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Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - PAUL TRODD

Thin­ter­land be­tween Hast­ings and Pett, in­clud­ing Fairlight, have been in­cor­po­rated into a large 660-acre coun­try park that pro­vides an im­por­tant green lung for the bustling sea­side town to the west. Spec­tac­u­lar, crum­bling sea-cliffs of sand­stone and clay bands bor­der­ing the English Chan­nel make for a spec­tac­u­lar back drop to the walk, much of it scrub-clad, but also with sheer and rocky out­crops over­look­ing the sea. Early morn­ing vis­i­tors should scan for any over­head vis­i­ble mi­gra­tion, par­tic­u­larly if the wind is in the east, as birds move down the coast. The glens and the old quarry are favourite mi­grant traps for war­blers, fly­catch­ers and the like. Rap­tors should also be on the cards as the morn­ing warms up, with Buz­zard and Spar­rowhawk (right) the most nu­mer­ous, while Os­prey, Hen Har­rier and Red Kite are reg­u­larly recorded. It is a very un­der watched area and there is a good chance of find­ing an au­tumn rar­ity if vis­ited reg­u­larly.

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