I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.
This evening's dog walk was along the canal to the scrape but this time I took the scope hoping to get a better view of the Little Ringed Plovers now I new where to look. along the canal Reed Buntings, Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers were singing in the sedge and I heard my first Cuckoo of the year at last.
A Hobby flew up from a bush next to the canal and headed off for Carter's Flood.
At the scrape the usual ducks Shoveler Shelduck Tufted Gadwall and Mallard and the Little Ringed Plover was sitting on eggs. Across the scrape 14 Avocets were feeding a single Common Sandpiper and 2 Common Terns were taking a break.
Sadly the windows in the hide are all locked and the photos are taken through glass.
Our last reward of the evening was a Marsh Harrier flying low over the valley as I left the hide for home.