Sunday 19 January 2014

Cracking Kent

Another great half day out birding with Lee, this time in Kent.  Our first target was Hume's Leaf Warbler in Ramsgate Cemetery. The bird showed pretty well most of the time we were there, but usually at the tops of the trees and was very mobile. Also seen on site a smart Firecrest and a zillion Ring Necked Parakeets.

Record shot of Hume's Leaf Warbler 
Next we headed up the road to the Foreness Point in search of Snow Buntings. Surprisingly they were not easy to locate, but eventually we found a dozen or so, feeding on the cliff face.   

For me the highlight of the day was enjoying the waders on the foreshore, and in particular these Purple Sandpipers. Five birds showed really well as the tide quickly came in. Other birds seen included Redshank, Curler, Turnstone, Sanderling and Ringed Plover.    

Camouflaged well in the weeds 

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