He was catching insects , but would not come any closer than the top of his ridge . As we walked the beach road , Common Terns were constantly to and fro from the sea to their breeding colony on the Ternery Pool . What with a mix of Terns and Black Headed Gulls on one island and all Black Headed Gulls on another , the noise was amazing . Other less common birds seen here included Pied Wagtail , Mistle Thrush , Oystercatcher ( pictured ) and House Sparrow , who was waiting to greet us back in the car park .
Carol was flagging a bit by now , but with the promise of a bag of chips in Rye , she agreed to a quick visit to Rye Harbour before setting off for home . The tide was wrong for the scrapes , so it was a quiet walk to the river mouth . A few Common Terns were fishing in the river and a few Linnets on the fence line . Where the track turns right onto the roadway used by the Environment Agency lorries , the spot where I usually find Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail , there was no sign , just a lonely looking Lapwing . Dispondant , we started along the beach road , when a movement out of the corner of my eye , proved to be the Wheatear we had hoped for , a male .
I was going to write this up tomorrow , but I thought I'll have forgotten most of it by then , so I've done it while it is still fresh in memory . A super day with some super birds .