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Rye Harbour

Bird higlights over the last few days have included up to four goldeneye and four black-necked grebe on Long Pit (with an additional bird on Ternery Pool), great white egret, five black-tailed godwit, seven ruff, buzzard and marsh harrier at Castle Water, a flock of seven fieldfare on Castle Farm and up to 3,000 roosting golden plover (when not frosty), small numbers of knot and 15 pintail on Flat Beach.


Behind Scotney Gravel Pits

 I hoped for a good count of Red-throated Divers from the Clifftop yesterday, having seen 163 the previous morning, including a fine flock of 72 flying west, also a Great Skua.

However, nothing doing, so I went for a walk round the back of Scotney to look for Corn Buntings and Tree Sparrows-of which there were none. This is very unusual and suggests that the extensive stubbles at East Guldeford have drawn in all the birds in the area. A Water Pipit flew low over me behind the farmhouse, where there were  also a Great Egret and a Green Sandpiper. I then visited Lade GPs [south lake], but couldn't see either the regular Slav Grebe or Long-tailed Duck, but 8 Goosanders and a Dartford Warbler made up for that.


Rye Harbour

The weather seems to have got a bit milder recently so we have seen the return of the lapwing and golden plover flocks, with around 400 and 800 respectively around over the Beach Reserve in the last couple of days. There have also been regular kingfisher around the eastern end of the reserve, with several sightings from the road near Lime Kiln. Other sightings in the last few days have included great white egret in flight over the Beach Reserve, black-necked grebe still on Ternery Pool, four goldeneye (including a drake) on Long Pit, marsh harrier and raven over Harbour Farm and today small numbers of gannet and red-throated diver offshore and a merlin over the new saltmarsh. 


Beach Clean

Thanks to the more than 70 volunteers that came out on Saturday to help clean the beach at Rye Harbour; we will meet for our last monthly litter walk on this coming Wednesday 6th December and try to find any rubbish that was missed.

Meet 10am at Rye Harbour car park if you want to join in.


East Guldeford Levels

An early morning visit to the Levels yesterday was very productive, loads of birds and record counts.

120 Corn Buntings was by far my best count there, at least 20 Tree Sparrows likewise, while 250 Carrion Crows was almost a lifetime  best [beaten only by 800 over Beidaihe, China in '92 !]. Skylarks were again everyhere, at least 120.

Other birds were Marsh Harrier, Raven, Kingfisher and Green Sandpiper-my first winter record there since 2012.