Wednesday, 31 May 2017

29th May 2017

Another very quiet day with 1 Grey Plover and 17 Swifts for our efforts.
2 Harbour Porpoises offshore.

28th May 2017

Standing at the vis-mig spot in sunny, cyclonic weather, Jack, Richard, Nigel & Phil had very little!
One Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, and 2 Buzzards were the highlight, with 7 Swifts and a Sand Martin moving down channel. 2 Harbour Porpoises entertained us and this newly-emerged Emperor dried itself in the grass.

Emperor - Nigel Jarman

Thursday, 25 May 2017

25 May 2017

Another day, another Red Kite. This one over the house at 0710, drifting South.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

24th May 2017

Looks like it could be a raptor day. 12 Red Kites came in at Kingsdown, drifted over the school and headed out towards Bockhill just after 08.00. Shortly after they joined another group and there were approximately 25 over The Monument, although distant when watching from Kingsdown, that appeared to head out towards Dover.

The photo below was taken with my iPhone and shows 11 of the initial 12.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

22nd May 2017

A Hornet flew around the house in Kingsdown this afternoon. No birds, but at least it's warm.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

21st May 2017

For a couple of hours Malcolm and I stood on the cliff-top and had nothing of note apart from a female Marsh Harrier in off the sea, 2 Shelduck upchannel and a steady trickle of Swallows SW.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

20th May 2017

Phil and I decided to get out at dawn and see if the birds would join us. We stood on the cliff top for five and a half hours in a light SW, which veered to WNW and strengthened. Jack joined us early in the morning. We were rewarded shortly after we started with a female Hen Harrier which came in at the Monument and headed off north. It's a less than annual species for us. Also passing through were a Hobby, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Marsh Harrier, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Painted Lady. A couple of Bullfinches were in the area and out at sea there were 20 Common Scoters and 25 Gannets. Down in the Bay a Green Hairstreak briefly alighted.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

7 May 2017

From 09:00 to 10:30hrs Richard and I stood on the blockhouse and had 3 Eiders, 1 Shelduck, 21 Common Scoters, 16 Dunlins, 2 Turnstones, 7 Grey Plovers, 12 Whimbrels, 43 Bar-tailed Godwits and 4 Guillemots.
At 09:42 a single Pomarine Skua flew N followed by 2 more at 10:00.
Terns were moving most of the time and totalled 89 Commics and 7 Sandwich.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

6 May 2017

A one hour seawatch from 0615 in very poor visibility and NE winds produced 2 Shoveler, 1 Guillemot and 3 Sandwich Terns upchannel for Nigel, Jack and Phil. A long and chilly walk around the whole area also gave little reward with 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Hobby and 4 leucorhoa Wheatears for our efforts.

5 May 2017

Richard and I did an hours seawatching before the lack of birds and the bitterly cold NE wind made us give up and retire to the café for coffee. There was a small movement upchannel of 17 Bar-tailed Godwits, 8 Whimbrel, 3 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling and 5 Turnstone. Apart from waders there was a Red-throated Diver, 6 Auk sp.(of which 2 were Razorbills) and 31 Gannets.

Monday, 1 May 2017

1 May 2017

Another seawatch this morning for Nigel, Jack and Phil in cold fresh SE winds. Visibility was good but the birds were poor. The best we could manage in 3 hours - 3 Pomarine Skuas at 0720 plus 4 Arctic Skuas, 3 Knot, 1 Black-th Diver, 111 Common Scoter and 2 Whimbrel moving upchannel.