Hastings Autumn Bird Migration survey 2012

Monday 15th October
W or SW f2 or 3 increasing 4 to 6 later, variable cloud, good
Recording by: AG, MG, SB, AP

St Leonards Marina 7.30
f15 Carrion crows E

White Rock 8.00-10.00
Quite a few finches feeding and resting off-passage. Lots of Hawkbit, Groundsel, Chickweed and other plants on the areas of short lawn and attracting 60 Goldfinches, 10 Linnets and also 20 Pied wagtails busily foraging.
A fine Ring ousel came up from the Convent fields and flew towards the shelter of Summerfields Wood. In the Holm Oaks and shrubberies other birds included 2 Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, 12 Robins and 10 Blackbirds, 6 of which were feeding in two small Yew shrubs.
Visible passage overhead of smaller passerines was very slight with Linnet 10 and Meadow pipit 2 S. However there was a good Westerly movement of Great spotted woodpecker 4, Jackdaw 91, Rook 5, Woodpigeon 105, Stock dove 5, Starling 40, Song thrush 1 and Chaffinch 2.

Torfield 08.30 – 08.45
Siskin 4 E, Song Thrush 1 W. 2 Chiffchaffs. ( A notable reduction in chiffchaff numbers overnight)

West Hill 08.45 – 09.45
Kestrel 1 W, Jackdaw f42 W, Jay 1 W (high), Starling f40 in, Alba Wag 4 in, Meadow Pipit 8 E, Swallow 3 W, Blue tit 3 N, Goldfinch 180 E, Linnet 60 W.

Fairlight-Hastings through HCPNR 0710-0940:
Wood Pigeon 17 W, Jackdaw 24 W, Rook 4W, Swallow 15, House Martin 5, Goldcrest 18, Chiffchaff 19, Dartford Warbler 3 Fairlight/Firehills, Ring Ouzel 5, Pied Wagtail 6E, Meadow Pipit 10, Reed Bunting 8W, Chaffinch 40, Brambling 1W, Redpoll 13 E, Siskin 32 E, Goldfinch 70 E, Linnet 10 E 18W

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