Rock-a-Nore seabirds and HALMS

One entry for the Hastings Autumn Landbird Migration Survey:

Torfield  07.20 – 08.00  Sharon Bigg
Meadow Pipit  13 w, 4 s, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 e, Swallow 3 s, 33 w, Goldfinch 3 w, 3 e, finch sp. 22e, 3 chiffchaff, 8 blue tit, 5 Robin

Wind, rain and fog ruled out migration  watching for me  today, so down to the harbour for an hour or so. Gannets were very much in evidence, with 50 actively feeding quite close inshore, unusual and a fine sight. Otherewise 2 Red Breasted Mergansers W, 1 Arctic Skua E , 1 Kittiwake E, a string of 20 Brent Geese W- the first I’ve seen this autumn, 6 Common Scoters and a Rock Pipit.

There was an unusual amount of flotsam close in, much of which seemed to be burnt wood, On return I discovered that this would have been from the arson attack on Hastings Pier- words appropriate to this website fail me.

One response to “Rock-a-Nore seabirds and HALMS

  1. Just wanted to say thanks for all the information and photos on these emails. I have tried bird watching but can’t tell a ringed plover from a turn stone, as I have learned from you, so have great admiration for you all.
    Agree entirely with your unspoken response to the arson attack on the pier. Unbelievable!

    Best wishes,


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