Saturday, 31 October 2015

Birding in Kent..... For a Change

Wednesday  28th October 

Yellow Browed Warbler taken on 1st October.

On Wednesday lunch time  i headed to Dungeness to try and see the Dusky Warbler that has been seen by Channel View  cottage , i was still quite weary after my twitch to Papa Westray the previous day but went anyway.

I was soon  driving along Dungeness road but missed Channel view cottage and ended up by the Old Lighthouse , after getting some directions i made myr way back along the road and soon found the cottage , as soon as i approached the garden i could hear the Dusky Warbler , then it flew up in front of me giving brief but clear views .

It flew over my head and landed in the brambles on the opposite side of the road constantly calling , i saw it several times but only very brief views , this was  my 2nd Dusky Warbler this autumn although i only heard the previous one.

Yellow Browed Warbler taken on 1st October.

Sadly i never managed any photos of the Dusky Warbler , i headed back to the Lighthouse gardens and once again enjoyed good but brief views of the Yellow Browed Warbler , the one at the beginning of the month showed far better .

Great White Egret.

I then made a brief call into Dungeness Rspb reserve to have a look at the Great White Egrets i saw 3 birds in total .

Great White Egret coming into land.

Saturday 31st October

I called into Sandwich Bay this afternoon to have a look for the long staying Red Flanked Bluetail , i no sooner approached the trapping area when one of the Bay wardens was just about to release the recently re trapped Red Flanked Bluetail , i am not to keen on birds photographed in the hand i much prefer taking them flying free however i took a photo as the Bluetail was to good to resist .

Red Flanked Bluetail.

I was told this is only the 2nd record for Sandwich Bay the previous one being in the 1950's plus it's only the 7th record for Kent i am reliably informed .


  1. The bluetail has something of a look of a robin or some other chat

    1. Hi Simon , yes their profile is very similar to that of a Robin

  2. Nice selection Rob. A Bluetail in the hand, not a bad bird to see at close quarters.

    1. Cheers Marc , yes that was a real bonus to see .


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