The birds at the back of the fields, eating berries were the common Wood Pigeon, not the hoped for winter thrushes.
The fields are often full of gulls, in the summer and when the ploughing is going on they are mainly Herring Gulls, with some Black-headed Gulls. Now that all is quiet and the tractors have finished their work, there were just a few gulls quartering up and down the fields looking for food. The Common Gulls are mainly visitors from breeding further north arriving in the autumn and departing in spring, although jsta few do breed in Kent.
Getting towards Kingsdown there were one or two group of mostly Black-headed Gulls roosting, and the Common Gulls occasionally dropped in to join them.
Here two Common Gulls, at the back, have joined the black-heads, their darker grey mantles and slightly large size are apparent.
Oneof the Black-headed Gulls on patrol
As we walked back a Kestrel hovered over the rough ground by the Golf Course.