lesser whitethroat

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

Visit by Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

Highlights for me were a singe male redstart near the end of the road and very good views of a chiffchaff and willow warbler near Cox's old house.For an overcast and windy visit of about 2.5 hours the total is quite good,

Date of sighting

2012 Apr 26

Time of day

Birds Seen

carrion crow
chaffinch
chiffchaff
goldfinch
grey heron
jackdaw
lesser whitethroat
linnet
meadow pipit
peregrine
raven
redstart
Robin
shelduck
Sparrowhawk
stonechat
swallow
whitethroat
willow warbler

a special sighting

Whitethroat Day!

Description of sighting

a very hot and initially misty day.While I did hear but not see,singing Chiffchaff and Geenfinch,the overarching song was from Common Whitethroat which were very obligingly perching in good view as I walked out along the road.Male Chaffinch and male linnet were a picture in the bright sunshine.dissapointingly there were no sign of Raven or any Raptor species.There was an additional bonus of many different butterfly species in the sunshine.

Date of sighting

2012 May 25

Time of day

10am to 12am

Birds Seen

willow warbler
whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
shelduck
Robin
redstart
raven
peregrine
meadow pipit
linnet
lesser whitethroat
jackdaw
grey heron
goldfinch
chiffchaff
chaffinch
carrion crow

a special sighting

Bluebells,Birdsong and Butterflies

Description of sighting

A fine bright if windy morning.The Down was covered in Bluebells and the Somerset Rock Roses
were out on the Southern slopes.It seemed that most bushes had either a whitethroat singing on top or inside as I walked along the road.A pheasant was calling but not visible.Male Orange Tip,Green-veined white and small Tortoiseshell were quite visible.

Date of sighting

2011 Apr 28

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

carrion crow
chaffinch
goldfinch
herring gull
jackdaw
lesser whitethroat
linnet
Magpie
Mallard
raven
Robin
Rock Pipit
shelduck
stonechat
whitethroat
willow warbler

a special sighting

Seen and Heard

Description of sighting

A cold,windy and bright day obviously affected the birds that were visible on our walk along the Military Road to the Fort.The Somerset Rock Roses were coming into dispaly as were the Bluebells and Cowslips.The smaller birds were taking advantage of the shelter although robin,chiffchaff,willow warbler and whitethroat could be heard.Chaffinch was also heard.We had a very good view of a Lesser Whitethroat near the reservoir and a splendid Wood Warbler in the bushes along the Road.Linnet were quite visible and we did see a male in breeding plumage.On the return from the fort the resident Pereg

Date of sighting

2010 May 3

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
wood warbler
raven
peregrine
meadow pipit
linnet
lesser whitethroat
jackdaw
herring gull
goldfinch
cormorant
carrion crow
blackbird

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

small fall of migrants,but high species count.

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 24

Time of day

Birds Seen

white wagtail
house martin
swallow
redpoll
lesser whitethroat
wheatear
sedge warbler
yellow wagtail
tree pipit
redstart
willow warbler
grasshopper warbler
blackcap

a special sighting

Special Visitor-report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

In addition to an impressive list,which included 30 willow warbler,Paul reports an over flying Black Swan,possibly the bird
that has been on the Somerset Levels for some time.For a good photo see Paul's site "Weston Birds and Moths"

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 17

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

willow warbler
whitethroat
whimbrel
wheatear
tree pipit
swallow
redstart
redpoll
lesser whitethroat
grasshopper warbler
black swan
black redstart

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

migration picking up,7 wheatear,15 blackcap,10 chiffchaff

Date of sighting

2009 Sep 5

Time of day

Birds Seen

wheatear
grey wagtail
chaffinch
blackcap
chiffchaff
willow warbler
goldcrest
lesser whitethroat
whitethroat
redstart

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

raptor sighting,possible marsh harrier or buzzard

Date of sighting

2009 May 24

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

whinchat
swift
swallow
lesser whitethroat
house martin
gannet
cetti's warbler

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

interesting that we are seeing more pheasants

Date of sighting

2009 May 10

Time of day

Birds Seen

whinchat
wheatear
tree pipit
swallow
spotted flycatcher
siskin
sand martin
pheasant
lesser whitethroat
lesser redpoll
house martin
garden warbler

a special sighting
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