We headed south towards Danes Dyke, lured by a Fulmar circling by the cliffs and a mystery pigeon. The fulmar turned out to be one of seven that were sitting on the ledges of the cliff, some already in pairs and noisily complaining when the flying individual passed too close.
The mystery pigeon was to be a Stock Dove, one of two who flew together. I had never seen this species by the coast.
A male Kestrel hovered over the cliff and we flushed a couple of Rock Pipits.
After turning round before the tide was too high, we went up the path to the walk around the little wooded valley. A very kind gentleman showed us the location of three roosting Woodcocks, my first chance to see this species at rest and take some photos.
In the wood, there were Chaffinches, Great and Blue tits, Robins, a Treecreeper, some Crows and many Grey Squirrels.
Atop the cliff we watched the sea, still, and watched a seal who seemed to be eating something. A lovely end of a great day out.
Young great-black backed gull feeding on seaweed
A pair see off a third individual
Male Kestrel hovering over the cliffs, and a few more shots of the fulmars
South Landing looking north
Another woodcock, both looking awake.
Overwintering garden snails.
- Black-headed Gull
- Blue Tit
- Carrion Crow
- Curlew 2
- Goldcrest 1
- Great Black-backed Gull
- Great Tit
- Herring Gull
- Rock Pipit
- Stock dove
- Woodcock 4
- unidentified diver, possibly Red Throated Diver