Visits and Species Seen 2021

March 2021

A total of 64 different birds have been seen by the group.  Highlights being (alphabetical) Cettis Warbler, Marsh Tit and Wheatear.  But in general the main highlight is all the bird song around.  Whilst we are saying goodbye to a number of the species we have seen this month we are now looking forward to the new arrivals that we can expect in April.  Some are here already like the Chiffchaff and Wheatear.  Now we wait for the iconic Cuckoo.

Red and Roe Deer have also been seen.

One of our group has noticed a drop in House Sparrow numbers in their area.  Has anyone else noticed similar?

Whilst the weather is improving and the lockdown has been eased you and some friends may be wondering were to take your daily exercise.  Have a look at the Local Birdwatching Sites and click on Minehead for ideas of where to go and what might be seen there.  I hope to include more areas at a later date.

February 2021

Members of the Bird Watching Group are still finding plenty of birds, both in their gardens and on their walks. In February a total of 67 different bird species were reported. It is great to hear the Skylarks and no doubt the Chiffchaffs will be singing soon. The bird song has certainly increased towards the end of February, although mainly on sunny days, or is it that I tend to walk on sunny days!

I have been making some notes of the different walks I have been taking and some of the birds I have seen and heard on them, plus other wildlife. I am using the Bird Watching forum to post these sightings so do have a look – you do not have to belong to the group to look at any of the information on the Bird Watching pages. If you have any sightings you can post them on the forum (provided you are registered) and also you can click a box when posting and you will be notified of any other posts on that topic – just to make sure you don’t miss any news about a rare bird sighting.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of your lovely local countryside before it starts to get crowded again. Take care Kay Bullen.

January 2021

Members of the Bird Watching Group are still using their daily exercise to find the birds, although it is surprising the numbers that turn up in our gardens.  A total of 70 different species have been seen this month, some of the more unusual ones, all seen in the Minehead & Dunster area, are Brent Geese, Black Redstart, Lesser Redpoll, and Sanderling.

I am posting my walks and some of my sightings on the Bird Watching Group’s forum.  So you may like to look at that – both for the birds and ideas on walks.   Keep safe, keep watching and keep in touch. Kay Bullen

Sightings reports

Members have continued to record sightings, whether in their garden, or out on visits. 

Year Summary of sightings Members’ reports in lockdown
2021 Sightings year list Birdwatching reports
2020 Sightings year list Birdwatching reports
2019 Sightings year list