Yesterday seven teams searched for as many species of birds as they could find across the RX area and came up with a combined total of 124 species! The winning team was the "Pannel Beaters" who found 97 species with the star bird being an Iceland Gull at Dungeness. The team with the fewest species was "Hidebound" with 69 species, but they restricted their travelling and searching to the road from Rye Harbour car park to the river mouth - click here for Cliff Dean's account of their day. Everyone assembled at RSPCA Mallydams in the evening for the grand count up, supper and the presentation of the Avocet Trophy (the only Avocet seen all day). The main aim of the event was to raise funds for RSPCA Mallydams and the Friends of Rye harbour Nature Reserve and the grand total was in excess of of £800 - thanks to everyone who contributed.
Special thanks goes to Feathers Wild Bird Care - Salehurst, Friends of Hastings Country Park, Avocet Gallery and Tea Room at Rye Harbour and Bosun's Bite Cafe at Rye Harbour for providing Raffle Prizes, and to Richard Thompson and Lucy Bowyer for organising the event.
Despite the thoroughness of the bird finders some species were missed - Black Tern, Yellow-legged Gull, Caspian Gull, and possibly American Golden Plover and Audouins Gull.