herring gull

Report from Paul Bowyer

Description of sighting

All seen flying over Brean Down

Date of sighting

2009 Feb 22

Time of day

Birds Seen

Lesser Black Backed Gull
kittiwake
herring gull
common gull

a special sighting

First visit of 2009

Description of sighting

Cold damp day,reflected in species seen.On flooded fields near Farm I saw Swans,Shelduck and a solitary
Little Egret.On my way back to the car,20+ Curlew flew in,reflecting high tide conditions.Very large numbers Blackheaded Gulls and a few Herring and Lesser Black Backed Gulls about.There were also a pair of mallard swimming in the Dew Pond,near the site of Cox's Old House

Date of sighting

2009 Jan 13

Time of day

morning visit

Birds Seen

shelduck
Robin
raven
mute swan
Mallard
little egret
Lesser Black Backed Gull
kestrel
herring gull
curlew
carrion crow
blackbird
black-headed gull

a special sighting

Morning Walk in the Sunshine

Description of sighting

After a very wet evening,the Down had dried out quite well and there were few people initially.On arrival there were two sparrowhawks flying over,closley followed by a heron and a large flight of goldfinches.On the top of the Down,there were large numbers of adult and juvenile stonechats,and a few quite visible wheaters.A young couple and their ferret came by,the ferret apparantly not having spotted the rabbits near the road.In the bushes tere were large numbers of longtailed tits ,a  few blue and great tits together with a very vocal robin.Low Tide and the exposed mud showed up the large

Date of sighting

2008 Sep 1

Time of day

Between 10 am and 12.30

Birds Seen

wood warbler
wheatear
swallow
Sparrowhawk
shelduck
Robin
Mallard
Magpie
long-tailed tit
little egret
kestrel
herring gull
Great Tit
carrion crow
blue tit

a special sighting

Scheduled visit to Brean Fort

Description of sighting

A very fine and windy day,apart from the usual suspects,the only sightings of significance were a group of young Stonechats in the bushes along the Military Road.The highlight was on the trip out to the Fort when a large Green Woodpecker broke from the ferns and flew into the trees near the Dew Pond where it was visible for a few minutes before disappearing.

Date of sighting

2008 Aug 22

Time of day

Between 2.15 and 5.00pm

Birds Seen

Green Woodpecker
stonechat
jackdaw
linnet
carrion crow
herring gull

a special sighting

Scheduled visit to Brean Fort

Description of sighting

First sunny day for some time,large numbers of young swallows feeding over the fort.Single cormorant briefly on Weston side of Down.Herring gulls in usual numbers.Highlights were a family group of raven and 3 female wheatear on the Military Road

Date of sighting

2008 Aug 15

Time of day

Between 2pm and 5.30pm

Birds Seen

swallow
herring gull
carrion crow
raven
cormorant
wheatear

a special sighting

Scheduled National Trust Visit

Description of sighting

A very windy afternoon with some clouds and outbreaks of sunshine.Large group of house martins and young swallows went over feeding near the Fort.Kestrel reported by visitor but not seen.Usual groups of carrion crow and herring gull evident but highlight was two raven low over calling loudly.Later in afternoon a group of shellduck came over landing on the exposed mudflats.

Date of sighting

Time of day

Birds Seen

swallow
shelduck
raven
house martin
herring gull
carrion crow

a special sighting
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