At c11 species per kilometre, the walk from Winchelsea Beach to Castle Water works out among the best value in the area. In fact, all but 5 of the 76 species I saw this morning were on the outward journey.

Beach Field was bright with Ragwort, Viper’s Bugloss and Teasel, heavy with blackberries and swarming with Common Whitethroats, Linnets and Goldfinches, with fewer Lesser Whitethroats. Hidden Extras included juv Redstart (Showing Well), Nightingale (Not Showing At All) and a Tree Sparrow flying SW (Mystifying Well), while the relic pair of Turtle Doves sat out on the wires, even purring for a bit.

It was only at The Wood that leaf warblers made an appearance. A couple of Willow Warblers were helpfully singing and even at this late stage, a Chiffchaff had a newly fledged youngster and I found just one Blackcap.

3 Whimbrel sat on their favourite dry field near Castle Farm and other waders at Castle Water were Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Green & Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Snipe and Greenshank.


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