02/06/21 5 Rose Coloured Starlings and Bee Eater!

A memorable morning for me out on the headland today with a South easterly breeze coming in off the sea. At about 08.40, and Just 10 minutes after discussing the approaching invasion of Rosy Starlings with Lucy and Mark Love I had a flock of 5 fly North over fields just north of SouthForeland lighthouse!

I picked them up as a tight ball of starling sp’s flying across the horizon about half a field away (their commoner congeners have been hard to find at the moment) and as I quickly got my bins on them the SHOCK of seeing 5 Rose coloured Starlings flying together will stay with me for sure.

My camera wasn’t focusing immediately so I lost a few seconds whilst they got further away, although I managed some distant heat hazed shots. They really seemed to be in migration mode and I lost them towards Reach road.

Now hot in pursuit and imagining them perched on and around the sheep or on the fences in that direction I made my way whilst putting out the news only to be interrupted 25 minutes later by the familiar sound of a Bee Eater calling above Langdon Hole to my left, I heard it 3/4 times before picking it up as it came over the Radar station and right over my head as I stood at Reach road, Id imagine it flew over my house just before that too.

A couple of Record shots, A few more calls, and it was gone, headed East over the fields north of the road.

Other birds of note were a Hobby (that Im seeing everyday in a similar place…) and perhaps 20 Swallows East. A really exciting hour or so and a sea swim to celebrate! Im happy we moved here.

Looking back at South foreland lighthouse from near Reach road

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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