17th November 2018 White fronted Geese

Yesterdays low cloud and fog had been blown away by dawn courtesy of a strengthening SE wind. Producing a cold & bright morning. Out birding with JP & scarce vagrant GKG.


Goldcrest in the mallow at Birling Gap.

A very different day weather wise, with some interesting visible migration that wouldn’t have been out of place during a cold weather movement. Two White fronted Geese moving east out at sea were a big surprise and the first I have seen here in 4 years of watching. Adding to the midwinter feel, c120 Lapwing passed over in several flocks along with 6 Golden Plover and a Ringed Plover, also represented were c200 Woodpigeon and c50 Stock Dove. All of these passed east, into a headwind, which always to dictates the direction of travel here.

c400 Goldfinch, a Redpoll and 4 Reed Bunting also moved east. A mix of seemingly new and perhaps lingering Goldcrest with c30 spread about various sites and a single Firecrest was still in the wood. A Dartford Warbler was still above Birling Gap.


Pair of White fronted Geese (male & female judging by the size difference) picked up by GKG (photo. JP)


Lapwing. The largest movement I’ve seen up here.


A lovely Lapwing.


Some of this mornings Woodpigeon and Stock Dove. Morning flights of both species have been quite few and far between this autumn.


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