stonechat

Local RSPB Group planned visit.

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2014 Oct 15

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

blue tit
buzzard
carrion crow
chiffchaff
dunnock
goldcrest
goldfinch
Great Tit
jackdaw
kestrel
long-tailed tit
peregrine
raven
redwing
Robin
shelduck
song thrush
Sparrowhawk
stonechat
wheatear
willow warbler
wren
yellow browed warbler

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A Special Visit

Description of sighting

I visited Brean Down this afternoon having seen a report on S.O.S (Somerset Ornithological Society)
Web Page that a Long Eared Owl had been flushed from the trees on Brean.A Wryneck had also been found on the slope as well as a Black Redstart.I was able to find the Wryneck which was not too cooperative but gave good views with long gaps in between.The other two could not be found.There were the usual Crows and Jackdaws and a few Linnet and young Stonechats around and on the way back to the car park I saw a Sparrowhawk take down a starling in the adjoining fields.

Date of sighting

2014 Sep 7

Time of day

Birds Seen

wryneck
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
linnet
jackdaw
carrion crow

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A sunny day at Brean Down

Date of sighting

2014 Jul 30

Time of day

10.00 to 12.30

Birds Seen

whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
raven
peregrine
oystercatcher
kestrel
herring gull
Green Woodpecker
goldfinch
cormorant
black-headed gull

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Group Visit

Description of sighting

5 of us from the National Trust had a good stroll around looking at the birds,the usual summer visitors could
be heard singing but were harder to see as you would expect at this time.Highspots were good views of a male Greenfinch,whitethroats and a very obliging Chiffchaff.Several Stonechat were also quite easy to see.The only raptor present was a Sparrowhawk ,probaly female which came quite close and gave us a good view.

Date of sighting

2014 Jun 3

Time of day

10 to 12.30

Birds Seen

whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
shelduck
Robin
oystercatcher
linnet
Lesser Black Backed Gull
jackdaw
house martin
herring gull
greenfinch
goldfinch
dunnock
chiffchaff
chaffinch
carrion crow

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Wildflowers and Warblers

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2014 Apr 30

Time of day

10.30 to 1.30

Birds Seen

whitethroat
stonechat
chaffinch
chiffchaff
blackcap
swallow
house martin
shelduck
linnet
cormorant
wren
willow warbler
dunnock
long-tailed tit
goldfinch
jackdaw
raven
buzzard
carrion crow

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Overcast Morning walk

Description of sighting

weather not really good for birding but saw mostly small birds.no sign of blackcaps but plenty heard singing in undergrowth.Pair of Stonechat and Meadow Pipit in usual locations.A few housemartins in the low clouds

Date of sighting

2014 Apr 7

Time of day

between 12.30 and 2.00

Birds Seen

stonechat
meadow pipit
kestrel
jackdaw
Great Tit
goldfinch
dunnock
house martin
chiffchaff
chaffinch
carrion crow
blue tit

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Spring Morning on the Down

Description of sighting

Beautiful morning,flat calm sea with lots of gull activity.The usual birds were around although no real sign of any migration yet.Three mallard swiming off the fort and 2 buzzards picking up the warm air spirals.There were lots of Chiff chaff singing and visible together with a few Blackcap both male and female.Brief view of juvenile Peregrine.

Date of sighting

2014 Apr 1

Time of day

between 10.00 and 13.00

Birds Seen

chiffchaff
goldfinch
Great Tit
blue tit
dunnock
stonechat
blackcap
Robin
peregrine
meadow pipit
Rock Pipit
buzzard
Magpie
jackdaw
raven
chaffinch

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Sunny day in November

Description of sighting

bright sunny day,large flocks of goldfinch feeding on seedheads.Several pairs of stonechat.single dunnock.
Raven Kestrel and Peregrine enjoying the wind

Date of sighting

2013 Nov 4

Time of day

between 10.am and 12.30pm

Birds Seen

stonechat
peregrine
goldfinch
dunnock
kestrel
raven
carrion crow
jackdaw
meadow pipit
Robin
Magpie
chiffchaff
shelduck
curlew

Quality not Quantity

Description of sighting

Beautiful sunny day with some slight wind.Plenty of birdsong notably whitethroad,blackcap,robin and wren.Pheasant and Willow Warbler were heard but not seen.Very good views of a Spotted Flycatcher in the bushes along the Military Road.The usual high numbers were not seen probably due to nesting and some species moving through

Date of sighting

2013 Jun 3

Time of day

Birds Seen

wren
whitethroat
goldfinch
chaffinch
blackbird
linnet
stonechat
spotted flycatcher
kestrel
peregrine
swallow
meadow pipit
carrion crow
Magpie
shelduck
raven
jackdaw
Robin
dunnock

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First Visit of 2013

Description of sighting

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

Date of sighting

2013 Apr 24

Time of day

Morning Visit

Birds Seen

wren
willow warbler
whitethroat
wheatear
stonechat
shelduck
Rock Pipit
Robin
raven
pheasant
peregrine
oystercatcher
meadow pipit
jackdaw
greenfinch
goldfinch
dunnock
redstart
chiffchaff
carrion crow
blackcap
blackbird

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