22/05/23 Bee-eaters

A little less windy than the weekend but still from a Northerly direction and an interesting morning on the headland highlighted by 4 Bee eaters that flew low over Langdon Hole and continued North East just after 11 o’clock.

Hearing the calls first I immediately started looking straight up in the sky but the birds were coming through just over head height, I managed to photograph the two birds at the back of the loose flock and got brilliant views of them all as they circled around and carried on towards Wanstone Farm.

I did what i always do when something good flies over and ran after them hoping to see them again but lost them over the horizon. Immediately after the Bee eaters numbers of Swift began arriving off the sea with 44 Counted in a party and another 10 or so just after, 35 Swallow and 4 House Martins also flew low over the fields and 3 Spotted Flycatchers suddenly appeared , picking one of them up coming across the fields among the swallows before perching up at the farm. Another Spot fly was on Fox hill down as I walked home.

3 Willow warblers were singing in Langdon Hole first thing along with 2 on the 20th these late birds are presumably headed further north than April birds.

2 Barnacle Geese, a Whimbrel and a Ringed Plover Flew upchannel viewed from Light house down.

Author: Jamie Partridge

Birding South East Kent: Langdon Hole to South Foreland

One thought on “22/05/23 Bee-eaters”

  1. Hi Jamie. That ended up a memorable morning. I’d found so little I gave up around 10am and went home! Another poor decision on my part obviously.


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