SSW winds at a just about bearable strength this morning and a walk around the entirety of the patch in the company of old friend Laurence P .

Willow warbler

c18 Willow Warbler were counted across the whole site as were 4 Wheatear, 5 Yellow wagtail, a juv Black Redstart, 2 possibly 3 Spotted Flycatchers in the valley were my first of the autumn, as was a Coal tit, c50 Swallows west, a much smaller number of House martin and Swift too in the same direction. Local Bullfinches were active and visable and a Nightingale (presumably different to friday’s bird) was heard croaking and whistling from the bomb crater on Foxhill down where we spent an hour or so looking for migrant Raptors in vain. Decent numbers of Adult and juvenile Corn buntings are to be seen currently in the un-harvested barley fields around reach road. Common and Lesser Whitethroat also well represented and I don’t really think local breeders have left/started moving yet, still some very scruffy adults about.

Spotted Flycatcher

Also noted were singles of Hummingbird Hawk Moth and Jersey Tiger.

Corn Bunting

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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