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Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning included 2 Arctic Skua, 6 Pintail, 110 Curlew, 2 Kingfisher, Hobby, Peregrine and at least 250 Meadow Pipits passed over Flat Beach.



Dungeness day out

I had thought thaty 2014 would be the first year I failed to see a Turtle Dove in the UK [I've heard a couple], but yesterday  we saw  one perched obligingly on the wires at the ARC pit. As if to bring home  the perils of migration, examination of the photos showed a few spots of blood on its feathers.

As usual the ARC pit was full of birds, including the regular Glossy Ibis and 2 Black-necked Grebes, but rising water levels have reduced the wader habitat and we saw just 2 Snipe. Elsewhere on the reserve were 2 Great White Egrets, just one Common Sandpiper on Burrowes Pit-very little mud in front of Firth Hide. In a sunny part of the trail we saw a Clouded Yellow, and then came across a mating pair flying clumsily and then posing well on the ground. There were no Terns at the patch, but a few Sandwich and Common Terns off the fishing boats attracted an Arctic Skua.





Hastings Autumn Bird Migration Survey 2014

September 17th

NE f4 occ 5, early mist clearing later

St Leonards 6.05  AG
A Lapwing flew in off the sea.
Galley Hill 6.40 - 8.15  AG
Kestrel 2 W, Dunnock 2 over and passage East of;- Meadow pipit 602, Pied wagtail 7, Grey wagtail 5, Yellow wagtail 4, Swallow 50 and House martin 40.
18 Robins and 6 Chiffchaffs.
Pebsham marsh - Bulverhythe fields 8.25 - 11.00  AG
Passage East of;- Meadow pipit 150, Pied wagtail 1, Grey wagtail 2, Yellow wagtail 5, Swallow 222, House martin 13 and Chaffinch 2.
1 Whinchat and 14 Chiffchaffs.

East Hill  07.00 - 08.30  SB

Passage east of:- Meadow Pipit 673, Swallow 72, House Martin 34, Pied Wagtail 3, Grey Wagtail 1, Chaffinch 1.  6 Chiffchaffs. Also a sparrowhawk hunting.


Hastings Autumn Bird Migration Survey 2014

September 16th

ENE f3 early mist clearing to 1/8ths, warm

East Hill 6.30 - 8.30  AG, SB

Passage East of Grey heron 1, Meadow pipit 766, Swallow 856, Sand martin 14, House martin 350, Yellow wagtail 7, Grey wagtail 9, Pied wagtail 5,Reed bunting 3 and Linnet 1. 1 Yellowhammer, 9 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap. Also a male sparrowhawk hunting in, and along the cliff edge.
St Leonards 11.00  AG
Occasional notes of birds coming in;- Grey wagtail 1, Meadow pipit 5 and Swallow 8.

Firehills 0630-0755  AP
Meadow Pipit E 108, Yellow Wagtail E6, Grey Wagtail E 7, Tree Pipit E 2, Pied Wagtail E 3, Chaffinch E 35, Swallow E 110, House Martin E 22, Reed Bunting 2,
 Chiffchaff 2, Song Thrush 1.
At sea 3 Brent Geese E and landed.
West Hill  16.30 - 17.00  MG
Swallow 85 E. 7 Chiffchaffs and 9 Robins.  Also of note, a first for the hill, a male pheasant which flew to the west.



Beach Reserve

Wader highlights this morning included 350 Oystercatcher, 210 Golden Plover, 112 Curlew, 65 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, 2 Little Stint, 8 Knot. Several Kingfishers were again around the new saltmarsh area, two Firecrest in the bramble scrub near Parkes Hide were a nice treat and at least 300 Meadow Pipits were on the move around Harbour Farm. Also of note 18 Sandwich Tern and 4 Wheatear. Yesterday while improving viewing from the hide at Castle Water a Grey Wagtail, Water Rail, 40 House Martin and 2 Ruff were the pick of the bunch (but of course there was lots of disturbance).