shelduck

Windy Day at Brean

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2015 Mar 3

Time of day

10.30am to 12.30am

Birds Seen

starling
shelduck
redshank
raven
kestrel
jackdaw
herring gull
greenfinch
Great Tit
goldfinch
dunnock
curlew
chaffinch
meadow pipit
carrion crow
blue tit
black redstart

a special sighting

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

Local RSPB Group planned visit.

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2014 Oct 15

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

blue tit
buzzard
carrion crow
chiffchaff
dunnock
goldcrest
goldfinch
Great Tit
jackdaw
kestrel
long-tailed tit
peregrine
raven
redwing
Robin
shelduck
song thrush
Sparrowhawk
stonechat
wheatear
willow warbler
wren
yellow browed warbler

a special sighting

A sunny day at Brean Down

Date of sighting

2014 Jul 30

Time of day

10.00 to 12.30

Birds Seen

whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
raven
peregrine
oystercatcher
kestrel
herring gull
Green Woodpecker
goldfinch
cormorant
black-headed gull

a special sighting

Group Visit

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2014 Jun 3

Time of day

10 to 12.30

Birds Seen

whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
shelduck
Robin
oystercatcher
linnet
Lesser Black Backed Gull
jackdaw
house martin
herring gull
greenfinch
goldfinch
dunnock
chiffchaff
chaffinch
carrion crow

a special sighting

Wildflowers and Warblers

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2014 Apr 30

Time of day

10.30 to 1.30

Birds Seen

whitethroat
stonechat
chaffinch
chiffchaff
blackcap
swallow
house martin
shelduck
linnet
cormorant
wren
willow warbler
dunnock
long-tailed tit
goldfinch
jackdaw
raven
buzzard
carrion crow

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

Sunny day in November

Description of sighting

bright sunny day,large flocks of goldfinch feeding on seedheads.Several pairs of stonechat.single dunnock.
Raven Kestrel and Peregrine enjoying the wind

Date of sighting

2013 Nov 4

Time of day

between 10.am and 12.30pm

Birds Seen

stonechat
peregrine
goldfinch
dunnock
kestrel
raven
carrion crow
jackdaw
meadow pipit
Robin
Magpie
chiffchaff
shelduck
curlew

Early Novemmber

Description of sighting

strong winds keeping bird numbers low other than on beach

Date of sighting

2013 Nov 2

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

curlew
shelduck
raven
goldcrest
peregrine
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