Hi,my name is Alan Woodcock.I have been bird-watching in the area for nearly fifty years and (bird ringing)since 1980.I hope to keep up to date sightings of wildlife I have seen (mainly birds)with occasional diary entries of past times.
A great find Alan! As you say it must be the same bird. I wonder how long it has been around and how long it will stay.
Hi Phil,in the area there is a lot of land with short turf and sandy soils,good feeding habitat,but on private land,thats probably why its rarely seen.
Great find Alan, good to get a pic too :-)
Hi Alan.Just to let you know this Hoopoe has been in Birling as well. I've seen it on various dates from mid-Dec to early Jan but with no set pattern!Trevor
Hi Trevor,very interesting,thanks.
Hi Alan/TrevorCan you give any more details of rough area in Birling it's been seen? Bull Rd/Snodland Rd?CheersAdam
AdamI mostly saw it in Ryarsh Road which is where I live, on lawns and it flew down to the horse fields to the North of the road. It came in my garden three times, I haven't seen it in Birling since 5th Jan. Hope this helps
Thanks Alan/TrevorI visited the area this afternoon, and as you say plenty of habitats that are ideal for it. A couple of helpful residents confirmed it was still in the Sandy Lane area last week (Tue) so I'll keep looking!