Archive for August 26th, 2006

26th August 2006, Saturday

The tortoise-bug

An interesting shield bug in the family Scutelleridae that is adult at present is the tortoise-bug, Eurygaster testudinaria. This species seems to have been relatively scarce until the 1990s when it started to spread northwards and eastwards. It favours damp grassland where it feeds on the grasses themselves and various other plants.

The example in the picture was found in Marline Valley meadows in Hastings and is the first record I can find for East Sussex. I wonder if others may have come across it this year.

26th August 2006, Saturday

News from RSPB Dungeness

Today’s highlight was a redstart seen on the track, not far from the visitor centre and a whinchat also seen from the track.

Yet again, another osprey was reported as our weekend warden, Bryan, saw it flying over the water tower.

Other birds of prey included: peregrine, marsh harrier, sparrowhawk and merlin.

Waders spotted today include: black-tailed godwit, wood sandpiper and whimbrel.

Finally a common tern was seen over the ARC pit.


26th August 2006, Saturday

Egret Roost

A check at dawn to see if the Great White Egret roosted over night at Castle Water revealed no sign, however 76 Little Egret were counted leaving the roost.

26th August 2006, Saturday

Still present

The Spotted Crake ( post written 18th July) is still present at the same site , and was showing well yesterday evening.

Fred Batchelor