Archive for May 7th, 2008

7th May 2008, Wednesday

Magic moment

I went for a short walk in the Rother Valley, Peasmarsh earlier today and saw a Brown Hare in the middle the track. As I stood still  watching he/she came along the path towards me, stopped and stood just a couple of feet in front of me, looked me up and down, then after about 30 seconds slowly moved on as though he/she didn’t have a care in the world. 

Brown-hare

7th May 2008, Wednesday

Then and now. 2

Historically the RX coastline has undergone great changes, but for now the policy is “hold the line”. In the black and white photo taken in 1933 there is about 60m. of shingle in front of the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House (the largest and darkest building on the shore). The fingers of shingle, dating from after 1800, spread inland to grazing marsh recently won from saltmarsh.

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7th May 2008, Wednesday

Beautiful Demoiselle

At Filsham Reedbed this morning I saw a male Beautiful Demoiselle, with an irridescent blue body and dark brown wings. Later, as I was driving back there was another flying across the road at the bottom of Winchelsea Hill. This is a river damselfly requiring good water quality and the books say it emerges from late May…

beautiful

7th May 2008, Wednesday

“Blue” damselflies and other insects

Today around ponds on the northern edge of Rye, I saw single Blue-tailed and male Azure Damselflies among the many Large Red Damselflies on the wing. Last year my first dates were 25th and 30th April respectively.  With continuing warm weather, it’s worth looking out for Banded Demoiselle, Red-eyed Damselfly and Broad-bodied Chaser. Butterflies today included 3 Holly Blues and 3 Green-veined Whites, and my wife saw a Small Copper by Camber golf course. Lastly, a Great Silver Beetle (Hydrophilus piceus) was attracted overnight to my moth trap in Rye.

7th May 2008, Wednesday

Pannel Valley NR

I would like to re-unite some lost property found last week in one of the hides on the reserve. If the owner of a bag and the accompanying binoculars would like to contact me with a description, I have them and would love to return them to their rightful owner. My office number is 01797 226374. In addition I have a telescope attachment also left in the hide and the above applies to this item as well.

7th May 2008, Wednesday

Rye Harbour Sightings

A dawn check on the Whimbrel roost on the Quarry this morning found 85 birds present. Also here were four Grey Plover and three Bar-tailed Godwit, these birds moving over to Flat Beach Level as the sun rose. On Harbour Farm, at least 25 Avocet were present on the new pools (with at least 20 on the pool adjacent to Harbour Farm Barn), as well as four Little Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper.