I couldn't decide whether this noisy Kestrel was a youngster or a nagging female. It flew fine but looks bedraggled, and by the way the male was keeping close to it I'd assume it's a newcomer.
Futher along, a Ringed Plover flew up calling, leaving its mate sitting on a scrape in the sand. I kept away, but as there would have been plenty of walkers and dogs passing by it was no surprise that on my next visit the birds had gone.
The sand shows where the nest-scrape had been. As Ringed Plovers nest three or four times a year, they may be more sucessful elsewhere.
Sea Pea, a rare and declining plant only found on coastal shingle - The unusually extensive native range is explained by the ability of the seeds to remain viable while floating in the sea for up to 5 years, enabling the seeds to drift nearly worldwide. Germination occurs when the hard outer seed coat is abraded by waves on sand and gravel.
We could not resist another night-time trip to see/hear Nightjars and Woodcocks, this time to Clowes Wood north of Canterbury.
The wait for dusk was enlivened by a number of purring Turtle Doves, and other birds were singing their dusk chorus, including Blackbird, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Pheasant and Tawny Owl.
It was just light enough to enjoy a clump of orchids by the ditch at the side of the track. Various rude comments relating to David Bellamy were made.
As night fell and the birdsong faded, a Woodcock appeared, slowly flying a circuit around its territory.
Two Nightjars were seen flying together by the eagle-eyed Norman, and one took up stations in various trees to chur.