Trip Report: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

A count of 64 species for the Saturday group, including great white egret and spoonbill.

20 October 2018

A warm day with very little wind at Rye Harbour made for a lovely day’s
birding for the nine of us. We first headed to Castle Water via the
road back towards Rye. On the way round the north end of the Water we
spotted the first of three great white egrets. We also saw the
spoonbill, fortunately as it turned out because we didn’t see the
spoonbill from the hide. After lunch we made our way back to the shore
via Harbour Farm. The day’s warmth brought out various dragonflies
including common darter and butterflies including clouded yellow.

We didn’t find waders or small birds in large numbers, but individuals
here and there made for a good variety and added up to a respectable
species count of 64.

The highlights have to be those great whites and the spoonbill, plus the

The full list:
mute swan, Canada goose, greylag goose, shelduck, wigeon, mallard,
gadwall, shoveler, pintail, teal, pochard, tufted duck, pheasant, great
crested grebe, little grebe, cormorant, grey heron, great white egret,
little egret, spoonbill, buzzard, kestrel, coot, moorhen, oystercatcher,
ringed plover, grey plover, turnstone, redshank, dunlin, lapwing,
black-tailed godwit, curlew, ruff, black-headed gull, herring gull,
lesser black-backed gull, greater black-backed gull, common gull,
woodpigeon, stock dove, collared dove, green woodpecker, skylark, meadow
pipit, pied wagtail, dunnock, robin, stonechat, whinchat, blackbird,
mistle thrush, Cetti’s warbler (h), chiffchaff, blue tit, long-tailed
tit, starling, rook, carrion crow, magpie, jackdaw, house sparrow,
chaffinch, reed bunting.