27th-28th March, Wheatears etc

A blustery weekend with Friday and Sunday being abit too windy for my liking although Saturday was bearable with bright sun and some sheltered spots as the wind was a straight westerly.

A little arrival of Black Redstarts was apparent with 6 or 7 birds seen including a very smart adult male, between the undercliff and south Foreland lighthouse with most present in Langdon Hole itself.

I checked the old airfield strip at Reach road, as the spot is a migrant Wheatear’s heaven and had 4 smart males, my first of the year – an uplifting 20 mins watching them sheltering on the lee side of the mound there.

Skylarks, Corn buntings and Yellow hammers were all in good numbers and good voice though the Tree sparrows seem to have moved on heres a photo of a few from back in Feb.

Peregrines were entertaining to say the least and I’ve managed to figure out where a nest is, the male was mainly patrolling and calling to the female who I think might be on eggs although she made an appearance briefly.

A Black Redstart was heard singing from the bedroom window early Sunday morning, I couldn’t locate it and it appeared to have moved on by 11am. Another exciting house tick came in the form of a Wall lizard! my neighbour says there’s lots of them!

More working in London for me so I wont be around till next weekend but I have some time off from the 10th so looking forward to that.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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