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10:32PM

Hastings Autumn Bird Migration Survey 2014

October 20th

W f3, variable cloud, good visibility

An exceptionally varied passage this morning, though no great numbers, all going W:
 
Firehills 0700-0900  AP:
Reed Bunting 39, Yellowhammer 4, Brambling 5, Siskin 15, Linnet 70, Goldfinch 115, Chaffinch 35, Bullfinch 8, Greenfinch 14, Tree Sparrow 22 [4 parties incl 2 in], House Sparrow 5, Redpoll 1 ,  Pied Wagtail 13, Meadow Pipit 80, Starling 48, Wood Pigeon 130, Stock Dove 100, Swallow 1, House Martin 2, Skylark 9, Mistle Thrush 1 [in]
Also  Ring Ouzel 4, Song Thrush 2, Chiffchaff 2, Stonechat 1.
Also a Yellow Browed Warbler near Cliff End (Cliff Dean)
White Rock 6.55 - 8.55 and 9.55 - 11.25   AG
Quiet at first but then a good passage with birds heading between W and SW;- Woodpigeon 348, Stock dove 154 and 11 E, Carrion crow 1, Jackdaw 16, Rook 3 and 1 E, Starling 39, Skylark 5, Linnet 74, Goldfinch 240, Greenfinch 14, Brambling 6, Chaffinch 35, Redpoll 1, Reed bunting 5, Yellowhammer 2, Meadow pipit 29, Pied wagtail 36 and 5 E, Swallow 10 and House martin 7.
14 Robins, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Song thrushes.
East Hill   07.20 - 08.30   SB
All passage in a generally westerly direction: Linnet 9, Goldfinch 205, Meadow Pipit 62, Starling 7, Wood pigeon 271, Stock Dove 42, Greenfinch 1, Siskin 8, Chaffinch 64, Rook 67, Pied wagtail 5. Chiffchaff 2. Also of note 1 Raven, 1 Sparrowhawk.

 

1:10PM

Longevity

What are the oldest living things in the RX area?  I have been pondering this question recently following a sudden realisation that something in my house is much older than it looks.  Back in 1972 I bought a Scarborough Lily Cyrtranthus elatus at a school fayre.  It was a small specimen and the plant has stayed in my family ever since.  It spreads by producing small bulblets, and as there is no sexual reproduction invoved these are all the same organism, much pruned in our case by detaching the bulblets to stop them choking the pot.  Which makes the organism at least 42 years old, not bad for an Amaryllis type plant.

I then checked into the history of the species and found that it

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12:31PM

Wildflowers of Kent

REMINDER:  Iden and District Natural History Society talk this Friday, 24th October at 7.30, Iden Village Hall, is entitled "Wildflowers of Kent" by Sue Buckingham. Hope to see you there.

Click here for more details.

7:34PM

Hastings Autumn bird Migration Survey 2014

October 19th

SSW f 4-5 heavy showers at first,  clearing later

3 Ring Ouzels at Firehills before dawn, then rained out . 25 Goldfinches W by 0745 walking back through Fairlight.  AP
East Hill   08.30 - 09.30   SB
Linnet 12 E, Greenfinch 3 W, Goldfinch 10 E.  11 Chiffchaffs, 3 Stonechats, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Goldcrests and 1 sparrowhawk of note.
White Rock 9.55 - 10.55
Meadow pipit 4 W, Pied wagtail 3 W, Linnet 12 W, Greenfinch 1 W, Goldfinch 6 E and Swallow 5 S.
11 Robins and 1 Goldcrest.
 
6:55PM

Hastings Autumn Bird Migration Survey 2014

October 18th

S f5 decreasing later, variable cloud, warm

East Hill  07.20 - 08.30  SB

Goldfinch 95 W & 48 E, Linnet 16 W, Chaffinch 1 E, Swallow 10 E, Pied Wagtail 1 W.  8 Meadow Pipits, 4 Chiffchaffs.  Also of note 5 Jays and 2 Sparrowhawks

North's Seat 7.45  AG
4 Chiffchaffs.
 
Barley Lane to East Hill 8.00 - 9.55   AG
Rook 7 S, Ring ousel f6 S, Skylark 2 singles over, Linnet 180 W or S and 200 in a field, Goldfinch 22 E or S, Song thrush 3 over, Pied wagtail 2 S, Grey wagtail 1 S, Swallow 24 W or S.
7 Goldcrests, 11 Chiffchaffs and 3 Stonechats.
 
Marina 10.30  AG
Grey wagtail 2 flew strongly S out to sea.
 
Marina allotments 11.10  AG
A Yellow-browed warbler calling loudly and frequently from a hedgerow Sycamore came down into a small Ivy-clad and almost bare Elder and was seen well. It was joined for a time by a Chiffchaff.