goldfinch

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

First Cookooo of 2010

Description of sighting

Overhead visible migration,redpoll,ringed plover,linnet and goldfinch

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 22

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

cuckoo
tree pipit
grasshopper warbler
wheatear
willow warbler
blackcap
redpoll
ringed plover
linnet
goldfinch

a special sighting

Report by Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

Much quieter mornings traffic.

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 21

Time of day

Birds Seen

black redstart
grasshopper warbler
tree pipit
goldfinch
siskin

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

return migration continues with reasonable numbers of pipits,goldfiches and swallow etc coming in.

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 20

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

ring ouzel
tree pipit
meadow pipit
goldfinch
sand martin
house martin
swallow
wheatear
grasshopper warbler
redstart
pied flycatcher
willow warbler

a special sighting

Early Morning Visit-Paul Bowyer (6.30 to 8.30 am)

Description of sighting

Paul reports this list of birds moving north over Brean Down

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 16

Time of day

Birds Seen

wheatear
tree pipit
swallow
Sparrowhawk
siskin
shelduck
redpoll
meadow pipit
linnet
greenfinch
goldfinch
collared dove
chaffinch

a special sighting

Migrants and baby Goats

Description of sighting

Very windy morning and reasonable weather.No sign of any rabbits but goats were very visible and this years youngsters were with their mothers,adult males in separate group.The usual birds were in small numbers and the weather conditions affected the sightings.A male wheatear was in the old quarry near the fort and several chiffchaffs in the bushes along the military road.A very bright willow warbler was also seen in the undergrowth.Near the fort a single peregrine was seen hunting.

Date of sighting

2010 Mar 26

Time of day

Morning visit

Birds Seen

wheatear
chiffchaff
willow warbler
peregrine
blue tit
cormorant
Robin
goldfinch
Lesser Black Backed Gull
herring gull
meadow pipit
jackdaw
carrion crow

a special sighting

Search for returning Migrants stopping off on Brean Down

Description of sighting

A morning visit to Brean Down which started in reasonably good weather to look for returning
migrants ending in in heavy rain.A pair of displaying raven were the high spot and on the return walk along the Military road there was a "possible only" sighting of a Wheatear!

Date of sighting

2010 Mar 19

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
shelduck
Rock Pipit
Robin
raven
meadow pipit
long-tailed tit
jackdaw
Great Tit
goldfinch
chaffinch
carrion crow
canada goose
blue tit
blackbird

a special sighting

Busy Day Report-Paul Bowyer

Date of sighting

2009 Oct 26

Time of day

Birds Seen

yellowhammer
woodpigeon
starling
siskin
reed bunting
redpoll
pied wagtail
mistle thrush
meadow pipit
goldfinch
firecrest
chiffchaff
chaffinch
bullfinch
brambling
blackcap

a special sighting

Visit Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

significant groups of goldfinches flying around,jackdaw and crow numbers were high.
Good view of pair of ravens flying together and a single peregrine looking for prey

Date of sighting

2009 Oct 16

Time of day

Morning

Birds Seen

wren
stonechat
starling
song thrush
shelduck
Robin
raven
pheasant
oystercatcher
meadow pipit
blackbird
goldfinch
peregrine
long-tailed tit
carrion crow
jackdaw

a special sighting

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

20 species seen,grounded were:redwing,song thrush,blackbird,chiffchaff,blackcap,goldcrest,bullfinch

Date of sighting

2009 Oct 18

Time of day

Birds Seen

woodcock
merlin
redpoll
ring ouzel
siskin
brambling
chaffinch
linnet
swallow
pied wagtail
goldfinch
starling
grey wagtail
redwing
song thrush
blackbird
chiffchaff
blackcap
goldcrest
bullfinch

a special sighting
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