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Hastings Autumn Migration Watch Oct 23rd

 Andrew Grace  East Hill 7.30 - 10.35
Passage fairly good earlier in the morning but becoming sporadic and fading away - with pressure falling and rain approaching from the southwest;-
Greenfinch 4 W, Linnet 221 W, 53 E, Goldfinch 126 W, 45 E, Chaffinch 44 W, 25 E, Brambling 21 W, Siskin 30 W, Reed bunting 21 W, Yellowhammer 4 W, Bullfinch 2 W, Skylark 13 W, Stock dove 7 W, Woodpigeon 72 W, Rook 1 W, Meadow pipit 253 W, Pied wagtail 6 W and Swallow 1 W.
4 Ring ousels, 1 Song thrush, 2 Chiffchaffs, 12 Robins and 3 Goldcrests.


White-winged Black Tern

The White-winged Black Tern is still performing well at the hide at Castle Water at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, having been there since 12th. It is a moulting adult and the photo above is a composite showing upper and lower views. Also from the hide today were good number of ducks including 3 Pintail, one of which was a drake in fine plumage, a Knot, a Golden Plover, 2 Little Stint, a Water Rail and a Weasel... plus a hide full of birdwatchers. When feeding the tern spends most of its time over the water to the south of the hide.


Hastings Autumn Migration Survey Oct 22

Much cooler today, light W after yesterday's storm


Firehills 0700-0810 AP: Westerly passage of -  Brambling 10, Linnet 25, Goldfinch 250, Siskin 10, Chaffinch 15, Greenfinch 4, Reed Bunting 9, Meadow Pipit 95, Pied Wagtail 13, Grey Wagtail 1, Nistle Thrush 2, House Martin f40, Swallow 4, Wood Pigeon 150, Stock Dove 44, Snipe 1.


North's Seat 7.30
Passage west of;- Reed bunting 5, Chaffinch 9, Goldfinch 12, Greenfinch 3, Woodpigeon 5 and House martin 8 N.
2 Song thrushes and a Goldcrest.
Barley Lane - East Hill 8.00 - 12.35
Song thrush 2 over and Mistle thrush 2 N and 2 W. A very good Westerly passage against a sharp breeze with the following identified;- Sparrowhawk 1, Woodpigeon 843, Stock dove 1032, Rook 8, Jackdaw 71, Carrion crow 2, Jay 10, Skylark 94, Bullfinch 4, Reed bunting 18, Yellowhammer 2, Goldfinch 370, Greenfinch 32, Linnet 315, Chaffinch 58, Brambling 2, Meadow pipit 110, Pied wagtail 8, Swallow 5 and House martin 17.
St Leonards
occasional observations during the afternoon of Stock dove 64 W and also a Marsh harrier that came in quite low off the sea and over St Leonards Gardens.


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.




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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