Trip Report: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Another great day at Rye Harbour, with a total of 76 bird species, which must be close to a record for our trips.

24 September 2022

The weather was dry, cloudy and breezy – which might have reduced the number of smaller birds we saw. A highlight was a spoonbill, a first for some of us, a little distant but the unusual bill shape was clear to see.Here’s the full list:

Greylag Goose
Mute Swan
Egyptian Goose
Shelduck
Shoveler
Gadwall
Wigeon
Mallard
Teal
Pochard
Tufted Duck
Stock Dove
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Feral Pigeon
Moorhen
Coot
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Oystercatcher
Lapwing
Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Ringed Plover
Whimbrel
Curlew

Turnstone
Knot
Ruff
Dunlin
Snipe
Common Sandpiper
Redshank
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Sandwich Tern
Great Skua
Gannet
Cormorant
Spoonbill
Grey Heron
Little Egret
Marsh Harrier
Buzzard
Green Woodpecker (h)
Kestrel
Hobby
Peregrine
Magpie

Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Raven
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Sand Martin
Swallow
House Martin
Cetti’s Warbler (h)
Long-tailed Tit
Chiffchaff
Blackcap (h)
Wren (h)
Starling
Robin (h)
Stonechat
Wheatear
Dunnock
Yellow Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Meadow Pipit
Linnet
Goldfinch

Leader: Geoff Shoebridge