16/06/21 Serin

Warm South Easterlies met me as I climbed the path up the cliff early this morning. Visibility out to sea was fairly poor but c200 European Starlings moved west in small flocks, some at great height and Swifts seemed to be coming in off in 3s and 4s.

At about half seven, whilst walking east on Lighthouse Down I heard the flight call of a Serin a couple of times coming towards me, I picked up the bird fairly low and then managed a couple of flight shots as it moved away from me and continued West, a 10 second interlude but good fun!

Other things of note were a recently fledged Juv Peregrine which I enjoyed watching it noisily drop and catch a disembodied pigeon wing in the early morning haze. To my knowledge this bird isn’t from the nest which I watch regularly.

The Black Redstarts are well into they’re second brood, below the female taking food to their well hidden and inaccesible nest.

A first summer Med gull was flying around Lighthouse Down on sat the 12th, seemingly catching insects…

With this morning’s Serin, June continues to be good for scarce migrants. Soon it will be time to look for juv Yellow Legged Gulls, looking forward to that?

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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