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Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 22nd October

The 2021 area bird list is 205 species (194 at the same time last year)

22nd - A Brambling, 3 Ring Ouzels, 4 Golden Plovers, 4 Jays and 4 Siskins flew west at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


21st - The Rose-coloured Starling was again in a garden off Palmbeach Avenue, Palmarsh (Linda Bailey). 5 Corn Buntings and 7 Tree Sparrows at Donkey Street. A Green Sandpiper at Botolph's Bridge. A Little Egret at West Hythe. 10 Sandwich Terns at the Dymchurch Redoubt (Ian Roberts).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Delicates at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


20th - An Oak Rustic, a Palpita vitrealis and 4 Delicates at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Delicates and 4 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


19th - The Rose-coloured Starling was again in a private garden in the Palmarsh Avenue area (Linda Bailey). A Hobby and 2 Grey Wagtails at West Hythe (Dylan Wrathall).


A Radford's Flame Shoulder and 6 Delicates at Seabrook, where Red-line Quaker was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Pearly Underwing and 2 Gems at Saltwood (Sean Clancy).


18th - 2 Arctic Skuas, 4 Little Gulls and 4 Sandwich Terns flew east past Mill Point (Ian Roberts). The Rose-coloured Starling is still in the Palmarsh Avenue area, having been seen in a private garden on the 15th and 17th (Linda Bailey).


2 Delicates at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


17th - A drake Velvet Scoter, a Sandwich Tern, 3 Arctic Skuas, 5 Red-throated Divers, 7 Razorbills, 31 Kittiwakes and 450 Gannets flew past Mill Point (Ian Roberts). A Brent Goose, 5 Razorbills and 10 Guillemots off Folkestone Pier and a Redshank in Folkestone Harbour (Elliot Ranford). A Shag, a Little Egret and 2 Red-throated Divers at Samphire Hoe, where 208 Gannets flew past (Mark Kennett).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


16th - 5 Jays flew west at Abbotscliffe and c.1,000 Starlings arrived in off the sea (Ian Roberts).


2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Grey Seal off Hythe (Glenn Tutton).


15th - A Black Redstart and 2 Redwings at Abbotscliffe, where a Jay, a Siskin and a Reed Bunting flew over (Ian Roberts). 5 Razorbills and 5 Red-throated Divers off Seabrook, where 5 Swallows flew east (Paul Howe).


A Radford's Flame Shoulder, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Rusty-dot Pearls and 3 Delicates at Seabrook, also the first adult Feathered Thorn of the year there (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl and 3 Delicates at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


14th - A Shag, 2 Red-throated Divers, 31 Guillemots and 45 Razorbills off Princes Parade (Ian Roberts). 14 Turnstones at Hythe (Glenn Tutton).


A Caloptilia honoratella (Pale Maple Slender) and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Gem, a Delicate and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

13th - A juvenile Sabine's Gull spent about 40 minutes feeding off Battery Point from c.10:50 before drifting off west, also a Razorbill and 2 Rock Pipits there, and 14 Skylarks arrived in off the sea. A Lapwing, 2 Bramblings and 2 Reed Buntings at Abbotscliffe, where a Fieldfare, 2 Jays, 8 Siskins, 15 Swallows and 375 Goldfinches flew east. A Wheatear at Folkestone Beach. 4 Razorbills off Mill Point. 10 Brent Geese off Copt Point (Ian Roberts). A Grey Phalarope was reported off Princes Parade (per RBA).


A Radford's Flame Shoulder, a Four-spotted Footman and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Gem, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


12th - A Snipe, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 10 Chiffchaffs at Abbotscliffe. 3 Corn Buntings and 10 Tree Sparrows at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts). c.100 Redwings flew east over Cheriton (Neil Frampton). A Red-throated Diver off Battery Point (Chris Gillard). 2 Shags and 3 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith).


A Radford's Flame Shoulder, a Delicate and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe). Large Ranunculus at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


11th - A Brambling and 2 Reed Buntings at Abbotscliffe, where 2 Redpolls flew east (Ian Roberts). 7 Ravens flew east over Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Delicate and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook, where Red-green Carpet was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Delicate and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


10th - The Rose-coloured Starling again at Palmarsh Avenue (Eve Fleming). A flock of 16 Ravens flew east over Hythe (Glenn Tutton) and then over Horn Street (Chris Philpott). A Firecrest at Sandgate. A Redwing, 11 Chiffchaffs and 19 Blackaps at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts). A Red-throated Diver and a Buzzard flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Rusty-dot Pearl, 3 Radford's Flame Shoulders and 4 Delicates at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 4 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


9th - A Lesser Whitethroat, a Snipe and 3 Lapwings at Abbotscliffe, where 5 Jays flew west (Paul Edmondson / Ian Roberts).


A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Radford's Flame Shoulders, 3 Delicates and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Gem, 2 Rush Veneers and 7 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe, where Green-brindled Crescent was new for the year (Ian Roberts). 4 Clouded Yellows at Cherry Garden Hill (Tony Poole).


8th - A Wood Lark at Abbotscliffe, in the stubble field to the east of the underpass (Mark Kennett). An adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Ring Ouzel, a Wheatear, 2 Shags and 4 Red-throated Divers at Samphire Hoe, where a flock of c.1,000 Starlings arrived in off the sea (Geoff Burton / Ian Roberts). A Hobby at Hythe (Phil Sharp).


A Golden Twin-spot, 2 Radford's Flame Shoulders, 2 Rush Veneers and 7 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe, where Blair's Shoulder-knot was new for the year (Ian Roberts). 4 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 4 Delicates and 10 Rusty-dot Pearls and Samphire Hoe (Tony Rouse). A Palpita vitrealis and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Cheriton, where Merveille du Jour, Barred Sallow and the Mallow were new for the year (Brian Harper). A Delicate, a Rusty-dot Pearl and 3 Palpita vitrealis at Seabrook, where Barred Sallow and Yellow-line Quaker were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Hummingbird Hawk-moth in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson). A Clouded Yellow at Samphire Hoe (Geoff Burton).

7th - A Wood Lark and a Hobby flew west and 8 Brent Geese flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Ring Ouzel and 14 Chiffchaffs at Abbotscliffe, where 2 Siskins, 12 Reed Buntings and 500 Starlings flew over (Ian Roberts). 2 Ring Ouzels flew west along the cliff at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


2 Rush Veneers and 10 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


6th - A Swift, 5 Sand Martins and 247 House Martins flew west and 11 Canada Geese and 21 Greylag Geese flew south at the Aldergate Bridge, also 5 Chiffchaffs there (Dylan Wrathall). A Corn Bunting, 12 Tree Sparrows, 12 Teal and 120 Linnets at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts). A Merlin, 5 Jays, 51 Meadow Pipits and 60 Swallows at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Goldcrest at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 4 Grey Herons flew west over the Enbrook Valley (Chris Gillard).


A Radford's Flame Shoulder at Saltwood (Sean Clancy). 11 Red Admirals at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


5th - An Arctic Skua flew west past Princes Parade (Ian Roberts).


3rd - 3 Black Redstarts, 5 Chiffchaffs and 6 Blackcaps at Samphire Hoe, also an Arctic Skua and a Red-throated Diver offshore (Ian Roberts).


2nd - A Sooty Shearwater, a Balearic Shearwater, a Manx Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 3 Red-throated Divers and 900 Gannets flew west past Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts / Paul Holt / Martin Collins / Mark Kennett / Steve Cutt / Barry Woolhouse).


A September Thorn at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


1st - The adult Rose-coloured Starling is still in the Palmarsh recreation ground area (Peter Eerdmans). A juvenile Long-tailed Skua5 Leach's Petrels and 12 Arctic Skuas flew west past Mill Point (Ian Roberts / Julian Russell). A Hobby and 2 Peregrines at the Aldergate Bridge (Dylan Wrathall).

January to September 2021 sightings have been archived - click on the links for the review of bird sightings or moth, butterfly and other sightings in 2021 to date.


For the reviews of sightings in 2020 and earlier years click on: Annual Reports

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