Sunday, 6 January 2019

Emsworth, Rye Harbour and Pett Level

The day started with dipping Waxwings on the Sussex side of Emsworth, flyover Grey Wagtail and Little Egret being the only birds of note. Ingrid and I then made the voyage to Rye Harbour, connecting with the three Twite on my second attempt near the Gooders Hide as they fed on the edge of the beach reserve with Skylarks. A Rock Pipit was also noted, as well as a scattering of wildfowl and waders, including Pintail, Grey and Golden Plovers, etc. Ingrid enjoyed a good showing of Shovelers, one of her favourites. We then moved on to Pett Level for a quick look, connecting with eight Velvet Scoters among Common Scoters offshore, where a few Red-throated Divers flew by. At least four Russian White-fronted Geese were visible in the distance, along with a Ruff, a Marsh Harrier, good numbers of Curlews and Lapwings and two Dark-bellied Brent Geese.

Velvet and Common Scoters off Pett Level