15/03/22 Woodlark

On the 15th of March 1969 an Alpine Swift was found over Dover town. This is my number one top of my list ‘Bird to find’ here this spring but unfortunately it wasn’t to be repeated today…

Looking West from the Harbour field

The highlight of the mild and still morning was a Woodlark that fluted its way East near the Radar station first thing. Best of my poor pics below.

A conservative count of 870 Chaffinches flew North East between 06.45 and about 9am. Much higher and about 200m further in land than last weeks larger numbers, c150 Siskin also took a similar line though a flock of 25 of these charming little finches came through at head height and flew right past me which was nice.

2 Brambling (one of which was perched up calling in Langdon hole early on) 2 Black Redstart (including a killer male) and 2 White wagtails (along the cliff tops at eye level) 2 Firecrest and 2 Red Kite were also noted , as was a Kettle of 11 Common Buzzards including the pale bird which ive seen a couple times recently. The lonely Treecreeper was still singing in middle wood.

Sea watching on windier days (yesterday and sunday) produced a number of Brent Geese at slightly closer range with the Easterly element to the wind. 5 Drake Eider and a 1st Winter Caspian Gull were nice and a handful of Common scoter plus 20+ Red throated Divers.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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