Hastings autumn bird migration 2011

Sunday 18th September
W, f2, clear 2/8ths increasing later,sunshine & showers, clearing.

It looked promising for passage this morning. A light breeze just north of west, chilly with a clearing sky after recent rain. But very few birds were recorded overhead. The weather conditions were superficially good, but air pressure had been falling overnight and a look at the synoptic chart later showed a Low pressure system centred over Scotland. It seems that rising or high air pressure overnight (preferably with a High pressure spur into the Continent) is one of the important influences encouraging a morning passage of birds here in the autumn. Andrew Grace

White Rock 6.10-7.50 AG
28 Robins, 6 Chiffchaffs and 2 Grey wagtails.
Birds passing west;- Yellow wagtail 1, Grey wagtail 4 and Meadow pipit 5.

North’s Seat 8.30-9.30 AG
8 Chiffchaffs, 1 Tree pipit, 15 Meadow pipits and 1 Common whitethroat.

Torfield 07.00 – 07.30 SB
No passage recorded.
Chiffchaff 11, Robin 2, Dunnock 2

West Hill 07.35 – 09.20 SB
House Martin 41w, Swallow 136w, Chaffinch 8w, Meadow Pipit 11w, Pied Wagtail 4w
Crow sp. f17w, f19w, Skylark 1 over.
Dunnock 1, Chiffchaff 9, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Robin 5, Wheatear 1, (Raven 2)

West Hill (The Beacon) 15.20 MG
Blackcap 2
Hastings Cemetery 15.35 – 15.50 MG
Chiffchaff f25 and a large mixed flock of chiffchaffs and tits with nuthatches. Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Goldfinch f35

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