31 August 2014
Langdon Cliffs to St Margarets
Mandy was keen to get some fresh air and a coastal walk seemed ideal. We decided to start at Langdon Cliffs, just north of Dover, and to walk to St Margaret's Bay for lunch. Rather than walk straight down the cliff top path after purchasing some water from the cafe we walked up through the bushes and around the fields and through the top path under the coastguard station. A few Whitethroat flicked around in the Hawthorns and a flash of red drew our attention to a lovely male Redstart. A Hobby drifted over, pausing briefly to pluck a flying insect out of the air, and a late Swift flew over the Coastguards.
|The Wryneck shows briefly along the fence line|
|And eventually pops out onto a branch|
|Short wings and pumped tail|
|Black legs and pale soles to the feet bely its true identity|
|Buff sides to the breast looked very odd.|
Along the coastal path down to The Pines gardens we found a smart White Wagtail feeding quietly along the chalky path, before climbing back up the steps to the village. After lunch we returned to the lighthouse then along the cliff top path. A Raven flew along the cliffs, and two Lesser Whitethroat were 'pished' from the hawthorns, but disturbance meant there was little else to see until we got back to Langdon Hole. The Spotted Flycatcher was still showing, and several Whitethroat and Willow Warbler were feeding quietly in the bushes. There was no sign of the Wryneck but a Redstart was flushed as we returned to the car.