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One afternoon this week I heard one Grey Wagtail singing from the roof of the cinema then saw another at Morrison’s. I regularly hear them on the rooftops of Hastings, Bexhill and Brighton and suspect they have become an unrecognized urban species in winter, largely frequenting the elevated zone, gutters standing in for streams. Cliff Dean
Monday 10th December
St Leonards Marina 7.55-9.15
Red-throated diver 24 W 1 E, Great crested grebe 1 E 2 on sea, Gadwall f7 landed on sea, duck sp. total 50 W, Brent goose 1 W 2 E, Lesser black-backed gull 2 W, Common gull 1 W.
Sunday 9th December
St Leonards Marina 10.20-11.30
Light but persistent passage with tide going out –
Gadwall – flock of 20 ducks passing W was partly or wholly of this species, Mallard – f 13 came in, Common scoter f5 coming in turned E, Velvet scoter 1 drake W, Red-throated diver 10 W 1 E, Guillemot 2 W, Razorbill f 3 W, Auk sp. 13 W 1 E, Great crested grebe 1 W, Lesser black-backed gull 4 W, Gannet 4 W.
Sunday 18th November
Recording by: MG
A tranquil and clear afternoon with some good sightings over the pools and reedsbeds including a female Marsh harrier, 2 Stonechats (m & f), 4 Meadow Pipits, Swallows 3 N, a Merlin, a Kestrel, water rail, 2 Snipe, a Barn Owl, a mixed flock of 15 Redwings and 5 Fieldfare and 8 Brent Geese. Also of note, a Pike and a late Common Darter
Sunday 18th November
NNW f1-2 good 1/8ths clear
Recording by AG
White Rock 7.10-8.20
Skylark 2 in, Chaffinch 5 over, Greenfinch 5 over, Yellowhammer 1 E, Pied wagtail 3 E, Meadow pipit 2 in, Redpoll 2 in 5 E, Siskin 4 E, Song thrush 4 over, Woodpigeon 20 W, Stock dove 16 W.
6 Blackbirds, 12 Robins.
South Saxons 11.00
Some species in winter territories or foraging noted;- 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 10 Robins, 3 Song thrushes, 6 Blackbirds, 1 Meadow pipit, 4 Goldfinches (perching on the heads of Wild Carrot in the meadow).
Friday 16th November
Recording by: AG
White Rock 7.20-8.20
Little egret 1 SW, Goldfinch 9 E, Siskin 11 E, Redpoll 5 E, Chaffinch 4 E, Skylark 2 N.
13 Robins, 2 Blackbirds.
Saturday 17th November
Interesting to note at Torfield that two chiffchaffs still remain with the lively flock of approx. 30, including great tits, blue tits and 15 long tailed tits.