Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 7th December
The 2019 area bird year list is 191 species (197 species at the same time last year)
7th - 2 Water Pipits at Donkey Street and 11 Corn Buntings at the Willop Sewage Works (Brian Harper). A ring-tail Hen Harrier, 4 Pochard, 5 Mandarin, 11 Tufted Ducks and 15 Greylag Geese in the Horton Priory/Cock Ash Lake area (Ian Roberts). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite the Imperial Hotel (Chris Gillard).

5th - c.600 Cormorants off Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). 48 Great Black-backed Gulls flew west past Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Tufted Duck at Nickolls Quarry and 2 Siskins, 3 Pochard, 5 Tufted Ducks and 100 Goldfinches at Cock Ash Lake (Ian Roberts).


4th - A Purple Sandpiper at Hythe, opposite the Hotel Imperial (Paul Trodd). A Grey Wagtail on the canal at Hythe (Geoff Cooke).


3rd - A Woodcock, 2 Barn Owls and 3 Water Rails at Nickolls Quarry at dusk (Ian Roberts).


2nd - c.500 Kittiwakes and a record total of c.3,000 Mediterranean Gulls at Copt Point (Martin Casemore).


1st - A Velvet Scoter, a Great Skua and 2 Fulmars flew east past Mill Point. A Firecrest and a Blackcap at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Water Pipit at Donkey Street (Brian Harper)

Scarce Umber at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

December Moth at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

November

29th - 7 Sanderling at the Willop Outfall and 19 Teal and 78 Lapwings at the Willop Basin (Brian Harper).

A Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

28th - A Ring Ouzel and a Black Redstart at Samphire Hoe, where a Shag flew past (Steve Cutt). 2 Buzzards high to the west over Seabrook may have been migrants (Paul Howe).

Singles of Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Hythe (Ian Roberts).

26th - A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

25th - 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Sean Clancy). A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

24th - A Chiffchaff and 5 Goldcrests at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Firecrest and 2 Redpolls at Pedinge (Brian Harper).

An Oak Rustic, a Rusty-dot Pearl and 2 Diamond-back Moths at Cheriton (Brian Harper). A Silver Y and a Diamond-back Moth at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Diamond-back Moth at Hythe (Sean Clancy). 2 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

23rd - c.15 Redwings in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson)

21st - A Shag at Mill Point (Ian Roberts).

20th - A Little Egret, 2 Shags, 2 Razorbills, 2 Fulmars and 9 Brent Geese at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).

19th - A Kingfisher in Folkestone Harbour (Brian Adams).

Several Goose Barnacles were found at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).

18th - A Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook, where Diurnea lipsiella (November Tubic) was also of note (Paul Howe).

17th - A Marsh Harrier and a Green Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry. 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Shelduck and 3 Brent Geese flew past Mill Point, also a Shag offshore and a Chiffchaff and 4 Firecrests there (Brian Harper / Chris Gillard / Ian Roberts).

A Scarce Umber at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper). A Grey Seal again off Mill Point (Chris Gillard).

16th - A Short-eared Owl at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay). 2 Velvet Scoter, 3 Eider, 4 Sandwich Terns, 7 Wigeon, 15 Teal and 26 Red-throated Divers flew past Mill Point, also a Shag, 4 Firecrests and 12 Goldcrests there (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Firecrest at Copt Point, 3 Firecrests at Holy Well, 3 Goldcrests at Round Hill and a Grey Wagtail at Enbrook Park (Kevin Harding).

A Grey Seal off Mill Point (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

15th - A Long-tailed Duck, an Arctic Skua, a Little Gull, a Sandwich Tern, 2 Dunlin, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Teal, 4 Razorbills and 100 Wigeon flew past Mill Point (Ian Roberts). A Swallow along the canal at Seabrook (Martin Whybrow). A Shoveler flew past Princes Parade (Brian Harper).

14th - 7 Sandwich Terns flew east past Folkestone Pier (Brian Harper).

13th - A Snow Bunting and a Brambling flew over Samphire Hoe, also a Razorbill, a Black Redstart and 2 Little Egrets there (Mark Kennett). A Snow Bunting at 920 Wood Pigeons flew over Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). 17 Ringed Plovers at Folkestone Beach (Brian Harper).

12th - 2 Wood Larks at Newington, in paddock opposite church (Brian Harper).

10th - 2 Swallows flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Firecrest at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). A Firecrest, a Chiffchaff and 6 Goldcrests at Enbrook Park and a Sandwich Tern off Princes Parade (Ian Roberts). A Tree Sparrow, a Swallow and 3 Corn Buntings at the Willop Sewage Works and a Tufted Duck at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper).

An Oak Rustic at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

9th - A Tufted Duck, 3 Stonechats, 3 Fieldfares, 9 Snipe, 10 Corn Buntings, 35 Lapwings and 70 Teal in the Willop Basin/Sewage Works area (Ian Roberts). A Sandwich Tern flew west past Seabrook (Paul Howe). 3 Goldcrests at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 13 Stonechats at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt / Martin Collins).

8th - A Sandwich Tern and 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite the Hotel Imperial (Brian Harper). A Firecrest at Kingsnorth Gardens (John Tomlinson).

A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

7th - A Siberian Chiffchaff, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Tree Sparrows and 30 Lapwings at the Willop Sewage Works, where 35 Redwings flew north. A Swallow flew west at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

An Oak Rustic and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Snow Bunting at Samphire Hoe

(Paul Holt)

Siberian Chiffchaff (tristis) at the Willop Sewage Works (Ian Roberts)

Tree Sparrow at the Willop Sewage Works (Ian Roberts)

Diurnea lipsiella at Bargrove Wood (Ian Roberts)

6th - A Brambling, 2 Short-eared Owls and 4 Swallows at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). 2 Bramblings and 4 House Martins at Capel-le-Ferne (Ian Roberts). A Fieldfare, a Chiffchaff and 6 Goldcrests at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Firecrest, a Chiffchaff, a Grey Wagtail and several Goldcrests at Enbrook Park (Kevin Harding). Two Sandwich Terns off Seabrook (Paul Howe).   

A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Rusty-dot Pearl and 11 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook, also a Red Admiral there and a Harbour Porpoise offshore (Paul Howe).

5th - 2 Black Redstarts, 3 Fieldfares, 14 Pied Wagtails, 47 Meadow Pipits and 80 Mediterranean Gulls at Church Hougham (Mark Kennett). 400 Mediterranean Gulls at Copt Point (Martin Casemore). The Snow Bunting still at Samphire Hoe, by the office (Paul Holt). A Swallow flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

4th - A Golden Twin-spot, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Oak Rustics and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe, whilst Diurnea lipsiella (November Tubic) at Bargrove Wood was new for the year (Ian Roberts). 
2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Yellow-browed Warbler at the Willop Sewage Works (Brian Harper)

Great White Egret at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper)

Swedish-ringed Great Black-backed Gull at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

Cosmopterix scribaiella mine at West Hythe (David Shenton)

3rd - A Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrests, 3 Swallows, 5 Corn Buntings and 56 Lapwings at the Willop Sewage Works. A Great White Egret, a Little Egret, a Barn Owl, a Water Rail and a Blackcap at Botolph's Bridge. A Velvet Scoter flew west past the Hythe Redoubt, also a Black Redstart and a Little Egret there (Brian Harper). A Velvet Scoter flew past Folkestone Harbour (Stephanie Lea). A Firecrest and 3 Stonechats at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts).


An Oak Rustic and 4 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Hummingbird Hawk-moth and a Red Admiral at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


2nd - A Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 6 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


1st - 2 Swallows flew over Palmarsh (Neil Frampton). A Sandwich Tern off Princes Parade (Brian Harper). An adult Great Black-backed Gull at Hythe had been ringed 18 months previously in Sweden, nearly 1,500km to the north-east (Ian Roberts).


2 Oak Rustics and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Sean Clancy). 5 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe. The Sprawler at Bargrove Wood was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A mine of Cosmopterix scribaiella (New Marsh Cosmet) was found at West Hythe, the third county record and the first of the larval stage, following adults at West Hythe in July 2015 and July 2019 (2), and there were also ten species added to the area list and several additional year ticks (David Shenton).


January to October 2019 sightings have been archived - click on the links for a review of the bird sightings or the moth, butterfly and other sightings for the year to date.

The 2018 Folkestone & Hythe Bird Report and 2018 Non-avian Report are available as free downloads (by clicking on the links).