A quiet period since the last post although a small selection of migrants seen across the headland: Common Whitethroats have arrived, a Lesser Whitethroat was singing in Langdon hole on the 20th, 2 Willow Warbler and 2 Ring ouzel on the 19th and a smattering of Yellow Wagtails and Barn Swallows in off most mornings plus the odd Wheatear whilst Black Redstart are being heard singing in a few places.

With it quiet in the bushes I’ve turned some attention to the sea, with the geography of this place keeping seawatching mostly poor and birds distant – South Easterly winds today pushed birds closer to land and around 400 Bartailed Godwit went through just west of the harbour at shakey this afternoon, along with 115 Whimbrel, 66 Brent geese with around double figures of Gannet, Kittiwakes, Common scoter and Sandwich terns.

Whimbrel & Bar tailed Godwits close in from shakey beach.

A less productive sea watch the day before was highlighted by 2 Redbreasted Mergansers and the adult Glaucous Gull, who’s still hanging round to my surprise.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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