Rock Pipit

Spring Morning on the Down

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2014 Apr 1

Time of day

between 10.00 and 13.00

Birds Seen

chiffchaff
goldfinch
Great Tit
blue tit
dunnock
stonechat
blackcap
Robin
peregrine
meadow pipit
Rock Pipit
buzzard
Magpie
jackdaw
raven
chaffinch

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

Looking for Migrants

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2013 Sep 28

Time of day

afternoon

Birds Seen

wheatear
swallow
shelduck
Rock Pipit
raven
Magpie
kestrel
jackdaw
goldfinch
carrion crow

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

First Visit of 2013

Description of sighting

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

Date of sighting

2013 Apr 24

Time of day

Morning Visit

Birds Seen

wren
willow warbler
whitethroat
wheatear
stonechat
shelduck
Rock Pipit
Robin
raven
pheasant
peregrine
oystercatcher
meadow pipit
jackdaw
greenfinch
goldfinch
dunnock
redstart
chiffchaff
carrion crow
blackcap
blackbird

a special sighting

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

a special sighting

Bluebells,Birdsong and Butterflies

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2011 Apr 28

Time of day

morning

Birds Seen

carrion crow
chaffinch
goldfinch
herring gull
jackdaw
lesser whitethroat
linnet
Magpie
Mallard
raven
Robin
Rock Pipit
shelduck
stonechat
whitethroat
willow warbler

a special sighting

Group Visit WSM RSPB Group

Description of sighting

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.

Date of sighting

2010 Oct 16

Time of day

10am till 1.00 pm

Birds Seen

swallow
stonechat
starling
Rock Pipit
raven
peregrine
little egret
linnet
kestrel
jackdaw
goldfinch
dunlin
bullfinch
chiffchaff
carrion crow

a special sighting

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

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
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