With a nice sunny day in east Kent today and Matt Hindle alerting me to 3 Waxwings at Chambers Wall at Reculver this afternoon, I decided to make a dash after work to see if I could connect with these splendid birds. Matt had also found a skulking Barred Warbler near the railway crossing at Chambers Wall so this would also be a new bird if I could connect. As I crossed the railway line the 3 Waxwings (177) were immediately seen in the tree Matt had told me they would be in and with the sun just about still shining I made some efforts to get some photos. As most Waxwings do, they showed very well and allowed me to get some lovely views of them and considering the light I got some nice shots. If I was here an hour earlier no doubt the shots would have been brilliant!
With the Waxwings in the bag I turned around and looked in the area near the railway crossing where Matt had seen the Barred Warbler. I spent some time just scanning the bushes when suddenly I caught some movement. I raised my bins to see nothing there but felt that it at least might be the bird that I was looking for. There didn't seem to be any other bird life in the bush so I kept looking. A little movement again soon after and a bird was seen this time in the bins as it moved through the undergrowth. As it moved into a slightly easier area to see it stopped and at this point I could see it was a Barred Warbler (178), a new Reculver bird for me and my 235th species to be seen there. It was a bulky large greyish bird with a stout bill and long tail. It let me watch it for c20 seconds before it again skulked off. I made a call to Chidders who happened to be nearby at Shuart and soon after he joined me where he had a brief view of the bird moving through the vegetation. Other birds we noted included small groups of Redwing, 1 Water Rail calling, 2 Goldcrest and as we made our way back to the car in the fading light 1 Long eared Owl was seen. A great session with a new Reculver bird seen, some stunning Waxwings and a Long eared Owl all within the hour. That's great birding!