Back home and keen to get up the cliffs, today’s warm southerly wind promised more than it delivered but I was very happy to see my first sub-saharan migrants in the form of 2 Wheatears sat on a feed trough in fields off Reach road.

3 Swallows were also counted whilst out including one joyously singing high over Langdon hole flying west.

6 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap (also my first heard singing this year) and numbers of other breeders like Linnet, Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer seem up to last years numbers.

A Black Redstart was heard singing and a female was noted elsewhere whilst a male Brambling and 6 Siskin flew over the valley. I Look forward to striking other common migrants off the year list this week hopefully.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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