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May 2018

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Osprey in larch tree

April Bird Sightings around Eastbourne

Ring ouzels were seen on spring migration throughout the month at various sites, including five at the Long Man of Wilmington. Black redstarts (once known as the "Bombsite Bird") appeared at Rye Harbour, Hailsham and Seaford. There was a female pied flycatcher at Belle Tout mid-month, and two spotted flycatchers four days later near Arlington reservoir. Hawfinches were reported from Seaford and Battle, and mid-month the first grasshopper warbler and common redstart appeared.

Some unexpected sightings included two ring-necked parakeets, and a solitary little bunting, Alpine swift and wryneck; also on the 29th a hoopoe. Raptor sightings comprised two ospreys (pictured) and a black kite, while ducks included three male garganey, a long-tailed duck and a rare surf scoter. Black winged stilts are becoming a little more common and a pair visited Rye Harbour on the 8th.

Offshore sightings featured a black-necked grebe at Splash Point, followed by no less than 19 Manx shearwaters at the same location.

Ian Muldoon