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Beach Cleans at Rye Harbour

The autumn storms are washing up lots of plastic and other litter on to the beach, and this week we have TWO opportunities to come and help us clean it up:

Monthly Rubbish Walk - Wednesday 28th November 10am-12noon. Litter pickers, hot drink & biscuits provided.

Festive Beach Clean - Saturday 1st December 10am-1pm. Litter pickers provided and hot soup served at the end.

Please come along and help if you can, and bring gloves if you have them.


From the Clifftop

Weather on the clifftop has ruled out any moth trapping for some time, birding has been confined to seawatching through the living room window. It's been mostly Gannets, with this morning notable for a count of 249 east by 10.00; most of the high counts I have had in this area have been in late autumn/early winter. As usual the great majority were full adults, but there was one striking 4th year bird with a solid black trailing edge to the wing.

Otherwise , 25 auks flew east; 7 sitting on the sea were Razorbills, 5 Kittiwakes and 4 Red-throated Divers also flew east, and 3 Fulmars included one noticeably dark bird-but not as dark as a "Blue Fulmar"


Rye Harbour

The cold weather seems to have brought in the numbers with perhaps 1200 golden plover, 600 lapwing and hundreds of ducks of several species (mostly wigeon, but including the first goldeneye of the winter with a drake and a 'redhead' on the pools to the south-east of the barns today) recorded in the last few days. At Castle Water recent sightings have included bittern, great white egret, up to five bearded tit, marsh harrier and kingfisher, while a black-necked grebe was present on Long Pit and two spoonbill have been sighted regularly on the new saltmarsh to the west of the information centre.  

Despite the cold weather I have been surprised to find several species of plant still in flower, with blooming wild carrot, sea aster and red valerian all seen today!


East Guldeford Levels

There was a little bit of snow lying on the levels yesterday morning, almost glove weather. Good to see an increase in farmland waders-400 Lapwings, 330 Golden Plovers and 25 Curlews; Corn Buntings had increased too, to 45, there were 40 Tree Sparrows and 70 Skylarks. Finding the Sparrows requires walking further east than I used to, they are in ditchside brambles, as was a remote Wren.

Best bird was a close ringtail Hen Harrier, my 3rd here this autumn/winter, there were four Ravens.


From the Clifftop

An early morning seawatch yesterday produced a modest, but highest so far count of 18 auks going East, and a similar number of Gannets. Aiming the 'scope further west revealed about 50 more Gannets busily fishing quite a long way out-Herrings ?

It being a lovely bright day, I walked through HCPNR to the Stade [this easy "standard " walk is 3.7 miles according to GPS], noting a light arrival of Wood Pigeons-250 in/E at the Firehills and Warren Glen. [Andrew Grace noted 390, also 70 Stock Doves, past West Hill  throughout the morning]. Also moving east were 2 Bramblings,20 Chaffinches and a lone Siskin, a Fieldfare was at the top of Warren Glen, and 10 Song Thrushes along Barley Lane. I counted only 8 Goldcrests on the whole walk, but a Firecrest was near the campsite.