Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 17th October
The 2019 area bird year list is 183 species (192 species at the same time last year)

17th - A Quail flushed from a stubble field at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Yellow-browed Warbler in a garden in western Folkestone (Neil Frampton). A Lapwing, 7 Goldcrests, 18 Redwings and 20 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman / Ian Roberts). A Ring Ouzel, 2 Wheatears and 80 Goldfinches at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). 3 Mute Swans, 13 Swallows and 58 Goldfinches flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Radford's Flame Shoulder at Samphire Hoe was a new species for the area, also a Pearly Underwing there (Steve Cutt). 3 Delicates and 4 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook, also a Common Darter and 2 Red Admirals there (Paul Howe).

Radford's Flame Shoulder at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt)

The Brick at Hythe - 1,000th species for the year (Ian Roberts)

The Vapourer at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Large Wainscot at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

16th - A Little Gull and 2 Arctic Skuas off Hythe (Dave Brown).


A Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and 4 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


15th - A Firecrest, 2 Stonechats, 3 Redwings and 12 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 2 Ring Ouzels at Creteway Down (Chris Gillard). A Grey Wagtail and a Wheatear at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith).


A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Delicate, a Rush Veneer and 7 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Another Convolvulus Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


14th - 2 Ring Ouzels at Abbotscliffe and a Little Egret flew east past Mill Point (Ian Roberts). A Blackcap, several Goldcrests and 25 Swallows at Creteway Down (Chris Gillard). A Firecrest at Copt Point (Brian Harper).


A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Delicate and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe, where a Brick was the 1,000th species to be recorded locally this year (Ian Roberts). A Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Vestal and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


13th - 2 Ring Ouzels at Creteway Down, a Woodcock at Folks' Wood and a flock of 5,000+ Starlings arrived in off the sea over Folkestone Harbour (Brian Harper). A Firecrest, a Siskin, 2 Wheatears and 3 Grey Wagtails at Samphire Hoe, where a Red-throated Diver flew past (Paul Holt / Pete Findlay / Steve Cutt). A Whitethroat and 5 Goldcrests at Abbotscliffe and a Little Egret flew over Cheriton (Ian Roberts). A Little Egret at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Delicate and 7 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


12th - The first Fieldfare of the autumn at Palmarsh (Brian Harper).


A Pearly Underwing, 3 Rusty-dot Pearls and 4 Delicates at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


11th - A Delicate and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


10th - A Goldcrest, 2 Redwings, 13 Blackcaps and 23 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 2 Siskins at Brockhill Country Park (Ian Roberts). An Arctic Skua, 11 Goldfinches, 22 House Martins, 26 Sandwich Terns, 53 Linnets and 76 Gannets flew west at Seabrook, where 2 Kestrels arrived in off the sea (Paul Howe).


A Dark Sword-grass and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Delicates at Seabrook, where Pink-barred Sallow was new for the year (Paul Howe).


9th - A Merlin flew in off the sea at Hythe, also 220 Mediterranean Gulls there (Sean McMinn). A Ring Ouzel, a Whinchat and 5 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (Dave Clarke).


A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Dark Sword-grass, a Rush Veneer, a Rusty-dot Pearl and 5 Delicates at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


8th - 12 Ring Ouzels at Creteway Down and a Wheatear at Battery Point (Brian Harper). A Whinchat, a Wheatear, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 10 Ring Ouzels at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). 3 Ring Ouzels and 4 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins / Phil Smith).

  

A Golden Twin-spot and a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Hythe (Sean Clancy). A Delicate, a Dark Sword-grass, a Rush Veneer and 5 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Scarce Bordered Straw and a Palpita vitrealis at Cheriton (Brian Harper). A Pearly Underwing, a Rusty-dot Pearl and 2 Delicates at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Ring Ouzel at Samphire Hoe

(Martin Collins)

Black Redstart at Mill Point

(Brian Harper)

Redstart at Abbotscliffe

(Ian Roberts)

Dewick's Plusia at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

7th - An Osprey and 13 Sandwich Terns flew west past Seabrook, where 5 Shelduck flew east (Paul Howe). A Common Sandpiper, an Arctic Skua and 9 Ringed Plovers in the Folkestone Harbour area (Brian Harper). A Water Rail, a Lapwing, 3 Wheatears, 5 Blackcaps and 7 Chiffchaffs at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


A Dewick's Plusia, a Rusty-dot Pearl and a Rush Veneer at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Delicate, a Rusty-dot Pearl and a Painted Lady at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Western Conifer Seed Bug at the Civic Centre, Folkestone (Brian Harper).


6th - A Redstart, a Ring Ouzel, a Firecrest, a Wheatear, a Lesser Whitethroat and 50 Song Thrushes at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). A Curlew, a Red-throated Diver, 2 Dunlin, 3 Gadwall, 9 Sandwich Terns, 10 Teal, 24 Wigeon, 26 Brent Geese and 38 Common Scoter flew past Princes Parade, also 150 Song Thrushes at Sene Valley (Brian Harper). An Eider off Princes Parade (Paul Howe).


Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Cheriton, where Blair's Shoulder-knot was new for the year (Brian Harper). A Palpita vitrealis, 2 Rusty-dot Pearls and 3 Delicates at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Painted Ladies flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


5th - 2 Wheatears and 6 Stonechats at Abbotscliffe (Chris Gillard). 400 Mediterranean Gulls on the golf course at Princes Parade (Brian Harper). A Rock Pipit flew west at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Cheriton and a Pale-lemon Sallow at Hythe, whilst Yellow-line Quaker and Dark Chestnut at Heane Wood were new for the year (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Delicate and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Grey Seal off Hythe (Glenn Tutton).

Blair's Mocha at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Scarce Bordered Straw at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Merveille du Jour at Bargrove Wood (Ian Roberts)

Green-brindled Crescent at Bargrove Wood (Ian Roberts)

4th - A Jay flew in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Another Convolvulus Hawk-moth at Seabrook (the sixth of the year at this site), where the Sallow was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Blair's Mocha and a Rush Veneer at Hythe. Merveille du Jour and Green-brindled Crescent at Bargrove Wood were new for the year (Ian Roberts).


3rd - 2 Goldcrests, 5 Blackcaps, 8 Stonechats and 50 Chiffchaffs at Abbotscliffe, were a Grey Wagtail and 3 Reed Buntings flew west (Mark Varley / Ian Roberts). 13 Blackcaps and 52 Chiffchaffs at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). 2 Greylag Geese, 5 Brent Geese and 51 Chaffinches flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Black Redstart at Mill Point (Brian Harper). A Turnstone at Hythe (Glenn Tutton). 2 Redwings flew over Hythe this evening (Ian Roberts).


A Convolvulus Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


2nd - A Great Spotted Woodpecker and the first Redwing of the autumn arrived in off the sea at Capel-le-Ferne, where 100+ House Martins flew west (Dale Gibson). 2 Redwings at Creteway Down and 10 Brent Geese flew past Mill Point (Brian Harper). 2 Brent Geese flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe) and 7 Shelduck flew east at Hythe (Glenn Tutton).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Scarce Bordered Straws, 2 Delicates and 3 Rush Veneers at Hythe (Ian Roberts), where a Large Ranunculus was new for the year (Sean Clancy). A Cydalima perspectalis (Box Tree Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


1st - A Green Sandpiper and a Yellow Wagtail at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). 229 Swallows flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Siskins at Shorncliffe Cemetery and 16 Brent Geese flew past Sandgate (Brian Harper).


A Golden Twin-spot, a Pearly Underwing, a Rusty-dot Pearl and 2 Hummingbird Hawk-moths at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Scarce Bordered Straw (the fifth of the month) at Hythe (Sean Clancy). A Convolvulus Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


January to September 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).