black redstart

Windy Day at Brean

Description of sighting

Black Redstart still giving good views,has been here in Brean Cove since October 2014.Murmuration of starlings,about 1500,displaying in the fields by Brean Farm.Although sunny day,the low temperature and strong winds kept numbers low.

Date of sighting

2015 Mar 3

Time of day

10.30am to 12.30am

Birds Seen

starling
shelduck
redshank
raven
kestrel
jackdaw
herring gull
greenfinch
Great Tit
goldfinch
dunnock
curlew
chaffinch
meadow pipit
carrion crow
blue tit
black redstart

a special sighting

First Visit of 2015

Date of sighting

2015 Jan 23

Time of day

10.30 13.00

Birds Seen

dunlin
redshank
curlew
redwing
Lapwing
chaffinch
greenfinch
goldfinch
Robin
woodpigeon
jackdaw
raven
peregrine
carrion crow
oystercatcher
shelduck
black redstart

a special sighting

Early Migrants ?

Description of sighting

First visit of 2014 in the hope of finding migrants,specifically overflying Sand Martins and an early Wheatear or two.No luck but I did find a cracking Male Black Redstart in the quarry near the Fort,the bird gave some good views in the sunshine.Several pairs of Stonechat were easily seen.A surprise for Brean was a Buzzard working the hillside.Two adult Peregrines were a good sight.I did hear a Pheasant and a Skylark but could not find them.

Date of sighting

2014 Mar 20

Time of day

Morning approx 10.00 to 13.00

Birds Seen

shelduck
Rock Pipit
raven
peregrine
oystercatcher
meadow pipit
goldfinch
dunnock
cormorant
chaffinch
buzzard
blue tit
blackbird
black redstart

a special sighting

Whitethroats and Cowslips

Description of sighting

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

Date of sighting

2013 May 1

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

black redstart
chaffinch
chiffchaff
willow warbler
whitethroat
goldfinch
Rock Pipit
meadow pipit
swallow
oystercatcher
carrion crow
jackdaw
Magpie
blackbird
blackcap
shelduck
greenfinch
wheatear

a special sighting

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

Early Chiffchaff and Bewick Swan overfly

Date of sighting

2012 Jan 14

Time of day

Birds Seen

black redstart
chiffchaff
Bewick Swan

a special sighting

Report from Paul Bowyer

Date of sighting

2012 Jan 2

Time of day

Birds Seen

black redstart

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

Migration continues - Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

Paul reports a quiter morning with birds totaling approx 600 of 19 species flying over.

Date of sighting

2010 Oct 13

Time of day

early morning visit

Birds Seen

black redstart
wheatear

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

Special Visitor-report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

In addition to an impressive list,which included 30 willow warbler,Paul reports an over flying Black Swan,possibly the bird
that has been on the Somerset Levels for some time.For a good photo see Paul's site "Weston Birds and Moths"

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 17

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

willow warbler
whitethroat
whimbrel
wheatear
tree pipit
swallow
redstart
redpoll
lesser whitethroat
grasshopper warbler
black swan
black redstart

a special sighting
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