Hastings autumn bird migration 2011

Sunday 11th September
SW f5 fresh breeze. White cloud clearing to sunny intervals, good.

Rock-a-Nore 0655-0755 AP
18 Swallow W low over the sea close inshore.
No feeding Terns, just 3 Gannets.
A number of Herring Gulls were taking advantage of the mussel stranding, dropping them on the shingle to break them and devouring the contents. Fortunately they don’t drop them on car roofs !

Promenade 08.10 – 11.30 AG
Quite frustrating as I propped myself up in one of the sheltered recesses below the prom soon after 8 this morning – a wader with white underparts, pointed-tipped wings veered and fluttered in the trough of a wave – not too far off and looking like possibly a Grey phalarope – but by shifting my position slightly I lost it! Then an hour later, walking along the prom – a wader east just offshore looked good for Purple Sandpiper – but again, not 100% sure!
Despite continuing until 11.30, just 22 Sandwich terns and 29 Swallows west noted for the morning. A brief walk to White Rock.
White Rock 09.00
3 Wheatears, 2 Robins and a Common whitethroat noted.

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