Rye Harbour - 1030hrs - grey, misty, mild, light airs, drizzle - Dropped in at Rye this morning. Amazing how a slight change in the habitat (salt marsh and river estuary) on this side of the Marsh makes it a lot easier to see birds such as Redshanks, Ringed Plovers and Shelducks, plus Rock Pipits and Skylarks along the river. Besides all the usual shorebirds on Flat Beach a pair of Partridges (Grey, of course) was most welcome, as over Dunge way they`ve been very thin on the ground of late.
Typically, a bit like buses as the saying goes, had a covey of 4 in a field opposite Jury`s Gap on the way home.
Scotney - Stacks of Golden Plovers, Lapwings, Starlings, Wigeons and feral geese on the sodden fields, plus several Redshanks, Curlews and a Ruff.
ARC - 1500hrs - From Hanson 22, newly arrived Bewick`s Swans (2 juvs) on the water, with 55 Mutes. Also, singles of GWEgret, Smew, Kingfisher, 12 Goldeneyes and all the usual dabblers. Around the car park, 15 Tree Sparrows in the bushes in the bramble patch, plus 8 Long-tailed Tits and a Goldcrest.