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From the Clifftop

After  a couple of windswept weeks in the West Country, back to the clfftop, which had been equally battered. But a nice day yesterday, with a calm sea and  at least 40 Red Throated Divers and 70 Great Crested Grebes on show , the latter of some note this winter, I didn't see any at all until 3 just before  going away on 27th. Otherwise, over the last couple of days, a Porpoise, odd Kittiwakes and Brents, and only modest numbers of auks despite the huge recent movement off Dungeness. Blowing a gale again !


A nice walk...

Natural England has entered Stage 2 of the implementation process along the 53 km stretch of the England Coast Path between Eastbourne and Camber. This new access is expected to be ready in 2020. More detail including a map can be found by clicking here. 


Rye Harbour

Notable sightings over the last few days have included Dartford warbler behind Ternery Pool, black-necked grebe and up to six ruff on Ternery Pool itself (with at least one additional black-necked grebe on Long Pit occasionally), adult male red-breasted merganser on Flat Beach and regular great white egret at Castle Water and on Narrow Pit. There are still good numbers of golden plover around on the Beach Reserve and Harbour Farm, with up 2000 present in the last few days, along with several hundred lapwing and smaller numbers of black-tailed godwit, bar-tailed godwit, knot, grey plover and dunlin. This avian 'smorgasbord' has attracted the attention of several species of raptor, with marsh harrier, peregrine and sparrowhawk all recorded here in the last few days.


Seal Appeal

We know you all love seals and if you want to find out more the Iden and District Natural History Society has a talk on Friday January 12th, 7.30 pm at Iden Village Hall, entitled "Seal Appeal" by Stephen Marsh (not the whales talk as advertised). Visitors £3.


Rye Harbour

Highlights over the last few days have been perhaps two adult male red-breasted merganser on the Beach Reserve (with birds seen on Ternery Pool and the Quarry), black-necked grebe on Ternery Pool and great white egret and marsh harrier at Castle Water. There was also another sighting of Dartford warbler on 28th December (photo by Ian Stewart who also saw and photographed one nearby in late November). Still good numbers of golden plover with around 1500-2000 on Flat Beach Level, while up to 225 curlew have been seen leaving the roost on the new saltmarsh opposite Lime Kiln Cottage.

The best of the bunch  have been five black-throated diver (along with many red-throated diver) and 12 velvet scoter seen offshore on the 2nd by Mike Russell.