This morning I walked down to Hope Point and up to kingsdown Lees where four of the Bockhill birders had watched a Short-eared Owl make it was to roost in a pine tree.
It was distant in the tree and I think Phil and Simon got better pictures when it was resting on a closer bush. Although there were still some common migrants around we still missed out on any of the scarcer birds that have been turning up at other sites in Kent. Two Peregrines, several Kestrels and Sparrowhawks and the "big Falcon" entertained with various chases and looking back towards Ringwould we watched a Buzzard being mobbed by crows.
This afternoon I walked down Green Lane. This is the bridle path that runs from Station Road, more or less parallel to the A258, towards the Ringwould - Kingsdown Road. It may change names somewhere near the wood that it passes through, this isn't clear on the map. As you come out from the wood you look towards the sea beyond Kingsdown, and on a glorious Autumn afternoon it was a great walk. The only down side was one pile of rubbish dumped in the wood and one burnt out car.
On may way back I came across this female or juvenile Redstart flitting along the hedge, not far from the start of the track. Hedges make wonderful road ways for birds to move along, while keeping near to cover and thus safety.
There weren't a lot of moths in the trap this morning, the best was a Delicate, one of the few migrants around.