Almost 3 weeks have past since my last post and despite daily coverage there has been little to report.

Highlights were few and far between but a Nightingale was singing in the valley on the 27th April followed by a lively morning on the 28th with a spring high count of 12 Willow Warblers in Langdon, as was a reeling Grasshopper warbler and singing Sedge plus 5 swifts. Since then theres been a trickle of hirundines and the odd swift with a yesterday being a ‘bit of a Swallow day’ 130 counted around the lighthouse around midday. Ive counted 5 Hobbies and had a Marsh Harrier come in off the sea over my garden but nothing more noteworthy. The forecast remains uninspiring for the foreseeable.

Just as I was about to give up this morning my first Spotted flycatcher of the year flew in over the cliff at light house down and perched up before continueing into the valley. 15 House martin and 22 Swallow also.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

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