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.
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
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.
5 of us from the National Trust had a good stroll around looking at the birds,the usual summer visitors could
be heard singing but were harder to see as you would expect at this time.Highspots were good views of a male Greenfinch,whitethroats and a very obliging Chiffchaff.Several Stonechat were also quite easy to see.The only raptor present was a Sparrowhawk ,probaly female which came quite close and gave us a good view.
The Down looked a picture this morning once the early mist had lifted,with the bluebells and cowslips
well in flower.The Somerset Rock Rose around the Steps are coming into bloom.Rabbits and Goats
were showing well.
The Whitethroats were back in good number and singing Chiffchaff were visible.Singles of Dunnock Blackcap and Chaffinchas well as a few Goldfinches added to to background.A small flock of Linnet were a welcome sight,with one male well into breeding colours.
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.
bright sunny day,large flocks of goldfinch feeding on seedheads.Several pairs of stonechat.single dunnock.
Raven Kestrel and Peregrine enjoying the wind
strong winds keeping bird numbers low other than on beach