Trip reports

Wednesday Walk: Seaford Head

little egret, wading, water

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The weather forecast was pretty bad and the heavy, early morning rain, depleted our numbers, so only five of us braved the elements and met at Splash Point for the start of this walk. Putting our heads together we decided to disregard the forecast and set off for what turned out to be a longer walk than planned which was thoroughly enjoyed by all of us, and finished off by well earned refreshments at "The View" (Golf Course restaurant). Starting at Splash Point to admire the kittiwakes, cormorants and rock pipit we were startled when half the kittiwake colony took to the sky shrieking at an intruder - not the usual crow or jackdaw this time, but a peregrine falcon that made several attacking passes before giving up in the face of the noisy opposition. Continuing over Seaford Head and down to the cottage at Cuckmere Haven we enjoyed good sightings of rock and meadow pipits, fulmars and were enchanted by close views of a family of lesser whitethroats - two adults with their three strong brood at Hope Gap.

A total of 37 species of birds were observed - blackbird, chaffinch, cormorant, crow, collared dove, dunnock, little egret (pictured), fulmar, goldfinch, Canada goose, great black-backed gull, lesser black-backed gull, herring gull, grey heron, jackdaw, kestrel, kittiwake, linnet, magpie, oystercatcher, feral pigeon, meadow pipit, rock pipit, peregrine falcon, rook, shelduck, skylark, house sparrow, starling, stonechat, swallow, swift, blue tit, great tit, whitethroat, lesser whitethroat and woodpigeon.

Tony Vass