Trip reports

Field Trip to Rye Harbour

Field Trip to Rye Harbour
RSPB images

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Five of us from Tonbridge local group enjoyed a great day at Rye Harbour. We had a coolish northerly breeze, but the forecast rain never came and the patchy morning clouds rolled away for a brilliant sunny afternoon. The star bird was undoubtedly the black-necked grebe, giving us reasonably close views at the west end of Long Pit, and a close second a pair of yellow wagtails, the male's yellow breast positively shining in the sun. We had a good count of raptors, too. The list would have been longer but at a distance we couldn't be certain about some godwits (black or bar-tailed), or a plover (grey or golden).

Aside from birds, we also saw a stoat, which we've also seen on previous trips to Rye. (Not necessarily the same one!)

The full bird list:

Gadwall
Mallard
Shelduck
Shoveler
Tufted duck
Wigeon
Brent goose
Canada goose
Greylag goose
Mute swan
Black-necked grebe
Great crested grebe
Cormorant
Grey heron
Little egret
Common buzzard
Kestrel
Marsh harrier
Sparrowhawk
Coot
Moorhen
Avocet
Common redshank
Dunlin
Lapwing
Oystercatcher
Ringed plover
Black-headed gull
Common gull
Great black-backed gull
Herring gull
Lesser black-backed gull
Mediterranean gull
Sandwich tern
Collared dove
Woodpigeon
Cuckoo (h)
Skylark
Swallow
Pied wagtail
Yellow wagtail
Dunnock
Wren (h)
Robin
Wheatear
Blackbird
Mistle thrush
Song thrush
Blackcap
Cetti's warbler (h)
Chiffchaff
Sedge warbler
Whitethroat
Blue tit
Great tit
Starling
Carrion crow
Jackdaw
Magpie
Rook
House sparrow
Chaffinch
Linnet
Reed bunting

64 species in all.