Trip reports

Wednesday Walk: Tidemills and Newhaven East Pier

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Nine members joined Chris and Mary for the midweek walk at Tidemills on a bright sunny morning. The walk started with goldfinches in the car park, then along the road there were house sparrows in the bushes, along with dunnock, whitethroat and a wren. Apart from one curlew, the mill creek was devoid of any birds, it was low tide so any that had not moved away to the breeding grounds would be feeding out on the rocks. A coffee stop was taken at the scrub area by the old aircraft hanger and provided good views of pied wagtails. We continued to the pier to look across the harbour, but it was very quiet, just a great black-backed gull and little else. We then returned back across the scrub area that provided good views of a male stonechat and his mate, a flock of house sparrows, linnets, crows, magpies and skylarks. We then went on to the old hospital to look for wheatear and ringed plover near the mill pool before returning to the car park.

A good morning with a total bird list of 26 species which are listed below:-
Whitethroat, house sparrow, goldfinch(pictured), chaffinch, dunnock, wren, linnet, stonechat, skylark, wheatear, pied wagtail, curlew, ringed plover, tern (probably common), great black-backed gull, herring gull, crow, magpie, buzzard, kestrel, blackbird, great tit, house martin, swallow, meadow pipit and woodpigeon.

Also good views of orange tip, small white and peacock butterflies were seen.

Chris Barnett