Trip report: Rye Harbour

Date: Thursday 23rd May 2024

Weather: sunny intervals, brisk south-westerly wind

We were lucky to have a mainly sunny day after some rainy ones, but decided to stay on the beach reserve, avoiding the muddy trek past Camber Castle and the Castle Water hide. Despite this we didn’t get back to the car park till about 4.30.

The highlight was undoubtedly a fly-past by a couple of Little Terns, now a scarce species. We had only one raptor, a Kestrel, and, disappointingly, no Mediterranean Gulls, which in past years have been regular breeders here. More positively, there were Avocets in every available shallow pool and scrape, at times giving us excellent close views. Quite a success story for the RSPB’s symbolic bird.

Here’s the list, 55 species. Perhaps due to the wind, there are quite a few heard only (h) birds.

Greylag Goose
Mute Swan
Shelduck
Shoveler
Pochard
Tufted Duck
Swift
Stock Dove
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Oystercatcher
Avocet
Lapwing
Ringed Plover
Turnstone
Knot
Dunlin

Redshank
Black-headed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Sandwich Tern
Little Tern
Common Tern
Cormorant
Little Egret
Kestrel
Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Skylark
Swallow
House Martin

Cetti’s Warbler
Chiffchaff (h)
Reed Warbler (h)
Blackcap (h)
Whitethroat
Wren (h)
Starling
Blackbird
Robin (h)
Stonechat
House Sparrow
Dunnock
Pied Wagtail
Meadow Pipit
Chaffinch (h)
Greenfinch (h)
Linnet
Goldfinch (h)