05/09/21 Honey Buzzard

High pressure and a cloudless sky produced many Honey Buzzard sightings across the South East today, 11.50 am and minutes after receiving a text from Laurence P at Beachy Head declaring his finding of a nice male, I too was looking at a HB (female) cruising East over the Castle, continuing over the Radar Station and lost to sight . My third of the year.

Female HB

Simon P tweeted a HB flying North over the Lighthouse 10 mins before my sighting 4km to the west, likely the same bird i guess.

Pied Fly

I visited the headland 3 times today, early am, mid morning and early evening and counted 3 Common Redstart, 4 Willows, A single Pied Fly, plus 2 Hobbys and a few Swift among c300 Swallows East. A Green sandpiper (patch tick!)flew over calling first thing and there are many Yellow wags in with the cattle still.Glad to have the sun back.

m Redstart

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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