Seabirds and a Purple Sandpiper

Still a lot of auks about yesterday [February 1], between 0730 and o845 647 flew west off Rock-a-Nore ; a lot of them seemed to be Razorbills. 33 Red Throated Divers moved west, many of them getting up from the sea off the Country Park, also 22 Gannets and 9 Kittiwakes. 26 Great Crested Grebes were on the sea, and 5 Brent Geese flew east.

Later I walked along to Bexhill, counting 190 Turnstones. A high 27 of these were around the Stade, while I was counting these 70 Red Throated Divers flew west in large groups. Nearby a Chiffchaff was in the seafront gardens by Swan Lake-probably the one I saw there in December.

As I walked the sun disappeared and looking at the sea became easier. A few Divers and Gannets flew about, there were flocks of 80 Great Crested Grebes off St Leonards, and 50 off Bulverhythe, but I didnt see any auks. I was pleased to see a Purple Sandpier with Turnstones on a rock groyne just east of the Glyne Gap beach cafe, a lone Dunlin was there too, and an Eider offshore. At the west end of Bexhill I saw some distant black ducks on the sea which were probably the 8 Velvet Scoters seen by Cliff Dean the previous day, but rain began and the birds were obscured.

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