Mainly mud

A brief walk along Glynde Reach late on Sunday afternoon didn’t yield too many surprises, but did remind me how promising the area looks at this time of year.

The sedgy fields either side of the Reach just east of the train station at Glynde are superbly soggy, and look good for Snipe and perhaps Jack Snipe. Just the odd Meadow Pipit yesterday, with Redwings, Song Thrushes, Blackbirds and a single Fieldfare feeding in the adjacent hedgerows, plus a few Pied Wagtails coming in to roost.

Overhead, the pre-dusk procession of gulls included three Great black-backed Gulls looking characteristically massive. A group of 20 or so Goldfinches alighted briefly in one tree, and a few Goldcrests called insistently from the scrubby area near the road.

This morning at Glynde station, a group of seven adult Mute Swans flew down towards Beddingham, intersecting with a single Cormorant flying in the opposite direction.

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