goldfinch

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

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

A busy day!

Date of sighting

2012 Apr 25

Time of day

Birds Seen

swift
swallow
house martin
grasshopper warbler
yellow wagtail
whitethroat
siskin
meadow pipit
goldfinch
linnet
willow warbler

a special sighting

First Recording Visit of 2012

Description of sighting

Overcast,windy and some rain.
Good views of Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers in the bushes mid way along the road to the fort.
At least 4 Ravens were active and small groups of swallow were feeding.One pair of Stonechat were seen as well as singles.On the return trip a splendid male Common Redstart was found at the top of the slope and a single Peregrine was above the ridge.Whitethroats were visible and quite vocal.

Date of sighting

2012 Apr 26

Time of day

morning visit of about 2.5 hours

Birds Seen

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

a special sighting

Some New Birds from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

some good new birds for 2011 with small passage movement continuing

Date of sighting

Time of day

Birds Seen

redpoll
siskin
crossbill
meadow pipit
greenfinch
chaffinch
goldfinch
ring ouzel
merlin
black redstart
chiffchaff

a special sighting

report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

a large influx of robins and blackbirds seen at the back of the down !

Date of sighting

2011 Oct 16

Time of day

Birds Seen

yellowhammer
siskin
redpoll
chaffinch
goldfinch

a special sighting

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

reasonable number of resident and migrating birds

Date of sighting

2011 Oct 15

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

crossbill
starling
goldfinch
linnet
wheatear
redpoll
siskin

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

swallow and sand martin still going through,a reasonable number of other species seen

Date of sighting

2011 Sep 15

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

swallow
sand martin
raven
siskin
grasshopper warbler
tree pipit
chiffchaff
wheatear
willow warbler
meadow pipit
goldfinch

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

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

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

Paul reports plenty of birds,including 2500 Herring Gulls and 350 Sand Martins seen
until the wind changed.

Date of sighting

2011 Apr 2

Time of day

Birds Seen

willow warbler
tree pipit
swallow
siskin
sand martin
house martin
redpoll
herring gull
goldfinch
chiffchaff
blackcap

a special sighting
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