Sunday 30 December 2012

Rye Harbour

Scotney - 1000hrs - Mild, sunny, sw 4 - Checked out the pits en-route to Rye where the highlight was a flock of 10 White-fronts on the water at the Sussex end. All the usual feral geese, Grey Lags, Barnacles and the like on the grass, plus hundreds of Goldies, Lapwings and Wigeons.
One of the roadside pits west of Camber had a redhead Smew and 2 Goldeneyes.
Rye  - Did a circuit starting at Narrow Pit where we had good flight views of a Bittern. Nothing much on the lake apart from a few grebes and diving ducks. As it was high tide Ternery pool was stacked out with beach waders; Oycs, Barwits, Curlews, Grey Plovers, plus Lapwings, Dabchicks and Wigeon, and  quality in the form of a Slavonian Grebe and Spotted Redshank. Flat Beach was also busy with wildfowl and waders including 50 Goldies, 20 Ringed Plovers, 10 Little Egrets, 10 Shelducks and 5 Brents. Was also good to see a few Skylarks and Mipits along the Rother.
Crossing Walland Marsh on the way back 40 odd Bewicks Swans were noted amongst the Mutes, plus 2 Marsh Harriers and a Merlin.

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