09/11/21 Woodlark

A damp overcast NW’ly start with mizzle turning to rain by 10 am. 3 Brambling ,6 Siskin and c10 Redpoll were all of note in Langdon hole and a fairly uneventful trudge east was highlighted by 2 or 3 Firecrest on lighthouse down and the valley. Also at that end of the patch I had a 5 second view of a Coal tit (unusual here) resembling the continental race: small crest and slate grey upper parts but I didnt see it again.

Whilst walking back West I heard the sweet fluting call of a Woodlark which I picked up heading west towards the farm, a new bird here for me, poor pic below.

A quick check of the harbour area and the juv Arctic tern was fishing along the main beach, 4 Guillemots were in the new marina along with a Grey seal. A first winter YellowLegged Gull and this 2nd winter Caspian Gull were flying around at the end of the western pier as the light faded and among the streams of Blackheaded Gulls filing into the harbour were dozens of Med Gulls.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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