herring gull

Windy Day at Brean

Description of sighting

Black Redstart still giving good views,has been here in Brean Cove since October 2014.Murmuration of starlings,about 1500,displaying in the fields by Brean Farm.Although sunny day,the low temperature and strong winds kept numbers low.

Date of sighting

2015 Mar 3

Time of day

10.30am to 12.30am

Birds Seen

starling
shelduck
redshank
raven
kestrel
jackdaw
herring gull
greenfinch
Great Tit
goldfinch
dunnock
curlew
chaffinch
meadow pipit
carrion crow
blue tit
black redstart

a special sighting

A sunny day at Brean Down

Date of sighting

2014 Jul 30

Time of day

10.00 to 12.30

Birds Seen

whitethroat
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
raven
peregrine
oystercatcher
kestrel
herring gull
Green Woodpecker
goldfinch
cormorant
black-headed gull

a special sighting

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

a special sighting

A Windy Day

Description of sighting

A exceptionaly windy day at the fort,the weather kept visitor and bird numbers very low.
A few of the usual species were about but the highlight was asingle Red Legged Partridge walking
along the Military road in front of my car with considerable reluctance to move out of the way.The few swifts and swallows venturing out had to struggle to maintain control.

Date of sighting

2013 May 10

Time of day

Birds Seen

swift
swallow
red legged partridge
raven
Magpie
Lesser Black Backed Gull
jackdaw
herring gull
black-headed gull

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

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

Very large numbers of gulls seen.

Date of sighting

2012 Jan 7

Time of day

Birds Seen

herring gull
black-headed gull
Lesser Black Backed Gull
common gull
shelduck
dunlin
kittiwake
chaffinch
oystercatcher

a special sighting

Family Visit

Description of sighting

Weather was initially good but became very windy and overcast which had a bearing on the small birds that were around.
Some Swallows and House martins were going through and we had good views of a Wheatear at the Fort.The goats and cattle were also in good view but only a single rabbit!The highligh for the family was clear views of the Ravens and a Kestrel struggling against the wind but for me,a hunting Peregrine was a welcome sight.

Date of sighting

2011 Aug 25

Time of day

in the afternoon

Birds Seen

whitethroat
raven
jackdaw
woodpigeon
kestrel
peregrine
herring gull

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

Report Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

Paul reports plenty of birds,including 2500 Herring Gulls and 350 Sand Martins seen
until the wind changed.

Date of sighting

2011 Apr 2

Time of day

Birds Seen

willow warbler
tree pipit
swallow
siskin
sand martin
house martin
redpoll
herring gull
goldfinch
chiffchaff
blackcap

a special sighting

Morning Visit - Paul Marsh

Description of sighting

large number of bird species seen,migrants few and far between due to weather conditions.The young kestrels were quite visible and active and shellduck numbers are begining to build in the River Axe.The cattle and goats were very easily found and provided some good views.Visitor reported some rutting activity with the goats. Singles of wheatear,whinchat,whitethroat and wood warbler were probably the highlights.

Date of sighting

2010 Sep 17

Time of day

10am to 1pm

Birds Seen

woodpigeon
wood warbler
whinchat
wheatear
swallow
stonechat
shelduck
Robin
raven
long-tailed tit
little egret
linnet
kestrel
jackdaw
house martin
herring gull
Great Tit
goldfinch
blue tit
black-headed gull

a special sighting
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