On New Year's Eve, Nick and I went to Rye Harbour so I could show him where I cut my birding teeth, as it were, and also hopefully meet the Glossy Ibis at Pett Level (but we didn't manage that). It was a mostly fine but blowy day with occasional squally showers, and we reached Rye Harbour at about 10am.
The beach reserve continues to change dramatically - there is even more water around than there used to be, with the 'wader scrape' now extending much further westewards and separated from the Ternery Pool only by the old footpath. From some way off it was evident that the flat beach area (which is now really more water than beach) was loaded with Golden Plovers, though from the actual hide the light was poor and everything was a little on the distant side.
We walked down to the beach - the tide was some way out and on the shore were many gulls and more Oystercatchers, and a few Sanderlings also, though all a long way off, only just ID-able through Nick's scope.
We didn't go to the far Ternery Pool hide but visited the one at the eastern edge. From here were the usual commoner duck species, plenty of Lapwings and a lone Little Grebe.
The walk back to the car park didn't reveal a lot, and we opted to drive on to Pett Level. Here it was really windy and very cold, and our scanning of the fields in search of the Glossy Ibis was to no avail. The tide was in by this point so no wader action on the beach either. The pools were quite busy with wildfowl but nothing new except for the usual Curlews on the fields and a Brent Goose or two feeding with a bunch of Canada Geese.