13/09/22 Rosefinch

A switch in the wind from light southerly to a moderate North Easterly over night and cloud cover by morning dropped in some new birds: I had my first Ring Ouzel of the autumn calling in flight along the cliffs near Fan bay plus 10 or so Tree pipits over South East, 10 Wheatear, seemingly more stonechats, a decent stream of Meadow pipits and Hirundines aswell as 2 Spotted flycatchers a whinchat and c25 Chiffchaff (only 8 Willows) but the highlight came in the form of a juvenile Rosefinch! Found by local Russ B in Langdon Hole around 09.30 (long after I’d gone through there!)

Well done Russ, I was very happy to see this bird, a species which I associate with Scilly and Shetland, feeding on blackberries – a much rarer bird here in Kent.

Steve – another local had seen the Wryneck thats been hanging around close to the Rosefinch site and I luckily saw that briefly before the rain set in and I made my way home.

The Harbour was full of large gulls this afternoon. Large numbers of Mackerel have been chasing schools of sprats into the shallows and 1,000s were being stranded on the shoreline. generating feeding frenzies for the gulls and some nice views of them for me. I counted 15 Yellow Legged Gulls and 2 Caspian Gulls. Both casps looking a little ugly as they morph into 1st winter but still nice.

A small (probably female) 1st winter Caspian Gull
A second, probably female Casp again, same age.

1st Winter Yellow legged gull
A large, likely male 1st winter YLG
3cy Med gull, Red Ring ZLJ1 – Ringed in Czech
1cy Red Ringed Herring Gull ZWV. Ringed in Felixstowe Harbour this june.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

One thought on “13/09/22 Rosefinch”

  1. It was an extraordinary feeding frenzy on Dover Beach, on Monday. However, it was interesting to see how the Gulls dealt with their natural food. As opposed to a Subway!! Great stuff…


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