03/04/23 Water Pipit

A moderate Easterly wind, clouds clearing to sunshine by mid am and the morning’s highlight was a smart summer plumaged Water pipit that flew along the cliff tops calling. Id suspected hearing one yesterday but the bird was too high to get views of which made todays bird all the more satisfying.

My first swallows of the year also, with 12 counted throughout the morning including the birds that breed at the office buildings in the car park, singing overhead. 2 Sand martin over the valley, c1,000 Chaffinch (I didn’t pay full attention as many birds were high up and moving on a broad front) Id counted 2,015 on Saturday. A single Brambling, 340 Siskin, 3 Black Redstart (including a singing bird) 6 Firecrest, 11 Chiffchaff and 2 Grey Partridge. A male Marsh harrier came in high off the sea over the lighthouse just before 11am, my third in the past month.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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