The Pier is an excellent place to watch for the passage of migrating birds. The spring migration begins in late February and gets going properly in March. Autumn bird migration can be seen in September to November. The passage of Brent geese in March and April can be striking: flocks can pass quite close to the pier, occasionally flying right overhead, as the birds navigate by following the coastline. Winter sees the appearance of seabirds on the Channel, with great crested grebes, common scoters, red-throated divers and gannets all regularly present. Rarer species on the sea around the Pier include red-necked and slavonian grebes, the great northern diver, the red-breasted merganser and the long-tailed duck.
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