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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Seaford Head, Kingston & Castle Hill LNR 30/10/16

Another long slog today where miles of walking produced very little to compensate the effort put in today, and this autumn. I started at Seaford Head and it felt very promising with hazy, but mild conditions and no wind. A few migrants were seen around the area with maybe the highlight being a Firecrest found by the coastguard cottages, though a Merlin over Hope Gap was great to see. I next resorted to twitching the Great Grey Shrike at Kingston and was pleased to have lovely views of the bird. Lastly I parked at Peacehaven and walked to Castle Hill LNR, Newhaven via Tideway School field and walked the many trails and back along the cliff edge without seeing anything of interest. News of an Izzy Shrike at Portland was a tad annoying as that was on my radar for the morning......maybe tomorrow.

Seaford Head totals:
Firecrest - 1
Black Redstart - 1
Lesser Redpoll - 2 in Hope Gap
Blackcap - 2
Chiffchaff - 1
Merlin - 1 N
Mistle Thrush - 2 E
Brambling - 2h
Reed Bunting - 1 W

 Merlin looking like a Taita Falcon as it cruised over
 Firecrest at the cottages

 Black Redstart by South Hill Barn

 Great Grey Shrike at Kingston
Looking back down at Kingston - a blooming steep walk to get to this spot mind you

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