Trip reports

Wednesday Walk: Rottingdean

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Three members of the Group braved high seas and onshore winds to walk along the promenade from Rottingdean to Ovingdean at high tide, returning by the same route after a well earned cup of tea. We did not see many birds, but there were two interesting sightings. The first was a flock of 33 oystercatchers sheltering on a high tide roost at Ovingdean. We just had time to count the birds before an out of control dog caused them to fly away! We also saw pied wagtail, starling, carrion crow, jackdaw. rock pipit, herring gull, black headed gull and feral pigeon. Finally came the second interesting sighting of a raptor partly hidden in grass high up on the chalk cliff. Prolonged observation and photography eventually identified it as a merlin.

Our numbers rose sharply to 15 as we adjourned to the Peacehaven Carvery for an informal and enjoyable Xmas lunch.