Saturday, 20 June 2015

Capel-le-Ferne and Crossbills

Lade - 0700hrs - warm dry and sunny, light airs - A sultry start to the day with a good collection of common moths in the garden trap, plus the now `regular` Bordered Straw; Oh, how blasé we can become.
Due to several boating fisherman on south lake we abandoned all hope of any birding so walked Mockmill instead where there was plenty of Sedge Warblers, Linnets and Whitethroats feeding broods. Also noted Stonechat, Marsh Harrier and Kestrel.

                                Brimstone Moth, Lade

                                     Knot Grass, Lade

Capel-le-Ferne - This afternoon dad and I visited the Battle of Britain Memorial site atop the White Cliffs, and very informative it was too, particularly with the new `Wings` centre open. The memorial wall, with the names of all the fallen `Few`, was a sobering reminder of how lucky us post-war generations are not to have experienced the horrors of war. A highly recommended place to visit.
The view along the cliffs towards Dover and Folkestone was pretty special too.
Lade - Back home I took Barney for his evening walk before the rain set in and was surprised to hear, and just about glimpse, two Crossbills heading north along the coast calling.

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