on the previous day but that was more than made up for by a very obliging Yellow Browed Warbler in with a mixed flock of small birds including Goldcrest in the bushes near Brean Down Farm.The first Redwing were a bonus as was good sightings of Buzzard,Kestre,Peregrine and Sparrowhawk.Large numbers of Shelduck (650+) were also seen.
weather not really good for birding but saw mostly small birds.no sign of blackcaps but plenty heard singing in undergrowth.Pair of Stonechat and Meadow Pipit in usual locations.A few housemartins in the low clouds
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.
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.
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.
Very warm sunny day with many visitors enjoying Brean.Plenty of birds seen and heard but sadly
no migrants seen on this visit
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.
Very windy morning and reasonable weather.No sign of any rabbits but goats were very visible and this years youngsters were with their mothers,adult males in separate group.The usual birds were in small numbers and the weather conditions affected the sightings.A male wheatear was in the old quarry near the fort and several chiffchaffs in the bushes along the military road.A very bright willow warbler was also seen in the undergrowth.Near the fort a single peregrine was seen hunting.
A morning visit to Brean Down which started in reasonably good weather to look for returning
migrants ending in in heavy rain.A pair of displaying raven were the high spot and on the return walk along the Military road there was a "possible only" sighting of a Wheatear!