Rye Levels 21st February 2021

With only a couple of hours to spare today, I thought I’d take the bike down the Railway Line and undertake a bit of “Rye Levels watching”. It’s a bit like seawatching, although I actually stand a chance of recognising what I’m looking at with the inland version. So setting up the telescope (at TQ196147, for those who collect such information) and planning not to move for the duration, I had a good scan of the floods by Rye Farm for an hour and a half and noted the following: Wigeon 230, Teal 205, Pintail 20, Shoveler 60, Lapwing 500, Blackheaded Gull 100 and Common Gull 20. Geese were strangely thin on the ground, with just 6 Greylags and a final count of 40 Canada Goose. A nice bonus was a Little Egret that flew up from a ditch, giving me year tick number 66.