Settling in for winter

On November 16th a Firecrest was very active in lower Alexandra Park, flycatching and foraging among the trees not far from the bandstand.

At Glyne Gap marsh and Filsham SR recorded a first Jack Snipe of the season and a small number of winter passage birds included Brambling, Redwing, Fieldfare and a newly arrived Little Grebe.

On November 17th a survey of the HCP fields showed that numbers of Skylarks (40) and Reed Buntings (10) are already in winter territories. A flock of a dozen Skylarks mobbed a passing Fox, circling above the animal and a high-pitched alarm call was heard as well as the communal chirruping. 5 Skylarks were also seen to come in over the cliffs and an unusual sighting was a Woodcock flying strongly along above one of the footpaths before diving down into Home Place Farm. The Woodcock is a regular autumn migrant in late October and November and further arrival can be recorded in mid-winter if there is snow. Also at Combe Haven SR recorded Brambling, Redpoll and 15 Goldfinches arriving while 3 Velvet Scoters made an appearance offshore as the Common Scoter flock established.

Today at Hastings Beach AP recorded a first Purple Sandpiper of the winter, roosting on shingle among Turnstones quite close to the pier.

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Late passage notes

Often overcast and mild. Light W.

Combe Haven CP (eastern side) 7-10 SR 1 Goosander and 1 Chiffchaff. Fieldfare 9 in, Red Kite 1 W, Starling 22 W and Brambling 1 NE.

West Hill am AG Starling 290 W. Meadow Pipit 1 E.

Late season passage notes

Winter has been drawing nearer, sometimes with cold northerly winds between milder spells.

November 9th

Combe Haven CP (eastern side) 7.30-10.30 SR 35 Blackbirds, 14 Song Thrushes, 1 Ring Ousel, 1 Redwing, 60 Chaffinches and 1 Chiffchaff. Marsh Harrier 1 female W, Brambling 2 SW and Fieldfare 1 on 30 N.

November 10th

Glyne Gap 7.30-8.30 SR Marsh Harrier 1 juvf SW. Water Pipit 1.

Hastings am AG Common Buzzard 1 NW.

November 11th

Combe haven CP (eastern side) 8-10 SR 10 Snipe, 1 Brent Goose and 1 Chiffchaff. Starling 75 W.

November 12th Nf4 6/8ths

West Hill 6.50 AG Starling 16 NW, Blackbird 2 N and Goldfinch 1 N.

November 13th

Galley Hill 7.30-9.30 SR Starling 55 N and Redpoll 2 N.

November 14th

Combe Haven CP (eastern side) am SR 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Redwings, 2 Bearded Tits, 8 Goldcrests, 3 Lapwings, 3 Wigeon and 6 Snipe. Skylark 1 N, Fieldfare 2 N and Starling 21 N.

West Hill am AG Starling passage W/NW or in of 19 flocks totalling 840. Chaffinch 2 in.

 

 

Hastings passage notes

November 7th

Pebsham am SR 1 Firecrest.

 

November 8th NNE f5 8/8ths rain clearing.

North’s Seat-Barley Lane 6.55 AG 19 Blackbirds, 3 Goldcrests. Redwing 4 N, Meadow Pipit 1 N, Starling 35 NW and Skylark 1 W.

Combe Haven CP (eastern side) 8-10 SR 1 Brent Goose, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 3 Fieldfares, 11 Goldcrests and Song Thrush 1 N.

Hastings autumn migration today

Light NW 1/8th after a clear cold night

Fairlight cliffs 6.30-8 AP 1 Dartford Warbler, 1 Coal Tit and 2 Siskins.

Woodpigeon 720 in/W, Brambling 13 W, Chaffinch 11 W, Starling 22 W, Meadow Pipit 24 W, Goldfinch 95 E, Redpoll 23 in, Pied Wagtail 4 in and Goldcrest 2 in.

Galley Hill 7.15-9.45 SR 1 Reed Bunting. Grey Heron 1 E, Redpoll 11 E, Linnet 13 E and Goldfinch 60 E.

St Leonards am AG Swallow 2 W.

Hastings autumn passage notes

Often quiet now, the migration season seems to have run through quickly despite the very warm autumn weather.

November 3rd 3/8ths NE f2

North’s Seat 7.25 AG 20 Blackbirds, 4 Song Thrushes, 22 Chaffinches and 8 Goldcrests. Starling 85 NW.

 

November 5th 1/8th NW f4

Fairlight cliffs 6.25-7.50 AP Woodpigeon 1180 W, Goldfinch 75 E 25 W, Chaffinch 7 E, Redpoll 16 W, Pied Wagtail 3 W 2 E, Skylark 1 in, Reed Bunting 2 in/E, Siskin 12 E and Redwing 1 in.

White Rock 7.25-8 AG Woodpigeon 1020 in and 150 E, Starling 5 W.

West Hill 8.15 AG Redpoll 2 in.

St Leonards am AG A pale Common Buzzard W mid morning, flying low above rooftops chased by gulls and crows, underparts white with dark ‘comma’ mark on carpal area of underwing. Uppertail white with irregular brown-black apical band.

Redpoll 3 in off sea.

Combe Haven CP (eastern side) 7.20-10 SR 3 Chiffchaffs, 14 Stonechats, 2 Lapwings, 7 Wigeon and 1 juv male Marsh Harrier. Woodpigeon 1800 SE, Starling 35 W and Redpoll 16 SW.

Hastings autumn passage notes

Very quiet on 1st with Goldfinch 40 E recorded at Fairlight and Galley Hill. AP SR.

November 2nd 1/8th N f2 warm sun after a cold start.

Combe Haven CP (Eastern Side) 7-10 SR 1 Chiffchaff and 8 Water Pipits. Great White Egret 1 E, Bearded Tit 4 E, Woodpigeon 64 NW and Starling 120 W.

Glyne Gap marsh 1-2 SR 5 Swallows, 3 Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest.

North’s Seat 7.25 AG 19 Blackbirds, 3 Goldcrests and 1 Redwing, Song Thrush 4 and 3 N, Starling 35 N, Meadow Pipit 2 W, Pied wagtail 1 W and Reed Bunting 1 W.

Barley Lane-Coastguards 8 AG 4 Goldcrests. Skylark 18 and 7 N, Redwing 3 N, Redpoll 6 N, Siskin 8 N, Starling 180 and 185 in/W, Yellowhammer 1 N, Bullfinch 1 N and Linnet 7 N.

Firehills am AP Woodpigeon f200 E.

Hastings autumn passage notes

Wf2 4/8ths. Becoming milder after a cold early part of the night.

Fairlight cliffs 6.20-7.20 AP 1 Brambling, 1 Fieldfare and 3 Song Thrushes.

Siskin 4 E, Redpoll 13 E, Goldfinch 20 E 28 W, Linnet 15 E 5 W, Goldcrest 2 in, Meadow Pipit 12 W and Woodpigeon 3 in.

Combe Haven CP (eastern side) 7-10 SR 5 Song Thrushes, 2 Redwings, 8 Stonechats, 5 Goldcrests and 6 Chiffchaffs.

Snipe 1 and 1 W, Green Sandpiper 1 W, Marsh Harrier 1 female W, Woodpigeon 42 W, Fieldfare 8 N, Siskin 12 NE, Brambling 3 NE, Redpoll 21 NE and Starling 135 W.

East Hill 7.50-9.40 AG 5 Blackbirds and 4 Goldcrests.

Starling 535 in/W, Hawfinch 2 N, Siskin 4 N, Goldfinch 44 E 8 W, Rock Pipit 1 W, Stock Dove 4 W, Chaffinch 12 in/E and 4 W and Greenfinch 2 E.

Glyne Gap marsh 1-2 SR 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests and a Snipe.

Hastings autumn passage notes

2/8ths cold Nf2

Fairlight cliffs 6.15-7.45 AP 2 Goldcrests, 1 Redwing and 2 Song Thrushes

Goldfinch 640 E, Redpoll 47 in/E, Chaffinch 29 E, Brambling 3 in, Linnet 35 E, Siskin 25 E, Meadow Pipit 12 E, Woodpigeon 25 in, Starling 1550 in inc. f1500, Long-tailed Tit 9 W, Reed Bunting 1 W, Rock Pipit 1 over and Pied Wagtail 3 W.

Galley Hill 7-10 SR 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Ring Ousel and a Goldcrest.

Coal Tit 1 in, Starling 230 in, Rock Pipit 1 E 2 W, Redpoll 72 E, Siskin 110 E, Goldfinch 219 E, Linnet 54 E and Meadow Pipit 23 E.

North’s Seat 6.50 AG 14 Blackbirds, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Skylarks, Redwing 2 and 8 N, Fieldfare 13 N, Reed Bunting 1 N, Chaffinch 10 N, Meadow Pipit 4 N and Stock Dove 5 W.

Barley Lane 7.35 AG 6 Blackbirds, Skylark 13 in, Starling 158 in/W, Chaffinch 19 N, Goldfinch 20 E, Stock Dove 26 NE, Redpoll 1 N, Rook 3 N, Song Thrush 1 N and Meadow Pipit 4 N.

East Hill 8.25-10.20 AG 8 Blackbirds and 4 Chiffchaffs.

Skylark 19 in, Fieldfare 2 in, Starling 16 in/W, Goldfinch 207 E 4 W, Chaffinch 10 in 4 E, Carrion Crow 4 W, Swallow 1 W, Redpoll 5 E, Rook 1 N, Meadow Pipit 1 N 2 E, Linnet 8 E 4 W, Siskin 3 E, Pied wagtail 2 in, Woodpigeon 15 in, Stock Dove 24 NE and Greenfinch 2 N 2 E.

Hastings migration notes today

8/8ths Nf5 bright spells developing.

Fairlight cliffs 6.30-7.30 AP 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrests. Goldfinch 100 E, Redpoll 14 W, Chaffinch 6 in, Woodpigeon 50 in, Redwing 2 in, Song Thrush 2 in, Starling 2 W and Bullfinch 2 over.

Combe Haven C P (Eastern side) 7-10 SR 5 Chiffchaffs, 14 Goldcrests, 8 Redwings, 4 Fieldfares, 13 Blackbirds, 6 Stonechats, 1 Swallow.

Hawfinch f4 E perching briefly in Sallows before continuing, Mistle Thrush 1 W, Meadow Pipit 35 and 13 W.

West St Leonards-Bulverhythe fields/beach am AG 4 Goldcrests. Rock Pipit 1 W, Grey Heron 1 E offshore, Goldfinch 73 E, Linnet 15 In, Starling 75 in.

Glyne Gap Marsh 8.30 AG 28 Redpolls and 1 Chiffchaff.

Galley Hill 8.45 AG f53 Brent Goose in Vee formation flew high S over Pebsham and went directly S out over sea. 10 Blackbirds, 4 Stonechats and 3 Chiffchaffs.