meadow pipit

Sunshine and Bird Song

Description of sighting

Beautiful day,sunny and some wind with clear views accross the channel to Wales.Chaffinch,Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff song was everywhere.Goldfinches and Greenfinches were also doing their best to compete with the occasional robin in the bushes along the military road.Willow Warblers were quite visible as were Male Chaffinches looking resplendant in the sunshine.Swallow numbers are increasing,I saw about 30 while on site.
 

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 16

Time of day

Morning visit 10am to 12.30am

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
willow warbler
wheatear
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
Rock Pipit
Robin
raven
pied wagtail
meadow pipit
Magpie
linnet
jackdaw
grey heron
greenfinch
dunnock
chaffinch
carrion crow

a special sighting

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

Migration numbers increasing

Date of sighting

2010 Apr 4

Time of day

Birds Seen

sand martin
meadow pipit
long-tailed tit
greenfinch
willow warbler
chiffchaff
water pipit

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

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

Continuing Migration Report-Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

15 species in all,large numbers of redwing and chaffinch seen.Others small numbers or singles

Date of sighting

2009 Oct 29

Time of day

Birds Seen

starling
song thrush
skylark
siskin
Robin
reed bunting
redwing
redpoll
merlin
meadow pipit
crossbill
chaffinch
bullfinch
brambling

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

Visit Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

snipe seen going over high

Date of sighting

2009 Oct 15

Time of day

Birds Seen

ring ouzel
brambling
song thrush
redwing
reed bunting
starling
linnet
blackbird
meadow pipit
chaffinch
snipe

Visit RSPB Weston Super Mare local group

Description of sighting

19 species present from 10 till 12.30

Date of sighting

2009 Oct 14

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

blue tit
Great Tit
blackbird
Robin
linnet
chiffchaff
willow warbler
Sparrowhawk
kestrel
swallow
long-tailed tit
stonechat
Rock Pipit
meadow pipit
redwing
siskin
pied wagtail
wren
peregrine

a special sighting
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