With the weather having returned to something more like March 1,300 Swifts moved into a brisk W breeze, mostly from 0645-0730 before the sun emerged. The local Buzzards were soon up and about and a Siskin flew SW but the main interest of the morning was on Lighthouse Down where the pair of white wagtails was feeding 2 fledged juveniles. The first confirmed breeding of this race in the county was at Samphire Hoe in 2013 and subsequently on Romney Marsh in 2015 but it remains a very unusual occurrence. Here’s a shot of one of the adults, taken recently by Jamie Partridge.
Some reluctant sunshine looks like being the last of the recent settled spell but, for early June at least, there were some interesting birds on offer. One of the white wagtails was on Lighthouse Down, where a Mistle Thrush was the first for over two months, a female Black Redstart was at Fan Bay, 13 Swifts flew NE and 21 Red Kites flew NE between 1000 and 1025. The butterfly transect was affected by increasing cloud but our first Painted Lady of the year was seen on the farm earlier.
A bit chilly in a brisk N breeze this morning, which was a nice mix of birds, butterflies and moths. The first families of Whitethroats were visible along the clifftop and farm, 3 Buzzards were up and about once it warmed up a bit and 2 white wagtails were with the cattle on Lighthouse Down again. Our good fortune with Bee-eater sightings continued with one N across Fan Bay and the lighthouse at 1039 before spending 3-4 minutes catching insects over the windmill then moving off northward.
It has now been just over a week since there was a cloud in the sky and on another azure morning with a light NE breeze 3 Red Kites flew NE along Reach Road between 0905 and 0925 and 2 Siskins followed in the same direction.