Yesterday Shane and I went to Rye Harbour, to hopefully see lots of terns and stuff. It was just about breezy enough to justify wearing fleece plus t-shirt, but sky-wise we had uninterrupted sunnyness. We reached the reserve at about 9.30am, the huge car park by the caravan park was almost empty. Heading out towards the sea, we were soon noting Skylarks and a stream of commoner gull species overhead.
We had a look in the wader scrape hide but there was little to see in binocular range, and the scrape itself looked very dried out.
The next leg of walk was fairly uneventful, though commuting Cormorants and Sandwich Terns went over our heads now and then, as did gulls including one or two 'yowking' Mediterraneans, a Wheatear flicked away over the rolling shingle and plenty of Linnets were around. We opted to go to the hide on the south shore of the Ternery Pool first.
We took a quick look at the beach. Lots of shingle vegetation to admire, including massive purple mats of Ivy-leaved Toadflax, but there was nothing much moving offshore - it did indeed seem that the terns were not fishing at this spot but further down to the west. So we retraced our steps along the seaside path and turned inland to visit the hide at the eastern tip of the Ternery Pool.
Then across the track to the new hide, from where we saw more gulls'n'terns.
Having noticed several Little Terns along the river I suggested we take a closer look when we got back to the village (the riverside is not accessible on the actual reserve, too much muddy saltmarsh). At the village end though, there are lots of moored boats and with them lots of large gulls, enough to put off any Little Terns, I suspect.