Archive for September 22nd, 2005

22nd September 2005, Thursday

Scarce snout-faced hoverfly

The scarce snout-faced hoverfly, Rhingia rostrata, is now quite frequent on late flowers in our area, especially red and purple ones. Formerly regarded as ‘vulnerable’ it is now classified as ‘notable’ and occurs mainly on woodland fringes. It can be distinguished from its commoner congener, Rhingia campestris, by the absence of a black line down the sides of the abdomen and the shorter snout. Where it breeds is still a mystery, but R. campestris has larvae in cow dung and R. rostrata probably favours dung or carrion. One theory is that it might patronise badger dung if anyone would like to try any breeding experiments.
Rhingia rostrata, Sedlescombe

22nd September 2005, Thursday

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

The high tide Wader roost has moved from Shore Ridges to Flat Beach over the past couple of days,
today 107 Ringed Plover,233 Dunlin,11 Knot and a few Sanderling could be found.
Also using Flat Beach today 750+ Lapwing, 265 Golden Plover, 7 Grey Plover and a Whimbrel.
Highlights since Monday have been 1000+ House Martin,2000+ Swallow,180 Meadow Pipit,6 Grey Wagtail,32 Siskin, all flying over Beach Reserve or Lime Kiln Cottage.
Raptors have included Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Merlin and Hobby.