Fortunately there was plenty else to see, with the Common and Sandwich Terns and Black-Headed and Med Gulls bringing up their chicks (or bringing up for their chicks might be a better phrase. There was a constant flight of fish over our heads.
We chatted with a couple of other tern-watchers, who said they were going to try to find some Least Lettuce plants. Well, I could hardly hold SteveR back - firstly however we found a couple of tiny Stinking Hawksbeards, which had become extinct in the late 1990s, but had been reintroduced from stored seed here at Rye. Personally I think that there are quite enough Hawkbits, hawkbeards and hawkweeds but that is quite a success story.
An amusing appendix to the reintroduction is told here by Brian Banks who tried some of the seeds in his garden and now has covered the village with them.
Near the Stinking Hawksbeards we eventually found two tiny plants which were identified as Least Lettuce. Not yet flowering, unfortunately, this very rare plant has of course been protected from rabbits by fencing.
SteveR missed a treat, but found a nearby Redshank to pass the time, while outside the hide a Painted Lady enjoyed the unexpected sunshine and some Valerian.
Later, also en route, I stopped off at Brede High Woods to see if I could track down any Silver-Washed Fritillaries.
These turned out to be fascinating mixed woods, owned by the Woodland Trust, with a good range of butterflies and it wasn't long before the large fritillaries were seen flying fast around the clearings when the sun appeared.
They apparently lay their eggs on tree trunks......
The silver wash can't easily be seen at this distance, but it was still an unforgettable sight.