12/08/22 First Pied Fly’s of Autumn

Another moderate NE wind and warm conditions first thing. Rich B and I birded from Foxhill Down to South Foreland and back and tallied up: 2 Pied Flycatchers (one atop the cliffs just west of Fan bay and the other along the edge of Top wood) 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 1 Tree Pipit (my first for Autumn) 2 Yellow Wagtails, Reed + Sedge warblers and 12 Willow Warblers, 5 Wheatear, 2 Black Redstart also small numbers of hirundines were noted and a single juv Yellow Legged Gull. A common Sandpiper flew across the harbour as I was having a swim at lunchtime.

The first Pied Fly, originally picked up perched on a cliff top bench, then worked its way along the fence line and fed on the ground at the very highest peak of the cliffs before hopping over the edge and heading towards Langdon. Very enjoyable!

There are still a few obvious omissions including Common Redstart to the autumn’s bird list but today certainly provided a little boost.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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