Saturday, 3 June 2017

3rd June 2017

Phil and I took a walk along the cliff top to Kingsdown Leas early this morning in a light W to WNW wind. We started with a Hobby over The Paddock, two Mediterranean Gulls out to sea and four Ravens on the fence along the cliff top field. Whilst watching a group of 10 House Martins and 20 Swifts in front of Ship House a juvenile Stonechat flew past us, alighted briefly and carried on towards Kingsdown. At 7.30 the Herring Gulls started calling, alerting us that there may be a raptor above us. 15 minutes later Phil picked up a Black Kite being mobbed by gulls over The Rough and we watched it for the next 10 minutes as it slowly gained height and drifted west. Later there were two Red Kites over the golf course and the morning finished with four Buzzards over Kingsdown and another Hobby.

Mid-afternoon between Nigel on Kingsdown Beach and Gerald in Walmer there were 15 Red Kites moving. Then at 15.58 in Kingsdown, whilst in his garden, Nigel had a Red-rumped Swallow over heading west. A pretty good start to the summer!

Red Kite - Nigel Jarman

The area around The Bluebird Tea Room was looking a little different today with a film crew in residence. They wouldn't tell us what was being filmed.

We thought we did well for Red Kites until Bob Gomes rang and told us that from 14:20 - 15:54 he had 104 W whilst sitting in his garden at Graveney.

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