Rye Harbour, Scotney GPs and Dungeness Point

Wood Warbler

A great walk around Rye Harbour which started frosty but ended up very pleasant. Not fancying the big Castle Water walk today I instead walked down to the beach along to west beach then along the SE edge of Long Pit, a distance of about 5 miles. Highlight undoubtedly was the sheer number of warblers along the path between Long Pit and Rye Harbour Farm. The sound of Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers and Whitethroats was sometimes overwhelming. I managed to pick out 4 Lesser Whitethroats singing amongst the cacophony. Whimbrels were also in high numbers with them seen and heard all over the reserve. Other highlights from the 65 species recorded were Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, Cuckoo, 8 Swift, 2 Common Terns, 5 Pochard and a single White-fronted Goose. 


Common Sandpiper

Ringed Plover

Rye Beach Reserve


White-fronted Goose


For the afternoon I thought I'd head down to Dungeness for a seawatch, and decided to have a look at Scotney GPs en route. As I was scanning c40 Bar-tailed Godwits I heard a Whitethroat behind me, and with not much too exiciting going on I turned around to get my bins on it. As I did, I saw a Wood Warbler leap out of the tree! I hung around for an hour to hear it sing so I could elimnate any doubt and it did eventually, although it was generally a quiet bird. 36 Barnacle Geese, Cuckoo, Marsh Harrier and 2 Whimbrel were also noted. 

Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler

At Dungeness Point I picked up year tick Kittiwake, and 2 Wheatears were near the lighthouse as I was sat in my car on a zoom call with the Sussex Wildlife Trust. 


Herring Gull with?



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