goldfinch

A wet and windy visit!

Description of sighting

Despite a lot of rain there was quite a bit of activity.Most of the birds were singles but there were 10+ Chaffinches and at least 30 Linnet.Stonechat numbers were also increasing.There was good views of the feral goat population.

Date of sighting

2011 Mar 30

Time of day

Birds Seen

carrion crow
raven
jackdaw
linnet
chaffinch
goldfinch
blackbird
meadow pipit
chiffchaff
willow warbler
stonechat
Robin
song thrush

a special sighting

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

First Swallow of 2011

Date of sighting

2011 Mar 27

Time of day

Birds Seen

linnet
goldfinch
woodpigeon
meadow pipit
redpoll
siskin
wheatear
chiffchaff
willow warbler
house martin
swallow
ring ouzel

a special sighting

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

A good fall of birds due to the right weather conditions

Date of sighting

2011 Mar 12

Time of day

Birds Seen

wheatear
chiffchaff
sand martin
Golden Plover
skylark
siskin
goldfinch
grey wagtail
white wagtail

a special sighting

Group Visit WSM RSPB Group

Description of sighting

RSPB Group visit,good flying display by the resident peregrine and kestrel.Strong winds restricted small bird activity on the down but the smaller birds,particularly goldfinches and stonechats were more active in the sheltered part near Brean Down Farm.A surprising number of swallows were still around.Good views also of the White Park cattle and the Goats.

Date of sighting

2010 Oct 16

Time of day

10am till 1.00 pm

Birds Seen

swallow
stonechat
starling
Rock Pipit
raven
peregrine
little egret
linnet
kestrel
jackdaw
goldfinch
dunlin
bullfinch
chiffchaff
carrion crow

a special sighting

Morning Visit - Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2010 Sep 17

Time of day

10am to 1pm

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
wood warbler
whinchat
wheatear
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
Robin
raven
long-tailed tit
little egret
linnet
kestrel
jackdaw
house martin
herring gull
Great Tit
goldfinch
blue tit
black-headed gull

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

high number of migrant species seen,particularly wheatear in the area of the fort.

Date of sighting

2010 Sep 2

Time of day

Birds Seen

sand martin
goldfinch
grasshopper warbler
chiffchaff
blackcap
goldcrest
bullfinch
great spotted woodpecker
yellow wagtail
willow warbler
whitethroat
wheatear
tree pipit
swallow
spotted flycatcher

a special sighting

Search for outgoing migrants stopping off on Brean Down

Description of sighting

three wheatear at the top of the steps.Kestrel very active and at least 4 birds seen but no sighting of peregrines.Raven good display near Military Road.Swallows feeding among the White Park cattle near the fort and at the weston end of Brean,200 plus house martins and a few swallows near Brean Farm.
One single swift seen.

Date of sighting

2010 Aug 13

Time of day

morning visit 10-1

Birds Seen

wheatear
swift
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
raven
oystercatcher
kestrel
jackdaw
house martin
herring gull
Great Tit
goldfinch
carrion crow

a special sighting

Summer Visit

Description of sighting

A beautiful sunny day with,as expected for the time of year,little bird activity.Plenty of visitors of the human variety enjoying the sun shine and exploring the Fort at the seaward end of Brean Down.The White Park and British White cattle were much in evidence.

Date of sighting

2010 Aug 2

Time of day

Birds Seen

herring gull
goldfinch
kestrel
carrion crow
Lesser Black Backed Gull

Windy Visit

Description of sighting

Overcast and windy morning.The weather had a bearing on what was visible,the smaller birds were experiencing some difficulties in perching and while there was a reasonable ammount of birdsong,sightings were either singles or small groups of 2 or 3.The largest group today were the Linnets.The usual larger birds were in reasonable numbers.There were good views of the White Park cattle now on the Down for the Summer grazing and the resident goats were very visible. A male Stonechat in full colour was a good sight.The Peregrines were having to work hard in the strong winds

Date of sighting

2010 Jun 10

Time of day

Between 10 & 12.30

Birds Seen

carrion crow
chaffinch
goldfinch
greenfinch
house martin
jackdaw
linnet
Magpie
meadow pipit
peregrine
raven
stonechat
swift
willow warbler
woodpigeon

a special sighting

Spring Visit

Description of sighting

The weather was cloudy to start and very humid,with skies clearing later.The most visble and vocal
birds were whitethroats and linnet.The whitethroats were very obliging and perched singing on the top of the bushes.Several family groups of stonechat,meadow pipit and goldfinches were also seen.Most of the usual Brean Down residents were about although there was no sign of the peregrines or kestrels usually seen.
Pairs of shellduck were around the beach on the Weston side.

Date of sighting

2010 May 21

Time of day

Morning visit between 10 and 12.45

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
willow warbler
whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
raven
pied wagtail
meadow pipit
Magpie
linnet
jackdaw
house martin
goldfinch
dunnock
chaffinch
carrion crow
blackbird

a special sighting
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