Another fairly still start to the day with light NW winds increasing in strength and turning West. Another 5.30 am start with most of the good birding limited to the first part of the day.

A Tree pipit was heard calling, and located perched in a hedge at the top of the stairs up the cliff. I watched it in the dawn light untill it flew off North, a Garden Warbler was also singing along the same path. c12 Willow Warblers (below) were scattered around, A single female Wheatear, c50 Swallows flew mostly West, single Sand and House martin, Single Yellow Wagtail North, 2 White Wagtail East, 11 Swifts in off the Sea.

5 Common Buzzards and 3 Sparrowhawks were all counted from a skywatch on the farm however whilst walking just west of Fan Bay; I picked up a Marsh Harrier low down out at sea being harassed by a Herring Gull, before too long it had gained height and was above the cliffs heading NW inland.

The Bird had what looked like orange Wing tags but the heat hazed photographs do not reveal any colour or codes unfortunately. A 2cy female I think.

I bumped into local birder Lucy L who told me she had a singing Serin in her garden on lighthouse down the previous evening. Sadly there was no sign today.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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