Ephraim with new addition to life list, Black Woodpecker!
The woodpecker somewhere in there
Other birds of note included the usual Marsh Tits, Yellowhammers and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Much of the rest of the day was taken up with our car trip back home to Herts but birding from the car wasn't all as bad as expected. I saw at least 8 Buzzards, 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk and 6+ Lapwing from the car as we sped through miles and miles of French farmland. Also of note were 6 Roe Deer, 2 Brent Geese feeding in an arable field closer to the coast and 1 Hare.
We had an hour to spare before boarding the boat which we decided to spend on the beach at Calais. Conditions for birding were sever with very strong winds and sand being blown into our eyes. Still managed to find 3 Purple Sandpipers and 1 Ringed Plover among the numerous Turnstones and Sanderling. Also saw my first Common Tern of the year.
Herring Gulls at Calais
sunset over the beach