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  • Writer's pictureSim Elliott

Stonechats, Great Black-Backed Gulls, Lapwings: a dark day at Seaford Head & Cuckmere Haven 17.12.21

I took the 12 bus to Seaford and walked across Seaford Head; up Hope Bottom, down to Cuckmere Haven, and walked up the west bank Cuckmere riverbank path. I crossed the river at the Exceat Bridge, then walked down the eat side riverbank path, then returned on the main path to the bus stop, getting a 12X bus back to Brighton.

It was mostly very overcast with very low light. The photographs are in chronological order.

Bird species I saw: Stonechats, Goldfinches, House Sparrows, Blackbirds, Carrion Crows, Magpies, Herring Gulls, Black-Headed Gulls, Great Black-Backed Gulls, Redshanks, Oystercatchers, Lapwing, Teal, Wigeon, Mallards, Shelducks, Little Egrets, Pheasants, Great Crested Grebes and Little Grebes

Seaford Head



Toward the Belle Toit Lighthouse (Seven Sisters)

Seven Sisters


Blackbird in privet

Seven Sisters

Cuckmere Haven



Female Pheasant



Black-Headed Gulls

Black-Headed Gulls, Herring Gulls and Great Black-Backed Gulls

Great Black-Backed Gulls - in the usual pre-roost congregation location - marsh fields to the west of the Cuckmere

Canada Geese

Little Egret


A Swan (with grass round its neck)

A Redshank

A Great Crested Grebe?


A Little Egret and a Shellduck

Great Black-Backed Gulls

A Little Egret


A log Reindeer; part of the Seven Sisters Country Park Reindeer Trail, for more information see: Winter Reindeer Trail - Seven Sisters

Little Grebe

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