Following Andyâ€™s advice in his October 4th post, I can recommend a few other sites and approaches for seeing â€“ or at least hearing â€“ migrants at Hastings Country Park. Birds often pass very low over the track between the car park and the quarry, but there is liable to be some disturbance there. Better to go onto the cliff-edge beneath the radar mast or at Loverâ€™s Seat. In either place, coasting birds have dipped into the landslip and come up right past your head.
They often go past so quickly that you only get the briefest look, and often thatâ€™s against the light. Goldfinches and wagtails are easy to recognize in such conditions, but others can be confusing. However, most of these birds call persistently to keep in contact with the rest of the flock, and you can learn to pick out their distinctive notes.