Another beautiful morning on thursday found a big fall of chiff chaffs at Langdon Hole as well as blackcaps lesser and common whitethroats,wheatears,ravens,a marsh harrier and good numbers of swallows and martins heading south.
Having had such a good morning went down to the Hoe to see what had turned up there,more of the same and a free airshow to boot with a spitfire and hurricane zooming up and down the coast it being Battle of Britain day.There was also the sight of a channel swim starting from the west beach,I am told being a pilot or an observer on a cross channel swim is one of the most boring jobs in the world,but swimming the channel is a great feat of endurance,and evidently more humans have climbed Everest than done this crossing!!
Friday morning did an early sea watch at St Margarets Bay with Malcom McVail a few bits and pieces
gannets ,terns ,a bonxie an avocet,distant unidentified ducks,a juv kittiwake and a couple of med gulls made the notebookand a kestrel chasing a bat around the car park was an unusual sight,the kestrel had no chance of catching the bat by the way.
After breakfast headed for Oare,filling up with diesel at Wincheap on the way,why is fuel 5p a litre cheaper in Canterbury???
Oare provided the usual fare with large flocks of black tailed godwit, avocet, and golden plover,with bar tailed godwit, ruff ,dunlin ,a curlew sandpiper and a pair of hobbies making up the numbers.Teal and wigeon numbers appear to be increasing and a large goldfinch / linnet flock was good to see.
On Sunday the highlight of the morning was a replica of Louis Bleriots plane appearing over the clifftop
The afternoon was perfect for raptor activity but only one buzzard came close to the garden