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.
Visit to Brean with prospective new Volunteer Wardens brought a good total of species,at least 6 wheatear feeding
on the beach and Blackcap,Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff in the bushes were a bonus as were 2 quite visible Goldcrests
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.
August is normally quiet on the Down.A single Kestrel and an adult and juvenile Peregrine were the Raptors of the day.The other good birds were 4 youg Willow Warblers and an Adult.
A beautifull sunny morning,the Down resounded with birdson,particularly Blackcap and Whitethroat.No sign
yet of Bluebells but the Cowslips made a good display.A lot of territorial activity by Whitethroats with some
signs of pairing up.Swallows were noisy over the Fort.No sign of any Raptors during approx 3 hour visit
Plenty of birds about despite being cloudy and overcast.Highlights were Wheatear and male Common Redstart.
Songthrush and Skylark could be heard but were not seen
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,
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.
A busy day!
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.