Rye Harbour - 0930hrs - cool, cloudy, sw 7 - Spent most of today at my favourite local site, Rye Harbour; the only problem, it was blowing a gale! However, we still managed to rack up plenty of waders and seabirds. At least 20 Avocets with 10 or more young noted, plus Oystercatchers, Lapwings, Redshanks, Ringed Plovers, 12 Dunlins, 2 LRPs, 35 Turnstones and singles of Grey and Golden Plovers, Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits. As for seabirds only two Med Gulls seen on Ternery Pool as they appear to have abandoned site for the season; which is probably good news for the 100 or so pairs of nesting Sandwich Terns and 60 pairs of Common Terns. Didn't count the hundreds of Black-headed Gulls, many of which had well grown juvs, but there still seemed to be plenty of room on the shingle ridges for more.
As for Little Terns, apparently there are only 9 pairs on site this year, and we eventually had good views of two birds, one flying, the other on a nest amongst the manikins. Also noted Mipits, Wheatear, Skylark, Shelducks and Grey Heron. Thanks are due to Chris and the staff at Rye for vehicular access to the hides on Ternery Pool.
Late afternoon we went down to Winchelsea and then on to Pett Pools where Little Grebe was added to the trip list