Archive of: Birds Wildlife

  • Wonderful Waders

    Wonderful Waders

    Wading birds come in all sort of size and shape.

  • Avocets return

    Avocets return

    In the last few weeks some familiar friends have returned to Rye Harbour in good numbers for the nesting season.​

  • Early Birdsong

    Early Birdsong

    Birdsong is making a comeback. Just as we’ve got used to the relative quiet of the long winter months, the first tentative notes of nearly-spring spark an instant remembrance of what’s been missing all this time.

  • Grey heron

    Grey heron

    It’s not unusual for Grey Herons to begin nesting in February, and as one of our largest birds their activity can be hard to miss. They are an imposing sight on the riverbank, standing tall and motionless at the water’s edge as they wait with seemingly endless patience for a potential meal to pass by.

  • Cormorant

    Cormorant

    Cormorants are supremely skilled at catching fish and will dive to depths of six metres or more in pursuit of their prey, staying submerged for a good 30 seconds before coming up for air.

  • Starlings

    Starlings

    Starlings spectacular star-studded winter plumage develops a glossy sheen of sumptuous purple and green iridescence for the breeding season, glistening with galactic colour.

  • Turning over a new stone

    Turning over a new stone

    The Turnstone is an expert in its field, named after its most obvious behaviour of turning stones to look for hidden prey.

  • Snow Bunting

    Snow Bunting

    The Snow Bunting, the planet’s toughest songbird, living in the Arctic Circle for much of the year. In the winter, you may be lucky enough to spot one of these plucky birds on a Sussex beach.

  • Oil on Sussex beaches

    Oil on Sussex beaches

    One aspect of our seas has greatly improved in recent years - oil dumped by shipping…

  • Chaffinch

    Chaffinch

    The chaffinch can claim the title of commonest finch, and the male could easily vie for most colourful too.

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