The Virginia Creeper

An old boy gave me two Virginia Creeper cuttings about 12 years ago.
I’m not exactly the best with Flowers and Plants (if I can’t eat it, I’m useless!!), so I just popped them into the ground and every year since, come September, they give me an enormous array of red.

Virginia Creeper mid September

Virginia-Creeper-covering-top-shed    Virginia Creeper

A trip to Rye Harbour

Have to say I chose the right day, beautiful weather with a mild breeze, a joy to walk along the River, on the beach, around the Reserve ending with a nice meal in the William the Conquerer Pub. Perfect!

Little Grebe
Little Grebe

Little Egret calling
One of several Little Egrets

After reading a few ‘recent sightings’ I thought I may see a lot more than I did, but it’s quality not quantity and a few species popped up to say hello.

Rye Harbour never has a shortage of Turnstones and Plovers though and it’s always enjoyable to watch them busying themselves along the side of the River

Like Oare, the Starlings are grouping together rather nicely.

Stoats runningJuvenile Linnet    Turnstone Rye Harbour
Stoat escaping from something!- Juvenile Linnet – Turnstone

Linnets and Wheatears are the two smaller birds seen a lot there at this time of the year as are numbers of Martins and Swallows stocking up for their long distance journeys for their Winter sun.

Pett Level from Rye Harbour
Looking from Rye Harbour to Pett Level & Fairlight

The biggest problem still is hearing but not seeing many birds, as hard as you try to locate whereabouts they are exactly in a bush or tree is quite an art. Invariably they’re on the other side or wedged deep into the branches.
But that’s the beauty of it I guess.

Walking down the fields with the crops harvested and leaves beginning to fall just makes me think ‘not long before the Fieldfares arrive’.

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