Hastings Spring Bird Migration Survey

ESE or SE f3 to 4 overcast clearing later Very Good

Rock-a-Nore 0615-0745: AP
Gannet 9, Black headed Gull 5, Common Gull2, LBB Gull 2, Kittiwake 7,Red Throated Diver 1, Black Throated Diver 1, Diver sp. 1, Common Tern 16,Sandwich Tern 32, Whimbrel 5,Common Scoter 11, Shelduck 3; all E. Movement seemed to stop as a dark grey sky moved in from the W, though no rain.

I usually drive past various bold Herring Gulls scavenging in the road outside the fish shops, but a surprise this morning was a 3rd year Great Black Back waiting there, a first for me I think.

Town Centre 08.00 MG
Small falcon sp. in

West Hill 07.40 – 08.30 SB, (MG)
Common Swift 9, Swallow 1w, 2 in, Whitethroat 1.

Marina MG
Intermittant passage:- Brent Geese 6, Turnstone f7, Common/Arctic Tern f12, Common tern 61, Oystercatcher 2, Whimbrel 14 (inc. f11 over west hill) Litttle Tern 17, Sandwich Tern 24, also a f. mallard with tiny duckling on sea.

Hastings beach 10.00-10.20 AG
a handful of birds noted heading east ;- Sandwich tern 2 Oystercatcher 1 Common gull 2. Also a party of 8 Bar-tailed godwits left the beach and departed east.

Prom 12.35-13.40 AG
a light passage up-Channel;- 2 Single Arctic skuas 19 Sandwich terns 4 Common or Arctic terns 1 Common tern 3 Little terns 1 Bar-tailed godwit 7 Common gulls 4 Black-headed gulls 1 Mediterranean gull (in first-summer plumage) 3 Greater black-backed gulls

High Street 18.00 MG
Black-headed gull f7 over

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