Trip reports

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Spotted flycatcher on perch

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Okay, so we didn't have wall to wall sunshine, temperatures in the 20s (Centigrade!) and a few spits and spots of God's refreshing rain to contend with, but what we did have was a band of 16 likeminded brothers and sisters determined in their pursuit to enjoy all that wonderful Rye Harbour Nature Reserve had to offer. We were not disappointed.

Led by Sedley Underdown who was ably assisted by Peter Callandine and Paul Harrison with their bird identification skills, we set out around 09.15 starting at the John Gooder Hide, not before Peter had sighted a spotted flycatcher in the car park. Our walk was pretty much a circular one, taking in most of the Hides. Some of us returned to the John Gooder Hide for a final look before departure at 16.00. Others had peeled off earlier in the afternoon making a beeline for the Avocet Café where I understand tea and cake was the order of the day and much enjoyed. Another plus, another tick as to why Rye proves to be a popular place to visit by many in our group.

In addition to the spotted flycatcher (pictured) other birds seen were house martin, linnet, wheatear, swallow, pied wagtail, green woodpecker, teal, cormorant, little egret. grey heron, Canada geese, great created grebe, wigeon, gadwall, mallard, shoveler, tufted duck, pochard, kestrel, hobby, ruff, redshank, greenshank, coot, moorhen, mute swan, dunlin, knot, curlew, whimbrel, turnstone, black headed gull, great black backed gull, oystercatcher, yellow wagtail, sand martin, goldfinch, house sparrow, common crow, magpie, jackdaw, lesser black backed gull, common gull, herring gull, sand martin, collared dove, woodpigeon, starling, greylag geese, kingfisher, ringed plover, lapwing, golden plover and green sandpiper. A total of 56 different species.

We now look forward with much anticipation to our spring visit in April 2016.