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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Seaford Head, Cuckmere & Newhaven Heights 14/10/17

This week has been pretty grim in terms of birding and the birds on offer. Sussex in October is difficult at the best of times but when dominated by SW winds its very hard going and from my point of view its been the worst October I can remember.

Today I did Seaford Head and the Cuckmere including the Haven Brow loop and found nothing of any note, and even small numbers of the common migrants. Thankfully this evening along the cliffs between Peacehaven and Newhaven I found two Dartford Warblers, bringing some form of joy to the week. The rough field I regularly check here held one Dartford, and also 18 Corn Buntings a few days ago.

In the week I went out most days with Thursday being the brightest, but even the still morning conditions brought nothing better then a Merlin in the Cuckmere and a small westerly movement of Jays walking the same circuit as above. Anyway tomorrow could be ok with the wind changing to a SE overnight, and with stacks of Hawfinches moving in the inland counties and on Scilly, one would be very welcome tomorrow, as would anything with some form of rarity status.

This Dartford was more confiding then the individual below. Mid to late October is the best time to find migrant Dartfords. 
Dartford in the roug field, and due to the large size of the field, it remained very flighty. 
Fox along Peacehaven cliffs



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