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Rye Harbour

Highlights this morning have included 63 Brent Geese and 14 Little Gull on Flat Beach, Merlin and 3 Greenshank at Ternery Pool. At Castle Water the White-winged Black Tern is still present and was again on view out from the hide, in addition a Firecrest was in the bramble scrub at the entrance to the hide, a Bittern gave flight views at the viewpoint, 4 Pintail and 2 Green Sandpiper were also of note.


Hastings Autumn Bird Migration Survey 2014

October 28th

S or SW f4 good.

White Rock 6.20 - 7.30  AG

Greenfinch 7 W, Goldfinch 125 S or W, Linnet 36 W, Woodpigeon 182 SW, Swallow 2 and Merlin 1 W.14 Robins. also noted;- Peregrine 1 pair east, the male carrying Starling prey. (The Pier is still being used as a roost by Starlings, despite removal of the superstructure. C. 1000 Starlings departed the roost this morning,and as usual about 10 minutes before sunrise).

Firehills 0620-0750: AP
Goldfinch 335 Linnet 100, Siskin 2,  Brambling 1, Reed Bunting 2, Meadow Pipit 7, Rock Pipit 2, Skylark 1, Wood Pigeon 6; all W.  1 Goldcrest.

Rye Harbour Landscaping

The excavator working out on the Flat Beach (between the Denny and Gooders hides) is creating new islands to improve the success of nesting birds such as Little and Common Terns, Oystercatchers and Ringed Plovers. It will also provide more safe roosting places for wading birds such as Golden Plover and Lapwing.

The project has the support of Sussex Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency and Natural England, and is being funded by the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.


Hastings Autumn Bird Migration Survey 2014

October 27th

S f4-5, good

Firehills 0620-0740:AP
Goldfinch 155, Linnet 84, Meadow Pipit 7, Reed Bunting 1, House Martin 4, Wood Pigeon 140, Stock Dove 15- all W
Galley Hill - Bulverhythe beach 6.40 - 10.40  AG
Skylark 66 W or WNW - all flocks arriving over the sea from the East and on a bearing which would lead them to Pevensey Levels and the scarp slope of the South Downs. Rock pipit 3 W, Linnet 102 W or S, Goldfinch 123 W or S, Siskin 3 W, Greenfinch 7 W or S, Swallow 4 S, Reed bunting 3 W, Chaffinch 23 W or S, Pied wagtail 15 W or S, Meadow pipit 31 W or S, Starling 50 W, Curlew 1 W, Brent goose 14 W, Common gull 9 W, Black-headed gull 32 W, Merlin - a juvenile female seen three times hunting over the shore or sea.
9 Blackbirds and 8 Robins.
East Hill   06.45 - 08.00  SB
Goldfinch 188 W, Wood pigeon 84 W, Stock Dove 7 W, Brambling 2 W, Swallow 6 S, Linnet 62 W or S, Meadow Pipit 2 W, Pied Wagtail 1 W, Grey Wagtail 1 W.  7 Chiffchaffs.  Also a nice aerial display provided by a peregrine and 2 ravens. 

Castle Water

The White-winged Black Tern is still present at Castle Water and was roosting on the islands out from the hide, also of note 2 Little Stints, 350 Wigeon, 119 Shoveler and 3 Marsh Harrier.