|Common Redstart, Priest Hill, April|
Almost daily visits throughout the spring did produce a few passage migrants, most notably Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Ring Ouzel, Grasshopper Warbler, several Common Redstarts, plenty of Wheatears and a very healthy population of Common Whitethroats were in song throughout mid-April and into the summer, with the odd Lesser Whitethroat for good measure.
I neglected Canons Farm, but did manage to bump into a Ring Ouzel on May Day.
|Northern Wheatear, Priest Hill, May|
|Common Whitethroat, Canons Farm, May|
My near annual late Spring fortnight at Dungeness coincided with a string of good birds, including a superb adult Rose-coloured Starling, two Black-winged Stilts, two Bee-eaters, a Serin, a Black Kite and a Honey-buzzard, plus plenty of other stuff to trawl through and point lenses at (some of which came out quite well for me and my bridge camera). When Dungeness decides to play ball, it is a glorious place to be (note to Dungeness - please pull your finger out for the autumn!)
|Rose-coloured Starling, Dungeness, June (I'll let you guess which it is)|
|One of the two Black-winged Stilts at the Midrips, June|
|Two adult Mediterranean Gulls, Dungeness, May. You can never get enough of them...|
|Corn Bunting, Dungeness, June. A poser.|
|Reed Bunting, Dungeness, June. Another poser.|