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Camber circular walk

Yesterday, six of us did an occasional slow but sure walk-from Rye along the Rother to Camber Sands, across these then inland over  East Guldeford Levels and back-7.4 miles according to the GPS.  

We couldn't see a great deal for much of the time due to fog [makes a change from wind, rain and gales], but noted a couple of Rock Pipits and a Common Seal along the river, the recently cleaned bank still looking good. Still foggy when we were on the beach; it's always a bit of a treat to look at all the shells cast up here, I was taken with the imposing Sand Gapers, whose bulk allowed the build-up of miniature sand dunes during the latest storm.

Crossing the Levels, the fog had lifted and we could see at last, noting perhaps as many as 8 Buzzards, 20 Fieldfares, a rather unseasonal Siskin, and A Great White Egret on Moneypenny Dimsel- thanks to the Dictionary of Sussex Dialect [Hall 1957 after Parish 1879] for this excellent word for a freshwater body too big to be a pond, but not big enough for a lake.


Brent Geese from the Clifftop

Two dreadful days in a row-fog/gales/rain but despite this , somehing to report this morning-the start of the spring Brent Goose passage. Typically, these start moving east in early February, so four groups totalling 41 birds were quite early. Not a lot else apart from a few Gannets


Rye Harbour

Highlights from yesterdays rather drear Wetland Bird Survey count included male red-breasted merganser, goldeneye and black-tailed godwit on Harbour Farm and around 50 pintail, bar-tailed godwit and small numbers of dunlin and grey plover on Flat Beach.  Other sightings in the last few days have included peregrine and grey partridge on the Beach Reserve and Harbour Farm, great white egret and marsh harrier at Castle Water and small numbers of red-throated diver offshore.


Cormorants from the Clifftop

People have been reporting large flocks of Cormorants passing at sea for the last week, and while staring through a rain covered window first thing on Saturday, I counted 480 west in just a few minutes, then no more. Ready for these yesterday, I saw one flock of 130 W early on [but close in to the cliffs so I could have missed some], another flock of 250 was noted later in the morning. Spectacular.


Dungeness Day Out

I've nothing to report from the clifftop since my last post, too much weather, too cold for the moth trap, and a walk through a muddy HCPNR to Hastings a couple of days ago produced [literally] nothing of note.

However a nice bright day yesterday for my first Dungeness visit this year, stopping at Pett Level where I found just 6 Whitefronts , but 17 Ruffs.

A great selection of birds from the familiar Dungeness circuit: Long-tailed Duck [at Lade], 3 Smew including a handsome male, a male Goosander, Juv Glaucous Gull on Burrowes [but still looking for that Caspian Gull], Bittern at ARC Pit, 4 Great White Egrets but no Littles-we failed to find any on a recent Slow but Sure Cliff End-Rye walk also. The Black-throated Diver that has been around for some time was right in front of Denge Marsh hide [photo Peter Maton]. Not forgetting at least 150 Linnets and 50 Chaffinches in the bird crop field at Denge Marsh road.

A quick tour of Walland Marsh produced at least 40 Tree Sparrows and 40 Fieldfares.