Hastings Country Park LNR

26th September 2007, Wednesday

Tuesday September 25th

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The westerly stream of thousands of hirundines and a few hundred Meadow Pipits now contains small flocks of Linnets, with regular Chaffinches and Siskins. I could also hear single Tree Pipit and Lesser Redpoll. The best place to see/hear these is the field opposite the car park, where they are passing over very low, and on the lip of the cliff below the Coastguard Station and at Lovers’ Seat. At the latter location, I enjoyed watching a Sparrowhawk soaring around the cliff-face, to the annoyance of the resident Jackdaws.

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The other busy spot was the upper half of Brakey Banks, which is the western side of Warren Glen. The valley, sheltered from the cool westerly wind, was still, very warm, and full of little birds, all of which could be seen at close range from the bench there. Feeding among the blackberries and sloes were Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits, Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests, while both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were in the trees close by.

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