Hastings autumn bird migration 2011

Sunday 16th October
NNE to NW, SW later. Clear 1/8ths increasing, Moderate to good.
Recording by: AP, CD, AG, SB, MG

Firehills/Warren Glen 0700-0900
Redpoll 379 E [incl flock of 120. AP: this is a record count and complements the high counts at Cliff End earlier this week. I think its the most Redpolls I’ve seen in one day ever], Goldfinch 245 E, Siskin 140 E, Chaffinch 50, Brambling 1E, Reed Bunting 4 over high, Meadow Pipit 25 E, Pied Wagtail 70 E, Linnet 10 E, Bullfinch 3 up from Firehills and W, Skylark 8E 7W, Swallow 45, House Martin 5.
15 Goldcrest Firehills-an influx, 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Song Thrushes.
1 Short Eared Owl being mobbed in bushes below coastguards, flew off E.

Fairlight 10.00 small flock Crossbills heard.

Of note yesterday: passage of finches continued for much of the day and on a broad front inland.
An unusual record was a Rock Pipit circling low over a small ploughed field in Fairlight just inland of Battery Hill.

White Rock 7.05-8.00
Pied wagtail 18, Redpoll 2, Siskin 5 and Reed bunting 1 E.
13 Robins, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Mistle thrushes, 1 Goldcrest.

Also St Leonards prom at dawn – a Wren flew inland from the direction of the beach! Blackbirds calling in several places.

Torfield 07.30 – 08.10
Chaffinch 3E, Grey Wagtail 2W, Linnet 5E, Redpoll 3E.
6 Goldcrests, 6 Chiffchaffs, 15 Robins. Also of note 9 Wrens. Unusually high number calling, with 4 noted high up in trees.

West Hill 08.10 – 09.45
Pied Wagtail 33E 11 in, Goldfinch 370E, Brent 5W 6E, Meadow Pipit 17E 5 in, Redpoll 4E, Chaffinch 7E, Cormorant 1E (high), Skylark 1E, Siskin 4E, Starling 2E, Swallow 1E, Brambling 1E, Song Thrush 2 in off, Grey Heron 1E over sea, 1 Ring Ouzel, 7 Chiffchaffs, 8 Robins, 1 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Wrens (inc, 2 on rock/cliff edge)
Some passage missed and heard only.

West Hill 14.30
Swallow 8W, 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap

North’s Seat 15.00
1 Common Buzzard, 2 Goldcrest.

HCP Coastguards 15.30 – 16.30
8 Meadow Pipit, 15 Linnet, 1 Wheatear, (also noted: 1 Peregrine,
1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk)


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