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Great day at Rye Harbour

Yellow wagtail in winter wheat
RSPB images

Saturday, 18 September 2021

The 66 bird species included a couple of scarce ones: black-necked grebe on Castle Water which has apparently been around for quite a while and during a short sea watch 4 scoters, 2 of which were velvet scoters (the other 2 may have been common or female velvet). There were lots of butterflies including one clouded yellow.

Here's the full list.

Birds:
Mute swan, greylag goose, Canada goose, wigeon, mallard, gadwall, shoveler, pintail, teal, pochard, tufted duck, velvet scoter, great crested grebe, little grebe, black-necked grebe, cormorant, little egret, grey heron, marsh harrier, sparrowhawk, kestrel, water rail (h), moorhen, coot, oystercatcher, grey plover, lapwing, redshank, green sandpiper, black-tailed godwit, curlew, snipe, black-headed gull, common gull, herring gull, great black-backed gull, Sandwich tern, feral pigeon, stock dove, woodpigeon, collared dove, green woodpecker (h), great spotted woodpecker (h), swallow, meadow pipit, yellow wagtail (30+), pied wagtail, wren (h), dunnock (h), robin, wheatear, blackbird, chiffchaff, Cetti's warbler (h), lesser whitethroat, long-tailed tit, great tit, starling, magpie, jackdaw, crow, rook, raven, house sparrow, goldfinch, linnet.

Butterflies:
Clouded yellow, small & large white, comma, peacock, red admiral, meadow brown, small heath, small copper.