Hastings Spring Bird Migration report 2012

Friday 4th May
Recording by:- AG, MG, SB

The weather this spring has often been very poor, not just locally but through much of southern Europe and this especially has had an adverse influence on many summer visitors. In the morning a good arrival of often tired migrants including numbers of Northern wheatears. Sedge warblers seem to be very scarce even now.

Bulverhythe to Pebsham from 10.30

20 Wheatears on the beach and around the chalets and boats – slightly more males than females. 12 Wheatears together at the playing fields.
3 Whinchats at Pebsham and another 2 on freshly mown Bulverhythe fields.
5 Willow warblers including an injured bird on St Leonards beach.
Chiffchaff – 1 on the beach.

Other migrants in addition to those already on territories included a Spotted flycatcher, a Common redstart, 20 or more Common whitethroats – mainly females, 1 Lesser whitethroat, 20 Swallows, several Swifts, a Sand martin and 4 Common sandpipers.

West Hill from 14.15
Whimbrel f11 e.
22 Wheatear, 15 Whitethroat, 7 Willow warbler, 1 Common redstart, 1 Black redstart, 2 Whinchat, 2 Swift, 1 Swallow

3 Common whitethroat, 1 Willow warbler,


One response to “Hastings Spring Bird Migration report 2012

  1. Excellent, as well as these small birds, yesterday [and the day before] were a treat for wader enthusiasts, with many birds in summer plumage, notably at Rye Harbour [see link to RX Wildlife] but also on sme flooded grassland at Pett Levels, where yesterday May 4 there were 7 Greenshanks, a fine Spotted Reshank, 10 smart Grey Plovers and over 100 Bar tailed Godwits.

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