ENE f3-4 decreasing later 1/8ths sunny good
HCPNR 08.00 AP
Today I led a guided walk for spring migrants around the Warren and Fairlight Glen parts of Hastings Country Park NR. As well as the breeding migrant warblers, notably lots of Whitethroats, we saw 7 Swallows and a House Martin heading E, a Wheatear in one of the Barley Lane fields, and heard a Tree Pipit . Hardly a major fall, but in fact better than usual for this very quiet spring. The group also had good views of Raven and a very smart and obliging singing male Yellowhammer.
Hastings Harbour 8.25 – 9.25 AG, MG
A fair movement noted of birds passing up-Channel;- Bar-tailed godwit 48, Whimbrel 13, Common/Arctic tern 3, Sandwich tern 21, Common gull 14, Kittiwake 1, Greater black-backed gull 1, Gannet 20, Pomarine Skua 3.
Also 11 Swallows coming in over the sea.
Marina and Prom 10.40 – 15.30
Birds identified passing up-Channel were;- Bar-tailed godwit 75, Whimbrel 16, Knot 5, Dunlin 4, Grey plover 6, Sandwich tern 562, Common Tern 10, Common/Arctic tern 8, Little tern 32, Black tern 1, Greater black-backed gull 3, Common gull 5, Kittiwake 4, Arctic skua 9 Gannet 3.
High Street 19.30
Common Swift 5 in