Sunday, 30 May 2010


On friday,after reading Paul Trodds piece on Rye Harbour I realised that I had nt been there for a couple of years so off to Sussex it was.It was exactly forty miles from my house to the car park at Rye but it was worth every foot.Three species of tern were present, common,sandwich and a solitary little tern,waders included avocet with at least three young, dunlin,ringed plover,bar tailed godwit,redshank and oystercatcher,hunreds of nesting black headed gulls with young,the noise and the smell were brilliant,good numbers of med gulls were nesting too.Three male wheatears were seen skylarks and linnets as well.The stars of the show were the sandwich terns, a never ending procession of birds returning to their nests with an assortment of fish for their chicks.The little tern was found in the quarry pools and was fairly distant so only poor pics Iam afraid but compare the size to the adjacent common tern and you realise how small they really are.

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