Immediately I was confronted by a line of Wheatears on the sea wall, I counted at least seven, but this may have been an underestimate. No matter how often I see them I have to take another picture or ten, they are just so photogenic. One of the things I like is the way all the feather tracks are neatly marked out. They are ideal for teaching someone the names of all the feather groups on a bird.
Today both Large and Small Whites were abundant, and most looked very fresh, obviously the result of a late brood.
As well as the numerous whites I did see a yellow butterfly, but lost it when it flow over one of the large humps. My impression was that it was a Brimstone and not a migrant Clouded Yellow, but unfortunately I didn't re-find it.
Kingsdown but it was a Little Egret. Thirty years ago there were probably more records of Spoonbill per year than Little Egrets, but not now!
A pair of Carrion Crows were playing on the cliff, with the spread of Ravens and quite a few sightings in Kent I wonder how long it will be before they are regulars here. I did see one House Martin along the cliff and the way it was behaving led me to think it was one of the nesting birds, although I didn't see it return to a nest.
Several Wheatears were still popping up on to the sea wall as I walked back. They normally dropped on the the grassy side to feed, in between their sentry duties on the wall.
Rock Pipits occasionally joined the Wheatears on the wall but invariably they dropped down to feed on the shore side of the wall, their hoarse seep calls were constantly in the air.
As I reached the gate this small Heath was nectaring on a daisy, it's the first of the second brood that I've seen, although no doubt they've been flying a while.