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9:11AM

Rye Harbour

................this morning at the viewpoint, booming Bittern, 8 Bearded Tit (six high flyers), 3 Calling Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (one in song), Firecrest and a party of 10 Long-tailed Tits. On the Beach Reserve 150 Mediterranean Gulls, 35 Sandwich Terns, 3 Wheatear (Harbour Farm and Wader Pool), 38 Avocets, 52 Curlew and 105 Golden Plover. High water at Ternery Pool is the best time to catch the Sandwich Terns look amongst the roosting Oystercatchers near the Crittall Hide. Later at Ternery Pool a pair of Garganey was reported.

7:56AM

Seeing the Light: Moths

The Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve invite you to join local naturalist, Keith Palmer, for an illustrated talk: 'Seeing the Light: Moths'.

Date: Saturday 18th March 2017 @10.30am

Venue: All Saints Church Hall, All Saints Street, Old Town, Hastings, TN34 3BG

Cost: £4, or free to Friends of HCPNR

For further details contact: Jan Armour on 01424 715556, or visit the Friends' website: www.friendsofhastingscountrypark.org or Facebook page.

8:20PM

First butterflies

For me, anyway. Male Brimstones today at Playden and Knelle Wood (Beckley) and a Comma in Knelle Wood.

7:12AM

March doldrums !

 A seawatch from the Clifftop this morning was remarkable in that I saw no birds at all-no migrants heading east or divers etc going fishing.

However on Tuesday, Slow but Sure did our usual walk from Cliff End to Winchelsea Beach via Rye Harbour, when the highlight was  2 Wheatears, my 2nd earliest ever, at the harbour mouth. [March 1st 2000 North Kent being the earliest], also a lone Whitefront on Pett Level.  As usual we kept a tally of species and ended up with just 80, our lowest ever total I believe, notable absentees were Little Egret , Linnet and Great Spotted Woodpecker; Lapwings were represented by just 15 at Castle Water. Of interest was an apparent easterly movement of Starlings at height-about 500 in total.

7:03AM

Beach Reserve

.......this morning, Black Redstart, Sandwich Terns, Mediterranean and Black-headed Gulls, Avocets and a Chiffchaff. Yesterday afternoon at Castle Water, Bittern, 2 Firecrest and singing Chiffchaff. I'm sure we will be in for a cold snap before long, but at least things are moving!