Archive for March, 2007

31st March 2007, Saturday

Great Diving Beetle

This Great Diving Beetle looked rather lost as it tried to cross the footpath near Parkes Hide and was nearly squashed. This species is one of our largest beetles. They are common and can be found in garden ponds, they are often seen coming to to the surface to replenish an air supply kept under the wings. In the picture below, you can just make out the ridged wing cases, indicating this beetle is a female.
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31st March 2007, Saturday

Rye Harbour

From the viewpoint at Castle Water mid morning, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, Bearded Tit, Green Sandpiper and Marsh Harrier. On the Beach reserve Wheatear, Peregrine, Sandwich Tern, Mediterranean Gull, Avocet, Golden and Grey Plover, Knot and Brent Geese were the pick of the bunch this morning. 36 Corn Bunting were counted inflight over Lime Kiln Cottage.

31st March 2007, Saturday

News from RSPB Dungeness

A ring ouzel was seen in area around the entrance gate.  A Slavonian grebe was reported on the ARC pit.  A swallow and six sand martins were seen on the reserve and three Scandinavian rock pipits were spotted near Makepeace hide.

31st March 2007, Saturday

Ternery Pool

With nesting space in demand at the moment, due to the high water levels, pairs of Black-headed Gulls are quick to take advantage of any opportunity. The bird pictured has bagged the only spot on the island infront of Parkes Hide, (water levels should continue to drop over the coming weeks). Later in the morning there was “pink” Black-headed Gull defending a territory right next to the nest.
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31st March 2007, Saturday

RX Schools

I’ve finally posted some reports on this blog! At the moment they’re all from St Thomas CoE Primary, Winchelsea, but I hope soon to post contributions from other educators working out of doors.

Go to the menu on the left of this page, then click the link for the blog.

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30th March 2007, Friday

Cinnabar Moth

An adult Cinnabar moth was seen today at Camber, an exceptionally early date for a species normally seen in late May. However, it was seen inside a building, so was probably influenced by central heating!

30th March 2007, Friday

Castle Water

Highlights at Castle Water today, 3 Green Sandpiper, 31 Curlew, 20 Snipe, 35 Teal, 40+ Wigeon and 28 Shoveler were on the new excavations. A Black-necked Grebe in winter plumage was present at the southern end of the main pit, and is possibly the bird which has frequented Long Pit over the past few weeks.

30th March 2007, Friday

Wildlife Weekend

The brochure for the Wildlife Weekend in Rye Bay in late May can be downloaded from this link, or picked up from many places locally – such as ESCC libraries or Lime Kiln Cottage.

30th March 2007, Friday

Exhibition at RSPB Dungeness

Exhibition and sale of paintings by Norman McCanch

Sunday 1 to Sunday 29 April, 10am to 5pm

Born in Wales in 1953, Norman originally trained as a taxidermist but then spent three years working as a lighthouse keeper around the coasts of England and Wales, before studying graphic design and illustration at Canterbury College of Art.  He wrote and illustrated ‘A Lighthouse Notebook’ and numerous articles on natural history and the countryside for a wide range of publications.  He has travelled throughout northern Europe and also visited Spain, Hungary, Greece, West Africa and Canada.  Norman now lives in East Kent and spends most of his free time sketching in the woods and marshes along the Stour valley between Canterbury and the sea, although family ties take him back to the Pembrokeshire coast and seabird islands whenever possible.  Essentially a watercolour artist, he also enjoys the challenge of working in other media and usually works directly from nature.

30th March 2007, Friday

News from RSPB Dungeness

Two Slavonian grebes (one in summer plumage) on the ARC pit, a female marsh harrier and a white wagtail provided the highlights on this gloomy day.  Signs of spring earlier in the week included a ring ouzel seen early on Wednesday morning at the Water Tower pits and a chiffchaff singing from the car park bushes.  Lingering winter visitors included a couple of smew on Burrowes pit and a white-fronted goose at Denge Marsh.