Archive for August 16th, 2006

16th August 2006, Wednesday

Spotted Flycatchers

Today I counted 15 spotted flycatchers feeding in the corner of a field not far from Peasmarsh Church. In the past couple of years they seem to have gathered in these numbers a little later at the church or very close by. Hopefully this is a sign they have had a good breeding season and the numbers will increase this year.

16th August 2006, Wednesday

Pannel Valley NR

Clear skies overnight, coupled with cloud over the channel at dawn produced a large arrival of migrants in the valley this morning. Sedge and Reed Warbler were most numerous with estimates of 400+ and 300+ respectively. Over 50 Willow Warbler, 40 Whitethroat, and 20 Grasshopper Warbler were also logged. More unusual sightings included 2 Spotted Flycatcher and a Wryneck was seen on private land just off the reserve.

 Barn Owl

This evening, a Barn Owl was showing very well alongside the Pannel Sewer, whilst the scrape held a site rarity in the form of a Turnstone, as well as a Garganey, 4 Common Sandpipers, 5 Green Sandpipers and 2 Ruff.

16th August 2006, Wednesday

Long-winged Cone-head

Conocephalus discolor is a small brown and green bush cricket which inhabits areas of long grass, reeds or rushes in wet places. This is a rapidly expanding species, first recorded at Rye Harbour in 1990 and now quite common. This one was a female found in a wet hollow on the Beach Reserve – note the long wings, straight ovipositor and very long antenna (extending off the top of the photo). The female of the more common Short-winged Cone-head is greener, fatter and has an upcurved ovipositor and shorter wings!
Long-winged Cone-head, female

16th August 2006, Wednesday

Rye Harbour Sightings

A Wood Sandpiper is still present on Ternery Pool and was again giving excellent views this morning from the Parkes Hide (out of the left side window). Also present here four Common Sandpiper and two Green Sandpiper, with additional singles of these two species dotted about the Beach Reserve.
Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Still good numbers of passerines around this morning, with 70+ Yellow Wagtail, at least 12 Wheatear, small flocks of Linnet, Meadow Pipit and Skylark and a Whinchat behind Ternery Pool. In addition at least two Hobby were hunting over Flat Beach mid-morning. Offshore, a flock of 70+ Gannet were present, while two Arctic Skua harried fishing terns close in.
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