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From the Clifftop

Bird migration is following a familiar pattern-quite a lot of Yellow Wagtails, odd Grey Wagtails and regular Tree Pipits passing overhead, a few Spotted Flycatchers and Redstarts at the top of Warren Glen, which remains the best place to look early in the morning.

Tree Pipits in Hastings Country Park NR are invariably fly-overs, revealed by their buzzing calls, and it was a rare experience to be able to photograph this one at close range near Coastguards. It was also instructive to work through the ID features in the Collins Guide and compare them with this photo-I was especially pleased with the short curved hind claws shown here-Meadow Pipits' are much longer and straighter.

With hot days and warm nights the moth trap has been quite busy: this morning I found a hefty Convolvulus Hawk-a migrant-inside, a Feathered Gothic was my 350th species this year


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