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Hastings Autumn Bird Migration Survey 2014

August 20th

NW f2-3 1/8ths clear, cloud increasing later

HCPNR via Barley Lane/East Hill   06.45 - 08.00   SB

House Martin 6E, Swallow 8W.  17 Willow Warblers, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Great spotted woodpeckers, 1 Hobby with prey

South Saxons 7.50 - 8.55   AG
2 Willow warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Common whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser whitethroat and 1 Reed warbler.
Bulverhythe fields - Pebsham marsh 9.00 - 10.30   AG
5 Willow warblers, 7 Common whitethroats, 2 Lesser whitethroats and 4 Reed warblers.
Yellow wagtail 3 W.

Fairlight Cliffs-Barley Lane through HCPNR 0820-1030:   AP
Willow Warbler 14, Whitethroat 7, Lesser Whitethroat 4, Reed Warbler 1 , Wheatear 6, Yellow Wagtail 19W + 2 with cows, Sand Martin 2, Swallow 25, House Martin 5.
A Little Egret flew E over Fairlight Place Farm at 0720. - (Andrew Blackman).
West Hill  08.30 - 09.35   SB
6 Wheatear (inc. 4 in off), 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow warblers, 1 Peregrine, 1 Hobby, 1 great spotted woodpecker.



Hastings Autumn Bird Migration Survey 2014


August 19th

WNW f3 early cloud clearing.

Fairlight cliffs-Place Farm through HCPNR: 06.30 - 08.00   AP  
Willow Warbler 12, Whitethroat 4, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Yellow Wagtail 3W, Tree Pipit 4W, Grey Wagtail 1W.
Galley Hill 6.50 - 7.50   AG
1 Hobby, 1 Snipe, 6 Wheatears, 1 Whinchat, 9 Robins, 2 Common whitethroats, 1 Blackcap and 3 Chiffchaffs.
Yellow wagtail 3 W.
Pebsham marsh - Bulverhythe fields 8.10 - 10.25   AG
2 Tree pipits, 11 Willow warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs, 10 Common whitethroats, 3 Lesser whitethroats and 6 Reed warblers. 
Yellow wagtail 1 NW.
North's Seat 13.35 - 14.50   AG
7 Common whitethroats, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow warbler and 4 Chiffchaffs.
Yellow wagtail 1 N.
West Hill  08.30 - 09.45    SB
Yellow Wagtail f9 N.  4 Willow warblers, 3 Wheatear, 1 Hobby, 1 Great spotted woodpecker in,  1 Blackcap, 1 Common Redstart, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 gannet of note.



The 2014 RX Bird Race 

A sponsored bird spotting event in the Rye Bay area on  Sunday 12th October 2014.  In support of  RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre & the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

See or hear as many bird species as you can in one day while visiting the amazing places and unique habitats of the RX area – from Hastings to Hythe. Followed by a social event at the Mallydams centre at the end of the day, with prizes awarded to winning teams, refreshments and a raffle to raise money for the two charities.

The event is open to teams of 2-5 participants.  Amateur, Professional and Absolute Beginner bird watchers are welcome.  A minimum team entry fee of £20 applies. Click here for more info and the registration form and then click here for a sponsorship form.

 A summary of last years event that raised over £700 can be found here.


Hastings Autumn Bird Migration Survey 2014

August 18th

WNW f4, clear then cloud increasing.

South Saxons 6.30 - 7.35   AG
3 Blackcaps, 1 Common whitethroat, 1 Lesser whitethroat, 1 Reed warbler, 2 Willow warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs and 7 Robins.
Pebsham marsh - Bulverhythe fields 8.15 - 9.25   AG
1 Blackcap, 1 Garden warbler, 7 Common whitethroats, 3 Lesser whitethroats, 2 Reed warblers, 7 Willow warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs and 1 Common redstart.

HCPNR/ Barley Lane/ East Hill  06.45 - 08.00   SB

13 Willow warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 4 Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroats.  Aslo of note 3 bullfinches and 2 ravens.


Moth trapping update

The recent cool nights and windy weather have caused a great reduction in moths in my Fairlight garden moth trap, and prevented trapping in the exposed site at Hastings Country Park NR. There were just 9 moths in the trap this morning, but here is a picture from  better days - Aug 5- which shows sexual and pattern variation in the handsome Black Arches moth, which I catch regularly in our garden.


On the left is a typical male,  the female on the right is larger and a different shape- as normal , but also has some of the cross bands fused into a much blacker pattern than usual- a not uncommon variation apparently, but I've not seen it before.