A chance meeting on the seafront resulted in Andrew Grace joining me for my regular walk/Turnstone count yesterday [Dec 30]. Although the latter was curtailed by fog which set in from Glyne Gap onwards, it was obvious that very few Turnstones were around, probably even less than on my previous walk.
However there was a great improvement in the number of seabirds, particularly off St. Leonards, where we saw the following: c30 Red Throated Divers, c100 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Slavonian Grebes together, an Eider, 57 Brent Geese heading east, 130 Wigeon, mostly moving east, and a Gannet.
A surprise was a Knot feeding on mussel covered rocks at Goat Ledge, and 34 Lapwings were on rocks at Glyne Gap. It was nice to see a Kingfisher catching tiny fish at Bulverhythe sluice, and a Raven heading east past Glyne Gap. We noted 20 Skylarks passing-a sign of the previous cold weather, including a flock of 15 East over the sea; there were also more Pied Wagtails than usual along the route.