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Waders and breeze-riders by the Cuckmere

Updated: Sep 25, 2020


It is prime time for wader migration and a walk along the Lower Cuckmere, just east of Seaford, usually deliveres a few species. This time the star was a Red Knot in neat adult winter plumage, fearlessly picking along the shore on the main meander. A Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper, both juveniles, also took the podium in today's shorebird assemblage.


Fresh from Greenland: a Red Knot on the Lower Cuckmere

A pair of Ravens enjoyed the fresh breeze, hanging in the wind and taking the chance to throw even more barrel roles than usual. Unusually for Ravens, though, they barely uttered a cronk. Perhaps they just too busy having fun - they are hugely intelligent birds and known to enjoy play. Their aerial acrobatics were rudely interrupted by a young Peregrine, who took a couple of quick dives at the mighty corvids before riding the updraughts down to the beach to find something else to bother.