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Spring migrants

After an abysmal seawatch from Rock-a-Nore  yesterday morning- nothing at all in 45 minutes- I returned to our Fairlight garden to find a pair of Siskins on our niger feeder. Siskins did not visit the garden at all during the winter, but turned up a few days ago and can be frequently heard passing over our area .

Later I visited the PettLevel Preservation Trust land and had my first Lesser Whitethroat of the year rattling in a blackthorn bush.

Today, after inspecting an empty garden moth trap-too cold and clear- I set off to walk to Hastings through the Country Park NR. A lovely calm and sunny morning and I expected to see a lot of Whitethroats,  but counted only 6 in the course of my walk. There were a few unusual migrants though; a Tree Pipit flew over Firehills, 5 Yellow Wagtails were scattered around , and, unexpectedly, a Hawfinch flew over the Barley Lane fields. Just one Swallow though. A few Siskins could be heard high overhead, and 150 Wood Pigeons flew east along the cliffs.

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