Low cloud, light drizzle and northerlies in early June wasn’t as bad as i expected; the first birds I put my bins onto as i walked up the cliff path at 06.00 am were a female Marsh Harrier and a Red Kite sharing c100 metres of airspace over the harbour. The Kite flew towards Langdon and the Harrier over Dover Castle and away to the west.

The Kite was later seen feeding on a carcass from Foxhill down surrounded by Corvids, and was one of 3 birds seen this morning.

The most surprising bird of the day was a singing Willow warbler near the radar station, this along with a perched and calling Siskin were the only passerines of note.

The Below Dingy Skipper was noted the day previously but forgotten about in the excitement…

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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