raven

Report Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

Main highlights during a 3 hour National Trust duty at the Fort were the first swallow of 2010,
and spectacular low flying by a pair of Raven over the old quarry,A pergrine and a single mail kestrel were the only raptors,and on driving back along the military road a single stonechat was spotted.The weather was cold and windy with a few breaks in the cloud.

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 7

Time of day

1.30 to 4.30

Birds Seen

swallow
stonechat
raven
peregrine
kestrel
jackdaw
carrion crow
herring gull

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

First Report of 2010

Description of sighting

Bad weather and other committments delayed the first visit to Brean Down.The weather was clear and cold with very good views across to the Welsh coast and beyond.Conditions affected what was visible,with only one meadow pipit and no other small birds seen in 2 hours.The usual crows,magpies and blackbirds were present.A single hen pheasant in the gorse was quite a surprise.In the estuary,shellduck and mallard were feeding on the mudflats along with a group of about distant 20 waders,probably Redshank .3 Ravens were very visble and vocal.The feral goats and local rabbits were easy to find.

Date of sighting

2010 Jan 28

Time of day

Morning

Birds Seen

shelduck
raven
pheasant
meadow pipit
Mallard
jackdaw
herring gull
carrion crow
blackbird

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

Looking for Migrants = Report Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

Very windy day,most small birds were either invisible or brief glimpses only.Single whitethroat was the only obvious downed migrant.Very good view of hunting female sparrowhawk on the steep road from the farm track.Good views also of group of ravens and shellduck numbers are increasing on the Mud flats.Good photo oportunity at the top of the steps with two adult male goats "jousting",the sound reminiscent of BBC Natural history programmes.Swallow passage continued over.

Date of sighting

2009 Sep 15

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
swallow
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
shelduck
Rock Pipit
raven
peregrine
Magpie
linnet
kestrel
jackdaw
carrion crow

a special sighting

Morning Visit PGM

Description of sighting

bright and pleasant morning after dull start,large numberr of common species seeen

Date of sighting

2009 Apr 14

Time of day

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
stonechat
starling
shelduck
raven
meadow pipit
Mallard
Magpie
Lesser Black Backed Gull
jackdaw
house sparrow
herring gull
goldfinch
collared dove
carrion crow
blackcap

a special sighting

First to look for new arrivals

Description of sighting

Very sunny day with some mist and light wind.Small numbers stonechat and wheatear including 3 spectacular males.10+ linnet including one very bright male.Small flocks of goldfinces seen.

Date of sighting

2009 Mar 20

Time of day

9.30 to 12.30

Birds Seen

wren
wheatear
stonechat
sand martin
raven
peregrine
meadow pipit
Magpie
linnet
jackdaw
herring gull
goldfinch
goldcrest
cormorant
carrion crow
chiffchaff
chaffinch

a special sighting

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

Grey Plover going South,large numbers gulls seen

Date of sighting

2009 Feb 28

Time of day

Birds Seen

grey plover
raven
stonechat
Rock Pipit

First visit of 2009

Description of sighting

Cold damp day,reflected in species seen.On flooded fields near Farm I saw Swans,Shelduck and a solitary
Little Egret.On my way back to the car,20+ Curlew flew in,reflecting high tide conditions.Very large numbers Blackheaded Gulls and a few Herring and Lesser Black Backed Gulls about.There were also a pair of mallard swimming in the Dew Pond,near the site of Cox's Old House

Date of sighting

2009 Jan 13

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

shelduck
Robin
raven
mute swan
Mallard
little egret
Lesser Black Backed Gull
kestrel
herring gull
curlew
carrion crow
blackbird
black-headed gull

a special sighting

Afternoon Walk across Brean,weather windy and sunny

Description of sighting

Heavy rain earlier had affected numbers of birds visible

Date of sighting

2008 Oct 22

Time of day

Birds Seen

wren
stonechat
shelduck
Robin
raven
kestrel
jackdaw
grey wagtail
goldfinch
dunnock
carrion crow

a special sighting
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