I had to make another trip down to Margate last week to visit my parents during the fantastic spell of unseasonally warm weather we were having. I took a quick stroll around Foreness Point beforehand and briefly on the way home.
The grass that had been mown a few days earlier had transformed into large circular hay bales and in amongst them a few birds had gathered.
There were plenty of Meadow Pipit neurotically flying around, the odd Willow Warbler, plus a very showy Sparrowhawk perched on a bale.
|A Sparrowhawk was extremely showy at Foreness Point
A few Wheatear appeared, plus a number of Stonechat. Stonechats, it transpired, had been prevalent around the south east that day, as my local patch had recorded at least eight – and we normally only get one or two a year.
|Male (top) and female Stonechat
|A Wheatear on the move
|Taking the dog for a walk...
Down on the beach, the tide was out and there were the usual Oystercatcher, Curlew, Ring Plover and Turnstone. Added to this group were at least 75 dozing Sanderling – the most I have ever seen here.
|Dozing Sanderling on the beach
It had been an enjoyable interlude. Peaceful.
|Margate harbour at sunset