Friday, 18 August 2017

18th August 2017

Phil and I walked the fields today and had nothing but three Wheatears, two Ravens and a flock of mixed Gulls. We did however find both sorts of Fluellen, round leaved and pointed leaved.
We also tried seawatching until we were drenched by an amazingly heavy shower.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

16th August 2017

More warblers today with 26 Whitethroats, 12 Lesser Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, three Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs and seven Willow Warblers.
Around the fields were 56 Skylarks, 600 Starlings and overhead a grey Heron, Cuckoo, Marsh Harrier, three Tree Pipits, nine Yellow Wagtails, six Pied Wagtails and five Wheatears all flying SW.  

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

15th August 2017

Far fewer birds today of which most notable were four Wheatears, a Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Golden Plover and 50 Skylarks in the stubble field.

Monday, 14 August 2017

14th August 2017

Warbler totals were two Reed Warblers, four Blackcaps, 25 Whitethroats, seven Lesser Whitethroats, a Chiffchaff and two Willow Warblers. Other than that we had a Hobby, 30 Mediterranean Gulls and the pair of Ravens.

13th August 2017

Far fewer warblers today with three Reed Warblers, one Garden Warbler, 24 Whitethroats, three Lesser Whitethroats, four Chiffchaffs and 10 Willow Warblers.
The two Turtle Doves and Wheatears were still present and on the rocks there were 850 Black-headed Gulls. In the fields there was a third winter Yellow-legged Gull and a single Tree Pipit flew over the cliff-top.
The first Autumn Lady's Tresses are about to flower on the lawn of Little Green on the Leas at Kingsdown.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

12th August 2017

Phil and I walked the area this morning and had presumably the same Turtle Dove singing at Hope Point, two Wheatears, 14 Reed Warblers, six Blackcaps, 58 Whitethroats, nine Lesser Whitethroats, 14 Willow Warblers, five Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest.

11th August 2017

Phil and I met Brendan briefly before he departed after having seen upwards of eighty warblers and  a singing Turtle Dove at Hope Point. We continued for another three hours and added more birds.
Day totals were 11 Common Swifts, eight Yellow Wagtails, nine Wheatears, six Reed Warblers, one Sedge Warbler, three Blackcaps, 83 Whitethroats, 21 Lesser Whitethroats, 14 Willow Warblers and a family party of six Chiffchaffs, a pair and four young being fed.
It was a very good day for insects with many Painted Ladies, our first big numbers of Chalkhill Blues and two Clouded Yellow Butterflies, one being of the helice form.
Also around the entire area we counted 11 Hummingbird Hawkmoths.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

10th August 2017

Phil and I had an hours seawatch with little reward apart from 140 Gannets, 46 Sandwich Terns and a Mediterranean Gull all moving north. There was also a Spotted Flycatcher in off the sea and two Harbour Porpoises feeding in the Bay.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

9th August 2017

Phil walked the fields today for three and a half hours and found two Whimbrels, 13 Yellow Wagtails, a flock of 450 Starlings, five Lesser Whitethroats, 12 Common Whitethroats, three Chiffchaffs and eight Willow Warblers. There were also14 Migrant Hawker Dragonflies.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

8th August 2017

Much the same numbers of warblers as yesterday with two Reed Warblers, two Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, nine Lesser Whitethroats, 26 Common Whitethroats, a Chiffchaff and 11 Willow Warblers.
Other birds included two Wheatears, three Yellow Wagtails, five Bullfinches and a flyover Crossbill.

Monday, 7 August 2017

7th August 2017 (Part 2)

Phil and Jack walked the area this morning and still had reasonable numbers of birds with one Whinchat, two Wheatears, five Reed Warblers, 11 Lesser Whitethroats, 20 Whitethroats, four Chiffchaffs and 19 Willow Warblers.  Also of note were 70 plus Skylarks in the stubble field.

7th August 2017

I had a family trip out to the Goodwin Sands this morning with Dover Sea Safaris. Leaving Dover at 05.00, on the sands for about an hour just after 06.00. A weird and wonderful experience. I didn't expect them to be so uneven, full of channels and pools, not a low flat sandbank as they look when viewed through a scope from the cliff top. Neither did I expect so much wildlife. We knew there were seals but I estimated 250-300 Grey Seals and plenty of birds as well. Highlights were three Little Terns, a Marsh Harrier heading towards Kent, a Tufted Duck (a scarce bird in The Channel for us), a Knot, a Sanderling, seven Dunlins, 80 Sandwich Terns, 50 Common Terns, 60 Gannets, a Kittiwake and five Common Scoters.

Grey Seal (Phil Heading)
Grey Seals (Richard Heading)

My Uncle, Phil Heading, has kindly provided the images below which capture some of the beauty of this wild landscape. He even has a distant shot of Bockhill. Spot The Monument!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

6th August 2017

Another reasonable day of warblers with 4 Reed Warblers, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, 19 Lesser Whitethroats, 31 Common Whitethroats and 32 Willow Warblers.
Apart from those we had a Whinchat, a Wheatear and 2 Spotted Flycatchers,