Trip reports

Coach trip to Rye Harbour, 13th August 2016

Coach trip to Rye Harbour, 13th August 2016
Cormorant by Ben Andrew (rspb-images.com)

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

A nearly full coach set off for Rye Harbour on a warm and sunny day.

On arrival, we first went to the viewing platform, which looks out over the water, reedbeds and fields of Castle Water. There were numbers of swallows and sand martins, a soaring sparrowhawk, plenty of cormorants, and a linnet: a bit quiet, so we scooted onto the reserve.

A strong breeze stopped us getting too hot as we walked toward the sea; on the wader scrape there were 2 wheatears having a bath, also ringed plovers, a resting curlew, oystercatchers and dunlin. Near the mouth of the river we had close views of turnstone, driven near us by the rising tide.

Stopping at the next hide for lunch there were loads of cormorants, mallards in eclipse (dull from moulting), little egrets and a common sandpiper bobbing as it fed at the waters edge.

Trundling onward we had great views of a whimbrel wandering about in a pool. In other pools there were young shelduck and both great crested and little grebes. On a fence by the path were young stonechats, and a close skylark. Migrant and brown hawker dragonflies flew around us and we had a brief view of a clouded yellow butterfly.

At Long Pit we had tufted ducks, more grebes, a flying heron, kestrel and a peacock butterfly. A few of us saw a hobby.

Back at the river Rother, beyond the cafes and pub, some saw 5 seals (both adults & youngsters) resting and fishing only yards away, a good way to finish the day.

Below is a full list of sightings:

Birds:
Little grebe
Whimbrel
Meadow pipit
Great crested grebe
Curlew
Yellow wagtail
Cormorant
Redshank
Grey wagtail
Little egret
Common sandpiper
Pied wagtail
Grey Heron
Turnstone
Wren (H)
Must swan
Black-headed gull
Dunnock
Canada goose
Common gull
Stonechat
Egyptian goose
Lesser black-backed gull
Wheatear
Shelduck
Herring gull
Blackbird
Mallard
Great black-backed gull
Chiffchaff (H)
Tufted duck
Sandwich tern (H)
Willow warbler
Sparrowhawk
Common tern
Magpie
Buzzard
Rock dove
Jackdaw
Kestrel
Woodpigeon
Rook
Hobby
Collared dove
Carrion crow
Moorehen
Kingfisher
Starling
Coot
Green woodpecker (H)
House sparrow
Oyster catcher
Great spotted woodpecker
Chaffinch
Ringed plover
Skylark
Greenfinch
Grey plover
Sand Martin
Goldfinch
Dunlin
Swallow
Linnet
Black-tailed godwit
House Martin
Reed bunting

Mammals
Grey seal x 6

Butterflies:
Red admiral
Small tortoiseshell
Common blue
Gatekeeper
Meadow brown
Large white
Clouded yellow
Holly blue
Peacock

Other:
Brown hawker dragonfly
Migrant hawker dragonfly