The rock pipits on the Prince of Wales pier are hanging on with two birds seen on Sunday afternoon, also two were at Samphire Hoe yesterday along with at least 7 meadow pipits three of which were displaying, seems to have been some late arrivals in the last week or two.I also had a late evening at Kings Wood Challock on Monday where a tree pipit was seen briefly,but no churrring was heard!theres a guided walk there this evening (wednesday)at 9pm lets hope the nightjars co operate.
On to the skippers now Small or Essex that is the question,is it small with ginger tips and essex with black tips to the antennae or vice versa, and then you`ve got to get good enough views to see them.
Essex tips are black ,have just checked Collins again.
I think I`m correct in my ID of these little blighters but if you know different please let me know.
There are at least 23 house martins nests on the cliff overhangs at the Dover end of the Hoe with a couple more which may be occupied,they have been very industrious this last week,most now ready for finishing touches.
Dragonflies are also active on the main pond with several Emperors and Black Tailed Skimmers present