Turnstones and Seabirds

Since Sept 6 I’ve been taking regular walks from Rock-a-Nore to Bexhill to count Turnstones, and anything else of interest in those bits of our coast I don’t normally get to-not much yet, but it will improve.  The highest turnstone count remains the first, 280 on Sept 6, suggesting passage birds; since then the numbers have been between 208 [yesterday] and 225, except for a low count of 157 on Oct 28 when I probably missed some. Yesterday there were 58 between the fishing boats and the west end of St leonards, 72 off Bulverhythe, and 78 from Glyne Gap to Bexhill.

Other waders were limited to 16 Oystercatchers off Bulverhythe and a single Redshank at Glyne, but of interest were 2 Eiders off Bulverhythe, at the Amsterdam Wreck Site, both brown birds and so not the ones that flew west past Hastings a few days ago. Just one Great Crested Grebe there also.

There were 125 Great Black Backed Gulls around the fishing boats

Ive spent the last 3 early mornings seawatching off Rock-a-Nore as its been windy-extremely so this morning. The results were:

Nov 9: Brent Goose 13W, Common Scoter 3W, Kittiwake 1W, auk sp. 1W

Nov 10 Brent Goose 7E 6W, Marsh Harrier 1 E low over the sea, Red Breasted Merganser 1W, Common Scoter 1W, Red Throated Diver 2E, Gannet 4E, Wigeon 20 E, Lapwing 1W, 3 Great Crested Grebes on sea

Nov 11. Gale force SW and driving rain, very rough seas: Dunlin 34 W along the beach, group of 5 Red Breasted Mergansers W, Common Scoter 3W, Brent Goose 1W

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