Before visiting Dunge later in the day, we walked around the Beach Reserve at Rye Harbour on the morning of the 31st. The habitats here are constantly being improved by the Warden, BY, who we had a chat with. We also met JT and MC on the walk round. Highlights were:
Flat Beach - c60 Golden Plover, Merlin - female having caught a Ringed Plover or Dunlin (many of those around), 17 Avocet.
Quarry - Adult Brent Goose around the newly created islands plus a Snipe (spotted by JT on the margin).
Beach - Many roosting Sandwich Terns and several Bar-tailed Godwits.
Ternery Pool - Hundreds of Black-headed and Mediterranean Gulls, plus more Sandwich Terns. The new islands here are fantastic for the breeding birds.
Harbour Farm and pools - 7+ Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, more Avocets, female Goldeneye, Little Egret, Stonechat, couple of Chiffchaffs and 2 singing Willow Warblers (sadly unseen). Cettis' calling too.
This East Sussex reserve is certainly gearing up for another busy breeding season. Every chance of a spring rarity too. Another visit will soon be planned.