Post by Andrew Grace:
‘On Sunday I was very pleased to see a pair of Ravens fly low NW over the West Hill. I would have possibly missed them but for the steady croaking call from one of the birds. What was extraordinary was at 11.30 two Ravens came in high over the EAST Hill and also passed NW flying over the townscape.
I suspect a link between feeding areas in the Weald and the prominence of the sea cliffs here. I had also seen a single Raven over Fairlight Glen the previous day. Ravens have a wide territorial familiarity and presumably birds are developing routines with increased familiarity with the landscapes of East Sussex.
There has been a good passage of Whinchats and Wheatears with migrants sometimes dropping in during the afternoons - for instance Reed warbler and redstart were among the lobster pots on the fishing beach noted by one observer. redstarts, Spotted flycatchers and Willow warblers have been noted in smaller numbers - two Whinchats were even flying about on the West Hill among the holiday crowds on Sunday afternoon.
Overhead bands of Swallows, sand martins and a small passage of Yellow wagtails.’