linnet

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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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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RSPB Group visit

Description of sighting

A very sunny and warm morning,a Little Owl in the bushes being harrased by small birds was the highspot.
Other birds seen were meadow pipit,golfinch,linnet, and Chiffchaff and the usual corvids.Very large numbers of Shelduck are building up along the estuary shoreline.A very obliging Goldcrest was seen in the bushes about
midway along the military road.

Date of sighting

2013 Oct 15

Time of day

betwen 10.00 and 13.00 hrs

Birds Seen

shelduck
redshank
meadow pipit
little owl
linnet
jackdaw
greenfinch
goldfinch
goldcrest
chiffchaff
carrion crow

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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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A quiet start -Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

After a quiet rain influenced start,bird numbers began to increase with Paul reporting 6500 swallow
as well as new sightings such as tufted duck,ringed plover and dunlin on the beach

Date of sighting

2012 May 1

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

yellow wagtail
whimbrel
wheatear
tufted duck
tree pipit
swift
swallow
siskin
sand martin
ringed plover
linnet
lesser whitethroat
house martin
goldfinch
gannet
dunlin
common scoter
bar tailed godwit
arctic skua

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A very Windy Day

Description of sighting

First visit in June coincided with a shift at the Fort in very windy weather.The weather did influence the
birds that were visible,The new cattle are on site now and seem to be quite settled,the bulk of the goats were on the south
side of the hill looking for a bit of sun,althought I did notice 3 of the mature males in a separate group on the north side.When opening up the magazine gate I heard a thump and saw a youg rabbit had fallen about 15 feet

Date of sighting

2012 Jun 9

Time of day

Birds Seen

swallow
stonechat
Rock Pipit
pied wagtail
linnet
kestrel
herring gull
chaffinch
carrion crow

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Visit by Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

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,

Date of sighting

2012 Apr 26

Time of day

Birds Seen

carrion crow
chaffinch
chiffchaff
goldfinch
grey heron
jackdaw
lesser whitethroat
linnet
meadow pipit
peregrine
raven
redstart
Robin
shelduck
Sparrowhawk
stonechat
swallow
whitethroat
willow warbler

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Whitethroat Day!

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2012 May 25

Time of day

10am to 12am

Birds Seen

willow warbler
whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
Sparrowhawk
shelduck
Robin
redstart
raven
peregrine
meadow pipit
linnet
lesser whitethroat
jackdaw
grey heron
goldfinch
chiffchaff
chaffinch
carrion crow

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Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

A busy day!

Date of sighting

2012 Apr 25

Time of day

Birds Seen

swift
swallow
house martin
grasshopper warbler
yellow wagtail
whitethroat
siskin
meadow pipit
goldfinch
linnet
willow warbler

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