The wind remains fairly strong and from the North east. Unbelievably there have been 5 Wrynecks (or up to 5 different birds) between South foreland valley and Langdon hole in the past week, none of which have I found or seen even!

Nevertheless, Ive been seeing migrants out and about each morning with fairly stable numbers although this morning seemed abit birdier with the first bird I put my bins on being a juv Black Redstart on the cliff above my house as I walked up.

Pied Flys

Today’s totals for me – Up to 4 Pied Flycatchers between Langdon and the valley, (2 at each end), Spot fly, Grasshopper Warbler (my first and only of the autumn!), 2 Tree Pipit East, 6 Yellow Wag, 4 Common Redstart, 2 Black Red, 5 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, only 3 Willow warblers, many lesser and c’mon whitethroat, Grey Partridge, 1cy YLG east.

Grasshopper warbler

The above Gropper was flushed from grass on the farm today and waited patiently while I watched it. as I moved away it went back to the same spot, nice birds and not often I get to look at them.

Steve C & Julian R were out and about and could add Firecrest and Garden Warbler to the tally, as was Colin J who had Pied and spot flycatchers at Top wood.

I spent a couple hours skywatching y’day and had Hobby and 2 Swift plus Local Buzzards but nothing else. Waiting for the promising weather of next week before it goes SW…

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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