23/06/21 Red-backed Shrike

The winds have been predominantly in the North East for the past few days and today didn’t really look like a day to be rushing up onto the headland for 5am. A later start and a saunter took an exciting turn when a female Red-backed Shrike hopped up onto a hawthorn and perched in front of me as I walked East under the Radar station this am.

I enjoyed good views and watched/photographed it on and off over the period of an hour, during which time it disappeared regularly only to pop up near the place I originally found it. It endured some mobbing from a Chaffinch and local Whitethroats brielfy.

The last time I saw the bird it had begun to fly between the upper and lower level above Langdon hole and the under-cliff and I lost track of it.

Not much else bird-wise to remark upon: c18 Swallows moved East, the Stonechat family in Fan bay were notable and the Peregrine nest that Ive been watching has fledged 2 of the 3 chicks already. A Hummingbird Hawkmoth and a Slow worm were noted aswell as many Common Spotted, Fragrant and the below Bee Orchid

June continues to be good!

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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