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Rye Harbour Shore

Ideal tidal and weather conditions to get a decent count of Curlew along the shore this morning, at least 445 birds were feeding between the river mouth and just past the old lifeboat house. More of a surprise was the lack of other wader species present with only a few Redshank and small numbers of Oystercatchers. Also of note this morning 18 Shelduck were amongst the other wildfowl on Flat Beach.


Roosting Snipe

Its been a few years since I have found a large Snipe roost on the reserve, not because they have not been here its just harder to track things down with the amount of habitat now available. This morning at least 110 Snipe and 4 Jack Snipe were roosting/feeding on Harbour Farm.


Castle Water Hide

The birdwatching hide close to Camber Castle is in need of some renovation, so it is now CLOSED to the public while the essential work is carried out. It should be open again by mid-week next week.


Grassland Fungi

Several interesting fungi today in the grassland near Castle Water. I'm pretty sure the first one is Scarlet Waxcap...

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Fairlight to Rye

At last ! No rain and no wind after several days of awful weather, so I decided to walk from Fairlight, through the woods to Cliff End and along the seawall to Rye.

A fine male Bullfinch near Stonelink wood, and Treecreeper and Nuthatches in Market Wood were the best birds on a soggy start to the walk, the going improved greatly once I got to the seawall, where  Fulmars were on the cliffs .

There was a lot of surface water on Pett levels [though this never lasts very long], and there were plenty of birds, notably a flock of 500 Lapwings, but no sign of the Ruffs which were very close to the road yesterday.  There were just a few Great Crested Grebes on the sea, and a distant raft of ducks trying to look like Scoter but probably were not. A Grey Seal was just off the beach cafe. Just before the reserve starts I saw a Water Rail pursued by a Moorhen, always good to see these.

Climbing over the shingle ridge to look at the sea a few hundred metres into the reserve, I was pleased to see below me a roost of 120 Sanderling and 26 Grey Plover, easily missed.

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