Trip reports

Seven Sisters Country Park

Male wigeon swimming

Saturday, 19 November 2016

12 members came along on a stroll to the sea and back on the west side of the river. It was a bright and warm start with showers later.
In the car park by the water we saw two kingfishers, little egret, three little grebes, grey heron and four mute swans, then we started the walk along the road to the Cuckmere Inn, formerly the Golden Galleon, to get to the footpath. Over in the fields there were lots of Canada geese with a few greylags and wigeon (pictured). In the hedgerow we saw goldfinches, song thrush, robins and lots of blackbirds. When looking over the geese flock again there were two peregrines, the female sitting on the water trough, with the male perched on a post 10 feet away. They stayed there for an hour and we had members of the public looking through scopes at them. On the beach we had rock pipit and black redstart which a few of our members saw and out to sea were some ducks bobbing about in the waves, which could be wigeon. A big flock of mixed gulls and six curlew were seen in the end field by the beach.
On the way back the rain came, but on the plus side we got a lovely rainbow over the river. Back in the car park the kingfishers were still there. In all about 30 species of birds were seen.

Michael Light