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6:55AM

Something different

A wonderfully calm morning yesterday, and after admiring 3 Porpoises floating off the Clifftop, I joined some of Slow but Sure for a circular walk from Rye-a new one for us.

We headed inland up the Rother along the  pleasingly unmuddy bank, where we flushed at least two Rock Pipits and saw several Med Gulls, 50 Teal, 30 Redshanks  a Cettis Warbler  and a small flock of Fieldfares. Then up the cliff  at Scots Float, and across fields and lanes to Playden. Here there were lots of birds-c100 mixed Redwings and Fieldfares singing in the treetops, and around a dozen Yellowhammers and several Reed Buntings in the stubbles. Good to see this unploughed field, complete with Emmet Mounds [anthills]. We then carried on to Rye Cemetery, where no luck with Hawfinches, and down into Rye, where we saw the long staying immature male Scaup on the river near the fishing boats. 6.2 miles according to the GPS.

Rain came on as forecast at mid-day, but after a pub lunch a couple of us did an increasingly damp walk round Flat Beach, where we added to the species count considerably, including our first Avocets, a surprise redhead Goosander and 20 Sandwich Terns. A flock of 45 Brents flew E along the shore, there are some moving this morning too.

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