Saturday, 12 June 2021

 12th June 2021

Phil and I stood at the viz mig site from 07.00-10.00 and had very little apart from c.300 starlings in six flocks come in off the sea, (unfortunately no Rose Coloured),There were three Hobbys hunting across the big field and two Ravens sitting on the fence. Many butterflies today, mainly Common, Small and Adonis Blues and an unusual one, for us that is, a Dingy Skipper.

Later in the afternoon Nigel had a Honey Buzzard over Kingsdown.

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

9th June 2021

From 07.00 - 12.00 we stood at the Monument and had very few birds apart from 41 Red Kites moving west, a Honey Buzzard north west and c. 33 Swifts south west. Unfortunately we missed the Bee-Eaters that were seen no more than a kilometer to the west of us. 

Brendan, John, Jack.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

6th June 2021

Nigel and I were out early covering the Undercliffe to The Monument with a very light westerly. As is fairly typical in recent years at this time Red Kites filled the skies above Kingsdown. We managed to count 42, there were probably more as they were never close and at times widely dispersed. Otherwise fairly quiet. A Shelduck and Shag flew past out to sea, there were 10 Swifts and a Black Redstart.

The first Small Blues and Adonis Blues were along the cliff top and Nigel picked out a male and female Red-veined Darter on Kingsdown Leas.

Saturday, 5 June 2021

5th June 2021

A passage of 82 Swifts, a Black Redstart and White Wagtail at Hope Point, 45 Common Scoter went through and 3 Red kites were over Kingsdown and then headed off towards Ringwould. Jack, Phil, Brendan and Richard

3rd June 2021

We've been away for a little while, sorry. In that time there has been Kent's first Crag Martin at Kingsdown, our first Goshawk and Black Brant, but not a great deal else.

Until Richard Bonser and Jamie Partridge picked up a Black Stork at St. Margaret's going out to sea and quickly got the news out. Phil and Jack managed to get on it at The Monument and I watched it from Kingsdown. Fantastic! This is the second record for the area, the first being 17 years ago on 19th September. Jack didn't see that first one, he was suitably impressed this time around! Earlier there was a Marsh Harrier and we also had 10 Red Kites over Kingsdown.

Video by Phil Chantler.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

10th November

Still a few Goldcrests (14) around this morning plus single Blackcap and Chiffchaff. Otherwise fairly quiet with two Stonechats and two Corn Buntings on the clifftop. A few finches including 135 Goldfinches and two Bramblings moving south overhead along with a few Skylarks and Meadow Pipits. Off shore, two Shags. Its getting a bit of a struggle. 


Sunday, 8 November 2020

6th November

 First day of the autumn when no warblers were recorded, which was disappointing given that there had clearly been an influx of Goldcrests (77) plus a single Firecrest. The only other birds of note seen today were 10 late Swallows and a single House Martin hawking over the Droveway in the early afternoon.

Kestrel, Kingsdown Leas

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

4th November

 After several days of persistent and strong SW winds it was nice to be back out in more benign conditions with a light NW and sunshine.. Not a lot of overhead activity although Chaffinches (65) and Skylarks (48) were arriving in-off throughout the morning. Elsewhere highlights included Little Egret, Short-eared Owl, five Swallows, two Stonechats, single Ring Ouzel and Firecrest  plus three Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps and three Goldcrests.  Two singing Corn Buntings had returned to the clifftop having been absent for most of the autumn. 

Corn Bunting 



Monday, 26 October 2020

26th October

The continued W or SW winds continue to make life difficult. Highlights today included a single Ring Ouzel in the Freedown, three Stonechats, six Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, five Goldcrests, two swallows and 55 Skylarks. In the more sheltered habitats in the South Foreland Valley, the Nuthatch is still present along with a vocal but elusive Yellow-browed Warbler. 

Nuthatch- South Foreland Valley.  There has never been a Bockhill records but this one was less than half a mile from the Bockhill recording area. 

24th October

 A strong SW wind made viewing difficult although there was a reasonable period of viz mig early morning when our first two Lapland Buntings of the year were recorded. Also seen were 50 Swallows, 125 Starlings, 14 alba Wagtails, 110 Linnets and 420 Goldfinches . 

Pied Wagtail 

Thursday, 22 October 2020

22nd October

 Some good overhead movement in the first coupled of hours with 320 Swallows, 85 House Martins, 34 Skylarks, 26 alba Wagtails, four Bramblings , 105 Linnets, 55 Redpolls, one Crossbill and three Reed Buntings.

One the ground there were one Chiffchaff, three Blackcaps, two Ring Ouzels, two Corn Buntings and 19 Goldcrests

Kestrel eating earth worm by the Monument 

Saturday, 17 October 2020

17th October

After yesterday's minor success, today we were well and truly trounced by the the north coast.  A day of great promise was somewhat disrupted when half of the team upped sticks and relocated to Reculver. 

The loyal remainers managed to dig out a Siberian Chiffchaff at McSwiggans and two Woodlarks over the Leas.

Other birds of note, in no particular order 

    1 Woodcock

    105 Goldcrests

    22 Chiffchaffs,  

    9 Blackcaps

    3 Ring Ouzels

    37 Redwings

    24 Fieldfares 

    300 Starlings 

    2645 Goldfinches, 

    210 Redpolls, 

    43 Crossbills

Tristis Chiffchaff (SW)


Friday, 16 October 2020

16th October

 Today's highlight was  a Dusky Warbler ( third site record) in the Paddock late morning and again late afternoon, with presumably the same bird being seen on the Leas early afternoon. 

Other birds seen included a Hawfinch in the Paddock shortly after dawn and six Ring Ouzels. 

It was another day with good finch movements with Goldfinches leading the way with at least 1,400 through, plus 230 Redpolls and 260 Siskins.

Other birds of note included six Ring Ouzels, 68 Fieldfares, 180 Redwings, 12 Chiffchaffs and 105 Goldcrests. 

Dusky Warbler (BR)