Also on the range were a couple of rock pipits, the normal dunnocks, robins and wrens and a female stonechat; the expected male being a no show.
After that I checked the scrub and trees around the toilet block and saw 2 kestrels, a couple of jays, several blue tits but no chiffs.
It was my intention to bird the Sandwich Bay area for the rest of the morning and along the Ancient Highway I found a red-legged partridge - the first I have ever seen along there.
I then came across Adam so I stopped for a chat. Adam's report of the birds on the scrape and in the Elms was not encouraging and neither was his report on the state of the road so I gave up that idea and went home for an early lunch.
Mid afternoon (after the dentist) I was back out this time walking the cliffs between South Forland and Langdon Hole. No wheatears but quite a few skylarks, corn buntings and mippits and a chiffchaff above Fan Bay.
I'd just about given up on seeing a peregrine when the falconers hybrid that has been around for several years cruised past a couple of times and a second peregrine showed distantly.
Whilst this was going on a raven also cruised back and forth a couple of times and on one of the passes it started showing off flying upside down whilst cronking it's not so little head off.
|Raven stunt flying|
|Raven (with it's eye closed!)|
Both the raven and a falcon disappeared after a few minutes and a little later, as the light failed completely, I followed suit.
Back at South Foreland a chiff was chiffing by the car.
All in all pretty pleasing....though I'm easily pleased.