Easy enough to see what’s on the shore, but how often does anyone look in the village? Today the older Farm Lane area (TQ91P) proved richest, with a modest 11 species around the houses plus 14 more on the pools and fields, including 100+ Curlew andÂ 50+ Corn Buntings. Most of Camber is in the next tetrad, TQ91U, more recent so less wooded; I could find only 9 species in the gardens, but the big surprise was aÂ polluted and litter-strewn ditch at TQ970187 which, as well as a horde of multicoloured Mallard, held a Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher. Incidentally, there were still 2 Common Sands on the river by North Salts, Rye, yesterday.Â The Jury’s Gap tetrad, TQ91Z, proved very barren, while finally a visit to Scotney pits (TR01E) produced a Long-tailed Duck, one of two according to another observer there.
Â Â Â Â The absences are also of interest - I found no Rooks, Jackdaws, Robins, Dunnocks, Greenfinches orÂ Green Woodpeckers, and surprisingly (considering their numbers around Rye) noÂ Fieldfares or Redwings; even Blackbirds seemed rather scarce.Â However, House Sparrows were everywhere in much greater numbers than inland from Rye.