22/04/23 Turtle Dove

Light Southerlies and overcast skies, clearing by mid morning sounded good on paper but delivered a deathly quiet morning in the bushes. A single Willow Warbler as I climbed the cliff path, a Yellow wagtail in off, 6 Swallow and singles of House and Sand martin while 6 Common and 2 Lesser Whitethroats were noted during the morning.

A Turtle dove saved the day on light house down, appearing in the top of an ash tree before flying down into the valley and showing nicely atop another large leafless tree in a garden. Perhaps still around as it dropped down, presumably to feed.

2 Red Kites and 5 Buzzards floated high over the valley aimlessly and a flock of 41 Brent Geese and several Sandwich terns flew up Channel while 10 Med Gulls flew down Channel calling.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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