Trip reports

Saturday Walk: Shinewater

Snipe perched on fence post

Saturday, 16 January 2016

14 group members came along on the walk around Shinewater on a beautiful, cold and sunny morning, keeping to the tarmac path in a clockwise direction. Just after the start we saw a bullfinch, stonechat and goldcrest all showing well, and there were blue tits and great tits singing as well. A sparrowhawk also flew over the reeds in front of us. On the little pond there were six or seven gadwall very close to us with coots and swans. As we went under the A22 road and over the bridge, a few of us spotted a kingfisher so we all went back and saw a male kingfisher 30 feet away sitting in the willow tree. It stayed there for a while so we could all see him. There were lots of small birds in the trees on the top of the lake, reed bunting, goldfinch and chiffchaff with the more common birds.

On Shinewater we saw lots of teal, shoveler, wigeon, more gadwall, gulls and five snipe of which we had good views, with Cetti's warbler singing next to us.

In all we saw 45 species in 2 hours without leaving Eastbourne.

Michael Light