13/07/21 Honey Buzzard

Things have been quiet lately and I’ve been busy working on the house but a circuit of the headland first thing today resulted in me being at almost the right place at the right time when a Honey Buzzard flew East over reach road just before 11 am.

Viewed from the track just west of the farm i got these distant and heat hazey shots but clear enough to enjoy through the bins, I lost a little time by sprinting to try and get ahead of it but it changed course and headed inland. An unpaired adult roaming around? or failed breeder heading off early? who knows but if I’d have been stood at the pull-in on reach road at that time you’d be looking at face melting photos of it thats for sure!

Other birds of note have been one or two Juv YellowLegged Gulls that have joined the masses at the eastern entrance of the port. Ive seen more than one each time I’ve looked there but unfortunately Ive not been able to coax any in to my gull spot yet so views remain distant so heres a nice Juv YLG that Laurence P and I had on the 4th of July near him at West-rise in Sussex. Their arrival is a much anticipated event for some of us!

Non-avian highlights recently have been local Glow worms, a few moths and butterflies in the garden including Dark Green Fritillary, Humming Hawk and Privet Hawk aswell as many Marbled whites and the ubiquitous Wall lizards!

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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