Friday, 15 May 2009

Rye Harbour NR

Arrived at 6.00am to have a look for the Wood Sandpiper which had been on the reserve for the past couple of days. I started off at New Pools where there was a stunning drk Garganey feeding right out in the open and showing very well. Also on present of note here were 2 Knot (Sum Plumage), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 10+ Dunlin in very smart summer dress. But no Wood Sand.

On past Harbour Farm a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling for the bramble scrub, no sign of any Turtle Doves on the wires but a Kestrel was showing very well perched on the barns. No sign of the Wood Sand on Harbour Farm pools either but at least 6 Avocets on nests. Also several Common Sandpiper present on these pools and a single Grey Plover.

Then headed round to Ternery Pool and bumped into Sam the warden who said the Wood Sand was at Ternery Pool at dawn but flew off! Brilliant! So had a good look at the Common/Sandwich Tern Colony and plenty of Med Gulls on nests as well as Common, Herring and Black-headed Gulls. Had a walk over to Castle Water to see if the Wood Sandpiper had gone over here but no sign of it there either. Several Reed, Sedge and Cetti's in full song and Bearded Tits pinging.

Pett Pools = Birdless...!

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