Archive for May 3rd, 2012

3rd May 2012, Thursday

Kentish Plover at Rye Harbour

The influx of waders this morning included a kentish plover which was present on the new saltmarsh adjacent to Lime Kiln Cottage late morning (last seen around 11.15), the first record of this species at Rye Harbour in over 10 years.


The bird has been distant and the weather conditions haven’t been favourable for pictures, the above pic is best so far. The bird was still out from Lime Kiln and amongst 78 Ringed Plover at 1.15pm. Seen again 3.35pm.

3rd May 2012, Thursday

Beach Reserve

Plenty around at day break, 145 Bar-tailed Godwit, 39 Knot, 19 Grey Plover and 55 Dunlin were all feeding along the shore, Flat Beach attracted 14 Turnstone and 2 Greenshank, Harbour Farm added to the mix with 14 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 40+ Avocet. Sandwich and Common Terns were around in good numbers along the shore and provided some mobbing opportunities for two passing Arctic Skua. At least 12 Little Tern were high flying above shore Ridges. It is worth mentioning that many of the waders that were feeding along the shore were pushed onto Flat Beach and Harbour Farm pools as high water approached. Update at 9am, the new saltmarsh area and flat beach attracted 230 Bar-tailed Godwit,168 Knot, 73 Grey Plover, 78 Ringed Plover and a Little Stint.


Bar-tailed Godiwts