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So many birds !


A lovely bright but chilly day yesterday for our regular Slow but Sure walk from Cliff End to Dogs Hill via Rye Harbour, A modest species total of 82 , but the walk was notable for the constant bird spectacle  

At Pett Level , great flocks of Golden Plovers-around 1500-and Lapwings were constantly in the air, together with 20 Ruff including the regular white-headed bird, 100 Dunlin and a fine flock of 17 Snipe charging round the roadside pool. The Great White Egret was very conspicuous on the eastern pool. A calling adult Med Gull was our first for the spring.

Lots more birds at the reserve-plenty of wildfowl including 20 Pintail on Flat Beach, and 12 Brents on the new saltmarsh, flocks of Golden Plovers and Lapwings again,  hundreds of Cormorants flew into Castle Water ,where a pair of Buzzards posed well in front of the hide. We also noted a good total of 7 Stonechats on the reserve, finishing with good views of 5 Redwings in the wood.

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