There has been a bit of a discussion about the Hastings town centre roost of pied wagtails on the wildhastings egroup. As my route home from the office at Aquila House takes me past the locations of our pied wagtail, turnstone and starling nocturnal roosts I have acquired quite a good understanding of the formation of these roosts over the years.

It gives quite a different perspective of the towns buildings and beach studying these birds, which have come from different areas around the globe, that have chosen Hastings to spend the winter.

The pied wagtails have probably come from breeding areas around Britain, maybe even as far north as Scotland. The pier roosting starlings probably breed on the near continent, maybe even Scandinavia, whereas the turnstones that roost on the beach near the pier or opposite Marine Court breed as far afield as Greenland.

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