Northerly and North Easterly winds dominated the weekend and finch movement was apparently going ahead on Saturday throughout the morning with c1,300 Chaffinches East in flocks of 20-80 birds every few minutes and mostly at cliff height which meant each flock could be easily scanned for brambling (2 of which were seen).

Several Firecrests and Chiffchaffs have been noted recently but no sign of migrant Black Redstarts, White wagtails or Blackcaps. I’m hopeful next week will provide these and a Wheatear or two.

Finch movement today seemed to be non existent in comparison to yesterday, if it was happening it must have been further inland and the movement along the cliffs was dominated by large gulls. Many Lesser Black backs and 2 Caspian Gulls (A 1st winter and a 2nd Winter) glided East during the morning.

1st w Caspian Gull

2nd Winter Caspian Gull

The harbour is hosting a roost of several thousand Gulls in the evenings. Mostly small Gulls and despite a good look through I havent managed to find anything of interest beyond 100+ Med gulls this evening.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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