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A one hour watch from dawn this morning produced a modest movement of Red Throated Divers: a dozen heading west and 4 east.
A group of grebes which appeared suddenly and then swam far out to see proved to be 3 Great Crested and a Slavonian Grebe; a Gannet and a couple of LBB Gulls moved west.
One afternoon this week I heard one Grey Wagtail singing from the roof of the cinema then saw another at Morrison’s. I regularly hear them on the rooftops of Hastings, Bexhill and Brighton and suspect they have become an unrecognized urban species in winter, largely frequenting the elevated zone, gutters standing in for streams. Cliff Dean
Another nice sunny, frosty walk through Hastings Country Park yesterday morning produced one good bird, a Firecrest in gorse at the top of Warren Glen. Unusual site for these-had it just arrived ?
Monday 10th December
St Leonards Marina 7.55-9.15
Red-throated diver 24 W 1 E, Great crested grebe 1 E 2 on sea, Gadwall f7 landed on sea, duck sp. total 50 W, Brent goose 1 W 2 E, Lesser black-backed gull 2 W, Common gull 1 W.
A nice walk along the seafront from the Stade to Bexhill in bright sunshine yesterday produced a total of 134 Turnstones, again well down on the 200 or so wintering 2 years ago. Nice to see the small group on the grass verge at the W end of St leonards, ignoring the traffic and passers by, I haven’t seen them for some time.
Other birds were a lone Dunlin at Glyne Gap-but no sign of any Purple Sandpipers; a Black Redstart popped up on one of the beach huts near the cafe.
Sunday 9th December
St Leonards Marina 10.20-11.30
Light but persistent passage with tide going out –
Gadwall – flock of 20 ducks passing W was partly or wholly of this species, Mallard – f 13 came in, Common scoter f5 coming in turned E, Velvet scoter 1 drake W, Red-throated diver 10 W 1 E, Guillemot 2 W, Razorbill f 3 W, Auk sp. 13 W 1 E, Great crested grebe 1 W, Lesser black-backed gull 4 W, Gannet 4 W.