18 November 2015

Birders at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Golden Plover
What another great day of birding! Thick fog opened out to glorious sunshine as we travelled to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve via coffee at Scotney Castle.  After a short walk to the first hide we were rewarded by the sight of around 1K golden plover and numerous lapwing.  
Our short car journey onwards to Dungeness brought barnacle geese by the pond en route.  We completed the whole circuit at Dungeness and saw all that was to be expected plus some “specials” – namely great white egret, female goosander down from Scotland for the winter, female smew and black-necked grebes. A spooky treat was the disturbing sight of numerous black prehistoric-looking cormorants perching menacingly in bare trees overlooking the water.  
The day was rounded off in style with fish n chips at the famous Pilot Inn. 
Here is our list for the day – 47 in total!
Stonechat, golden plover, goldfinch, lapwing, little egret, jackdaw, great black backed gull, crow, herring gull, mallard, greylag, grey wagtail, kestrel, robin, redshank, barnacle goose, dunnock, wigeon, goosander, black tailed godwit, blackbird, starling, Canada goose, skylark, swan, linnet, wood pigeon, teal, wigeon, great white egret, gadwall, pochard, tufted duck, coot, black necked grebe, smew, cormorant, shoveler, pintail, great crested grebe, black headed gull, heron, jay, wren, magpie, meadow pipit, cetti’s warbler.
Our December trip will be local – possibly Bough Beech Reservoir + a.n.other.  January will be Pulborough Brooks and February, Minsmere in Suffolk for those who can make it + a local event for all.
Happy Twitching!
Briar and Rog