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East Guldeford Levels

A light dusting of snow and still falling as I write this..

Yesterday, there was little happening at sea, so I went over to EGL to check out the Lapland Bunting situation-I've heard distant birds calling a couple of times recently. Yesterday was much better, almost immediately I got to the big stubble fields I heard multiple Lapland Bunting calls, they obligingly flew up and  I could see them for a change-three together.

Just one Corn Bunting though.

The Great White Egret was on Moneypenny Dimsel again, 136 Mute Swans was a record count for me


Turnstone Count

I was ready for another good auk movement past the Clifftop first thing yesterday, but this didn't happen. However there was evidently a concentration of fish close in below the house, which attracted a notable 33 Razorbills, 15 Guillemots, 10 Gannets and 10 Kittiwakes. 42 Red -throated Divers and an adult Mediterranean Gull headed west.

Later in the morning we carried out one of my occasional Turnstone Counts, walking through increasing rain from Rock-a-Nore to the De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. Good to see so many people doing a beach clean along Hastings seafront, and to count 145 Turnstones- a welcome return to form after some very low counts, and the highest since Oct 2015, when 182.


From the Clfftop

Seawatching over the last few days produced all the usual suspects, of greatest note being over 400 auks E by 0840 yesterday; 15 Kittiwakes were hanging around.

My 2018 moth list is stuck on one- a Twenty Plume that fluttered into the bedroom from elsewhere in the house and expired on the window ledge. I've put the trap out on a couple of milder nights, but to no avail.


Clifftop Birdwatch

When we lived in inland Fairlight, we always joined in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch [which was this weekend], recording nice things like Nuthatch and Blackcap on our feeders. But no feeders on the Clifftop this winter-it's just far too windy along this exposed coast, and very little visits them anyway.

The weather was rather nice yesterday so I spent 2 hours looking across our front garden to the sea, in this time recording no birds at all using the garden, though Robin, Song Thrush  Green Woodpecker and Dunnock were nearby. They don't count however , nor did the 89 Red-throated Divers, 215 auks, 15 Fulmars, 9 Gannets and 3 Common Scoters that went west during this time.

I think I will leave BGBW for others to do, and carry on seawatching !



Winter Ramble around Pett Level

Twenty one people turned out today for a rather muddy ramble round Pett Level lead by John Willsher. A good selection of bird on the levels included several hundred each of lapwing and curlew, with smaller numbers of golden plover, redshank, turnstonedunlin and a nice group of eight ruff which gave good views from the sea wall. There were also a few white-fronted goose among the large numbers of greylag and Canadas. On Pett Pools we found gadwallshoveler, pochard, teal and tufted duck, as well as a few wigeon, though most of these seemed to be sat on the sea, probably due to the attentions of at least two marsh harrier and a peregrine. Apart from the spooked wigeon there seemed to be very little offshore, though we did see two gannet quite close in,  while a tramp through the mud along the Royal Military Canal turned up buzzard, stonechat and great spotted woodpecker.