• Sim Elliott

A chilly afternoon at Cuckmere Haven. 26.11.26

On Friday 26,11,21 I made my now usual trip to Cuckmere Haven, getting the 12X from Brighton to Exceat. It was a very chilly afternoon, and the partially cloudy, partially sunny weather produced some beautiful skies.


I walked down the path to the east of the Cuckmere, starting at the Seven Sisters County Park. I walked across the dyke that separates the northern oxbow lake to the lower oxbow lake; then I walked round the saltwater pool (anticlockwise) and back up the main path. I alternate between walking this walk (which affords good views over the lakes, but poor view of the river) and walking the paths on the western side of the Cuckmere, down by the riverside and back on the Vanguard path (which affords good views if the river and its bank but less good views of the oxbow lakes). In the summer I can walk both sides in one visit, but in a winter afternoon there is only time to do one side, as it got dark by 16.00 yesterday.


This is what I saw: ca. 20 Little Egrets; a Kestrel; ca. 50 Dunlin; ca. 10 Oystercatchers; ca. 100 Black-Headed Gulls; some Herring Gulls; ca. 10 Rock Pipits; ca. 10 Carrion Crows; ca. 20 Redshanks; 5 Little Grebes; ca. 20 Teal, a Stonechat. When I walk the other side at this time of year I see roughly the same birds, except less Dunlin, but I often also see Curlew, Black-Tailed and many large Black-Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls and Canada Geese (who collect in pre-roost agglomerations on the meadows and marshes of the east side of the river_.


The Carrion Crows and and a Little Egret


Grey Heron


Little Grebes


Oystercatcher landing


Oystercatchers and Redshanks


Grey Heron


Starlings flying over Little Grebes and a Mite Swan


Little Grebes and a Mute Swan


Grey Heron


Oystercatchers, Redshanks and a Black Headed Gull


Black Headed Gull and Teal


Little Egret


Shelducks


Coastguard Cottages


Oxbow Lake


Rock Pipit


Saltwater Pool


Robin


Looking north; oxbow lake


Black Headed Gulls


Mute Swans


Little Egrets


Redshanks and Little Egrets, saltwater marsh


Redshank


Redwing in flight


Toward the Haven


Banks of the Cuckmere, and marsh to left


Little Egret


Kestrel


Black Headed Gull


Black Headed Gull and Redshanks in flight


Redshank


Magpie with leucitic patch on neck


Saltwater pool and the beginning of the Seven Sisters


Black Headed Gull


Shelduck


Shelduck


Shoveler and Redshanks


Black Headed Gull, Little Ere, Redshank and Shelduck


Shelduck and Redshanks

Toward the Seven Sisters


Little Egret


Dunlin


Cuckmere Haven beach


WWII defences


Coastguard Cottages


Teasels


Tripleurospermum maritimum, a species of flowering plant in the aster family commonly known as false mayweed or sea mayweed


Dusk




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