04/11/21 Hume’s Warbler!

Strong (and cold!) NW winds today. I Cant really believe that this was found the same day as my Radde’s yesterday but it certainly was! Again congrats to Gerald S and Brendan R. Below is Brendan’s photo of what was a vocal bird today . Glad I saw it and I have a hunch it will stick around. With no sign early doors Mark, Lucy L and and I walked towards the spot they’d seen it in y’day and it began calling as we approached.

Sadly no sign of the Radde’s but some nice birds en route to the valley and back, highlights as follows: Maximum 5, minimum 3 Snow Buntings (reliable male still in situ, 2 birds (looked like a male and female) out over the sea and flying about under the cliff just east of Fan bay, Plus singles over the valley and the farm.

Up to 5 Ring Ouzel in Langdon hole along with c40 Fieldfare, c55 Redwing, 10 Song thrush and a Mistle thrush. 6 Brambling, and a Swallow flying back and forth around the sheltered undercliff, just how I’d love a rare hirundine to perform one day.

Other things of note were 2 Juv Gannets close in, a Red throated Diver on the sea near the lighthouse plus a small party of Brent Geese East.

Ive just seen reports that both Hawfinch and Cattle Egret were seen over the valley this afternoon. Just goes to show what increased numbers of eyes can do for a site.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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