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.
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.
Persistent rain in the morning cleared by lunch.Only outgoing migrants were a few Swallows and
two Wheatear flying around near the top of the steps.
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
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
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
A fine bright if windy morning.The Down was covered in Bluebells and the Somerset Rock Roses
were out on the Southern slopes.It seemed that most bushes had either a whitethroat singing on top or inside as I walked along the road.A pheasant was calling but not visible.Male Orange Tip,Green-veined white and small Tortoiseshell were quite visible.
RSPB Group visit,good flying display by the resident peregrine and kestrel.Strong winds restricted small bird activity on the down but the smaller birds,particularly goldfinches and stonechats were more active in the sheltered part near Brean Down Farm.A surprising number of swallows were still around.Good views also of the White Park cattle and the Goats.
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.
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!