Country Park and Turnstones

This morning I walked from Fairlight through the Country Park to Hastings. From first light there was a steady easterly  movement of high, invisible groups of calling Siskins-one lower flock contained 20 birds, with lesser numbers of Goldfinches and Redpolls. A guess would be 150 Siskins, 50 Goldfinches and 20 Redpolls. This movement dwindled after an hour or so. I was pleased to see that the long staying Dartford Warbler was still in exactly the same spot near Ecclesbourne Meadow, but otherwise there were just a couple of Redwings and a Fieldfare.

Yesterday I walked from Hastings to Bexhill doing my regular Turnstone count, there were 235, also 26 Oystercatchers and 4 Redshanks, the latter surprisingly included 3 on the shingle beach at Bexhill.

Additionally there were at least 80 Common Scoters and 1 Eider off Bulverhythe, and 105 Great Black Backs around the fishing boats, but no sign of the very late Swallow which was around Bexhill seafront on 23rd.


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