13/04/22 Hoopoe!

Another morning of light southerlies, and a sea mist had rolled in and covered the entire channel by the time I was climbing the cliff path.

View of Calais across the channel from Langdon

I cursed it for having formed slightly too late to drop many migrants in, but as I walked through Langdon I heard my first Common Whitethroats of the year followed by 4 Wheatears and 5 Swallows between Foxhill down and the recently ploughed fields up top.

M Wheatear

Another first of the year in the form of a female Common Redstart, in the old light house garden but the star of the morning was found 500 metres East, on the path in front of me as I walked over Lighthouse down: A Hoopoe!

It was in the worst spot for phone signal and had to leave it whilst trying to put out the news, but within 30 minutes or so a few birders arrived and eventually everyone saw it. Nice to see all the locals today!

I went back for seconds in the afternoon and saw it several times feeding in the same spot I’d found it in earlier.

Other firsts for the year were a Yellow Wagtail in off and over light house down and a House martin over the top wood.

Below: Russ Blackman’s Pic of the Hoops flying infront of the old light house.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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