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Turnstone Count

Inspired by the thirteen counted by the fishing boats the previous day, I carried out one of my occasional seafront Turnstone counts yesterday, reversing my normal route and walking from Bexhill to Hastings in order to arrive at the start of the Herring Fair. This walk takes about 2.5 hours.

Over the last couple of years I've recorded some very low counts, including a record low of 49 this February, so 104 this time was an improvement, though still fewer than there used to be. Most of them were between St Leonards and Rock-a-Nore [still 13], including a roost of 29 right by the pier which held a Purple Sandpiper-the first I know of in the area since April 2015. With typical Turnstone tameness thse birds ignored my fumbling camera battery change just above them, and bursts of loud applause greeting runners on the promenade.

Also of note on the walk was a flock of at least 150 Common Scoters put up by a speeding boat a long way off Bexhill.

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