Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 15th December
The 2017 area bird year list is 195 species (195 species at the same time last year)
15th - A Marsh Harrier and 2 Green Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry. A Shag at the Hythe Redoubt where a Peregrine flew in off the sea (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Rock Pipit and 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe opposite Stade Street (Sean McMinn).

14th - 12 Mandarin and 80 Teal at Chesterfield Wood, Saltwood (Ian Roberts).

13th - 6 Great Skuas, 26 Great Crested Grebes, 250 Gannets, 457 Red-throated Divers, 460 auks (mostly Guillemots) and 1,250 Cormorants flew past Mill Point (Ian Roberts). A further 78 Red-throated Divers and 90 auks (mostly Guillemots) flew west past Hythe (Dave Brown).

12th - A severe overnight frost but little evidence that the recent cold weather has led to any movement. A pair of Wigeon were at Nickolls Quarry this morning (Ian Roberts), a Barn Owl was seen along the A20 near the turning to Newington at 17:00 (Jamie Tomsett) and a Black Redstart was reported in Hythe, near the Stade Court Hotel.

11th - Almost impossible conditions this morning but 2 Dunlin and 7 Fulmars flew east past Mill Point (Ian Roberts).

10th - A Little Gull and 2 Great Skuas off Princes Parade (Brian Harper).

9th - A male Marsh Harrier, a Kingfisher, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Little Grebes and 2 Stonechats at Nickolls Quarry and 13 Knot at the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts).

8th - An adult Yellow-legged Gull in Folkestone Harbour, also a Rock Pipit, 2 Guillemots, 3 Turnstones and 5 Redshanks there (Ian Roberts / Mark Varley).

Yellow-legged Gull at Folkestone Harbour (Ian Roberts)

Redshank at Folkestone Harbour (Ian Roberts)
6th - A Green Sandpiper, a Stonechat, a Redpoll, 3 Little Egrets, 5 Cetti's Warblers and 12 Bearded Tits at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

4th - 2 Green Sandpipers and 12 Bearded Tits at Nickolls Quarry. 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Ravens and 2 Little Egrets at Botolph's Bridge, 3 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite Twiss Road. 14 Sanderling at the Willop Outfall (Brian Harper).

December Moths at Hythe and Seabrook were new for the year (Ian Roberts / Paul Howe).

3rd - 2 Shags on the sea off Sandgate and a Rock Pipit, 4 Redshank and 21 Ringed Plovers at Folkestone Harbour (Ian Roberts). A Purple Sandpiper, 10 Red-throated Divers, 15 Gannets and 115 Brent Geese flew past Mill Point,also 6 Goldcrests there and a Firecrest at Enbrook Park, Sandgate (Chris Gillard). 
3 Siskins in a garden in Folkestone (David Featherbe). A Stonechat at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay). A group of 134 Cormorants flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Bearded Tit at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper) - for more images see: www.brizey.co.uk

Adult Caspian Gull at Folkestone Harbour (Ian Roberts)

2nd - An adult Caspian Gull at Folkestone Harbour. A Great Northern Diver at Seabrook. 3 Corn Buntings, 40 Mute Swans and 54 Lapwings at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts). A Green Sandpiper, 2 Gadwall and 12 Bearded Tits at Nickolls Quarry. A Shoveler and a Raven at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper). A female Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone (David Featherbe).


1st - 2 Great Skuas, 4 Eider, 4 Turnstone, 5 Gadwall, 8 Dunlin, 9 Shoveler, 9 Brent Geese, 24 Teal, 57 Red-throated Divers and 81 Wigeon flew past Mill Point (Ian Roberts).

January to November 2017 sightings have been archived - click here for a review of the bird sightings for the year to date or here for a review of the moth, butterfly and other sightings.