Trip reports

Wednesday Walk: Rottingdean

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Just nine of us, including four on their first group walk, set of from Rottingdean on a fine December morning, mild enough to be more typical of early May. High tide forced us to make a detour inland, via "Sheep Walk" towards Ovingdean. Although we did not see many birds, it was good to see several meadow pipit and skylark, followed by an unusual close up view of a goldfinch (pictured). We reached the seafront at Ovingdean only to find the tea bar closed, but our disappointment was mitigated by watching antics of five nearby oystercatchers on the tiny remaining patch of shingle. With calm sea conditions, we were able to return to base via the promenade, seeing rock pipit and fulmar (but not the reported black redstart) en route. I counted 19 species in total.

Our numbers swelled to 17 for our informal Xmas lunch at the Peacehaven Carvery, which provided excellent value for money. Afterwards, three of us visited Cuckmere Haven, where we were immediately greeted by a kingfisher. During a brisk walk to the lagoon, we saw several waders including a solitary curlew and black-tailed godwit. Again we saw 19 species before failing light forced a retreat.

Ian Muldoon