Off Marina from 9.40 a small number of migrating birds noted before, despite an incoming tide, it soon became very quiet in a strong and gusty NNE wind. A female Marsh harrier struggling in low over the sea along with four Swallows. A Common sandpiper, 11 Dunlins, 3 Sanderlings, 2 Whimbrels and a Brent goose passing eastwards.

Red kites were seen at Telham and Battle yesterday.

Some pictures from Battle and Hastings in recent days. The tractor with hydraulic crane and log cradle is ideal for woodland coppice work, light enough to travel on the forest ways without rutting the ground.

The Longhorn beetle Rhagium bifasciatum perched on Bramble as I walked below Pines. It soon took flight.


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