Whinchat in The Desert
I joined AJG & SO in walk around The Desert when the mist lifted this morning, it was very quiet seeing only 3 Whinchat, 4+ Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 14 Meadow Pipits, a few Swallow over, a few each of Common Whitethroat and Willow Warbler and a Hare.
Honey Buzzard (mega crop)
Same Honey with 2 Common Buzzards
With Dungeness being full up with day trippers today I spent several hours at home sky watching from the front garden. Over the fields and often over my house myriads of Swallow, House and Sand Martins and even a couple of Swifts, 10+ Yellow Wagtails were constantly present as were Goldfinches and Greenfinches. 2 Hobby's were chasing the Hirundines being joined by a Kestrel and 3+ Sparrowhawks. Common Buzzards started appearing overhead with a maximum of 18 in one loose flock, just a couple of kilometers south of me Honey Buzzards were being seen but all I could find were common Buzzards, a few more Common Buzzards came over the garden then a group of 8 very high but still I could only see Common Buzzards, that is until I reviewed some images this evening and found that a Honey Buzzard had flown right above the garden, albeit very high and I had over looked it through sheer incompetence. In all 31 Common Buzzards over flew the garden this afternoon all heading towards The point.
Pity the Honey didn't come over like these Common Buzzards
Swallow over the garden today
House Martin over the garden today
Sand Martin over the garden today
Swift over the garden today
Pectoral Sandpiper from Hanson this afternoon
A tweet from Mike Puxley got me out of the garden late afternoon to see the Pectoral Sandpiper he'd found on the ARC from Hanson, also there 5 Garganey, 34 Black-tailed Godwits and a Little Tern of note.