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SOS New Year Bird Race

A rather depleted Slow but Sure team took part in this annual event Yesterday, walking our familiar route from Fairlight to Rye Harbour. 13 miles and decidedly chilly !

 The last time we did this was for the RX birdrace in October, which we won with 104 species, so our total of 87 yesterday seemed quite modest, but there are fewer species on offer in a mild winter, and the day is shorter.

The three Twites at Flat Beach were our scarcest bird, seen just as they were about to go to roost, otherwise Great Egret , White-fronted Goose and Red-legged Partridge were the best. However the highlight for us was the spectacle of thousands of Cormorants coming in off the sea and flying over Flat Beach to Castle Water in the late afternnon. [photo Tim Waters]


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