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11:46PM

Hastings Bird Migration Survey - Autumn 2015

September 3rd

Firehills 0605-0705: Yellow Wagtail 25 in/W, Siskin 23E, Swallow 50 W, House Martin 110 W, Grey Wagtail 1 E.  Willow/Chiff 11
 At sea Sandwich Tern 63 W [feeding movement again], 6 Fulmar.  AP
East Hill HCP 0715-0830:  Swallow 8w, Siskin 6e. Whitethroat 24, Blackcap 9, Willow/Chiff 7 inc.  Chiffchaff 1. SB
Tilekiln/Covehurst/Barley Lane HCP 8.00
1 Wryneck at Covehurst flew up from coast path and then perched in Gorse, 3 Whinchats, 1 Redstart, 2 Spotted flycatchers, 31 Whitethroats, 3 Lesser whitethroats, 9 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 90 House martins and 160 Swallows.
1 Siskin and 1 N, Yellow wagtail 6 W 1 in.   AG
 
North's Seat 10.55
1 Whinchat, 1 Whitethroat and 2 Willow warblers.  AG
7:02AM

Beach Reserve

Good selection of birds around the Beach Reserve at day break, Flat Beach attracted 125 Sandwich Tern and 16 Black-tailed Godwit. Shore Ridges always good this time of year provided 150+ Yellow Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, 2 Common Redstart, 19 Grey Partridge, 9 Swift and a Merlin. Roosting Curlews are spread over several locations at the moment so hard to get too all sites before the dawn departure, but at least 280 birds were present today. Also of note four Kingfishers, 26 Little Egret, 6 Common Sandpipers and a Greenshank.

 

8:31PM

Hastings Bird Migration Survey - Autumn 2015

 

September 2nd

Started my preferred method of watching from one of the seats today, very enjoyable it was too:
 
Firehills 0615-0815: Siskin 76E, Tree Pipit 17 in [a record count for the migration watch], Meadow Pipit 2 in, Yellow Wagtail 18 in, Grey Wagtail 6 over, Swallow 328 E, House Martin 73E, Sand Martin 10 E,
Wheatear 1, Willow/Chiff 12 including 2 singing WW, Whitethroat 2.
At sea: 1 Sparrowhawk W low and a long way out, 86 Sandwich Terns W, 15 Gannet E.  AP
East Hill HCP 0745 - 0845: Swallow 88e, Pied Wagtail 1 over, Yellow Wagtail 4w. Willow/Chiff 19 inc. 1 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat 21 (around shrub at cliff edge), Blackcap 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Wheatear 1.  SB
Bulverhythe fields/Pebsham 8.45
1 Spotted flycatcher, 3 Whitethroats, 1 Lesser whitethroat, 4 Willow warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Reed warblers.
Siskin 2 E.  AG
 
Galley Hill 10.20 - 11.20
1 Whinchat, 4 Wheatears and 2 Whitethroats.
Swallow 460 E or NE, Sand martin 1 NE.  AG
West Hill 16.30: Wheatear 3. MG

5:44PM

Hastings Bird Migration Survey - Autumn 2015

September 1st

Fairlight-Place Farm 0600-0800: Yellow Wagtail 20W, Siskin 10E, House Martin 680E, Swallow 40E, Grey Wagtail 3 over, Tree Pipit 3 over
Whinchat 2, Wheatear 1, Spotted Flycatcher 2 Fairlight clifftop, Reed Warbler 2, Goldcrest 1,
Willow/Chiff 15, Whitethroat 5, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Blackcap 1.  AP
East Hill HCP 0730-0830: Swallow 182e, House Martin 166 feeding over and generally e. Spotted Flycatcher 4, Willow/chiff 12 inc. Chiffchaff 2, Wheatear 3, Common Whitethroat 3. Also of note Raven 1.  SB
North's Seat 8.15
1 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff and 7 Common whitethroats.AG
 
Barley Lane/HCP 9.05
9 Common whitethroats. AG
West Hill 16.00:  Wheatear1, Willow warbler 1, Whitethroat 1. MG
9:48PM

Hastings Bird Migration survey - Autumn 2015

August 31st


No notes taken early morning due to thick mist and rain, but many swallows and house martins seen feeding along the cliff edge during the afternoon.

West Hill 14.25:  Garden Warbler 1, Wheatear 1.   MG

East Hill HCP 15.30 - 17.00: Wheatear 3, Whitethroat 1, Willow/Chiff 2, Swallow 70e, House martin 100 feeding overhead and drifting east.   SB