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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.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Tuesday 15th May - Beach Watch at Rye Harbour

Some how I have got roped into doing a Beach / Tern watch at Rye Harbour Reserve, Tues 15th was my first time, and very quiet 7 people and 1 dog. The weather having had heavy showers during the day didn't look very good as I went onto the reserve.

First birds of interest was a male Wheatear.

Followed by a female

and then another female

Further along the access road 2 Cuckoos were picking up the hairy caterpillars from the access road  which are of the nationally rare Pale Grass Eggar Moth.

Apart from the huge numbers of Black Headed Gulls, Sandwich Terns, Common Terns, there were plenty of pairs of Med Gulls but I didn't find the Little Terns. Consolation was 30 Swifts coming in off the sea and a dozen Dunlin on the new saltmarsh.

Dunlin (summer plumage) and light fading.

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