Trip reports

Field Trip to Rye Harbour

Field Trip to Rye Harbour
Penny Skoyles

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Sunny in the morning but turning chilly as the cloud cover increased. Highlights were delightfully close views of a female wheatear and the colony of Sandwich terns, interspersed with a few common and just a couple of little terns. Whimbrel were also clearly seen and a couple of us had good views of a recently arrived cuckoo resting in a bramble bush.

Birds seen:
Herring gull,
Mistle thrush,
Blackbird,
Woodpigeon,
Avocet,
Lapwing,
Greenfinch,
Oystercatcher,
Black-headed gull,
Shelduck,
Whimbrel,
Greylag goose,
Skylark,
Brent goose,
Swallow,
House martin,
Bar-tailed godwit
Wheatear,
Curlew,
Redshank,
Linnet,
Mute swan,
Ring plover,
Greenshank,
Cormorant,
Pied wagtail,
Grey plover,
Sandwich tern,
Tufted duck,
Little tern,
Common gull,
Mediterranean gull,
Common tern,
Coot,
Black-backed gull,
Dunlin,
Great crested grebe,
Moorhen,
Mallard,
Shoveler,
Wigeon,
Peregrine falcon,
Ruff,
Reed bunting,
Whitethroat,
Sedge warbler,
Cetti's warbler,
Dunnock,
Reed warbler,
Cuckoo,
Lesser whitethroat,
Kestrel,
Chiffchaff,
Pheasant,
Wren,
House sparrow,
Jackdaw,
Collared dove,
Robin,
Goldfinch,
Chaffinch,
and Blue tit (62)

Re the WHEATEAR, from my records I noted that we saw one on the last Wednesday in April in 2011 and again in 2013, but in September.

Flowers: Dandelion; Groundsel; Colt's-foot; Daisy; Dove's-foot Crane's-bill; Gorse; Red Dead-nettle; White Dead-nettle; Celandine and Germander Speedwell. (10)

List compiled by Doreen Dixon