Clear skies, a gentle NW breeze and bright sunshine was the setting to a peaceful walk up through the valley and along the cliffs today. 3 Firecrests were all of note among the tit flocks and Redwings were well represented with c70 between the fields and the valley . c50 Golden plover were counted on the headland, with 20 of these on the deck in the stubble fields ear the light house, the others in off and west. The same line taken by a dozen Snipe and 22 Lapwing.

Golden Plover heading West.

Ive seen a few Caspian Gulls from the cliff tops and recently 2 at st Margarets (1st W and 2nd W) but nothing coming particularly close, Nothing to be seen at Deal and nothing at Shakey beach at the moment – a reflection on the calm weather perhaps as shakey is only good on a windy days.

1st Winter Caspian Gull, Langdon cliffs.

Another 1st winter Caspian Gull, st Margarets bay.

Black Redstarts are around and about, with at least 2 at Shakey, a single bird in the marina and one or two in the port my end. The Velvet Scoter in the harbour was enjoyable but seems to have disappeared now.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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