Archive for May 18th, 2008

18th May 2008, Sunday

Then and now. 3

Ternery Pool is now home to more than a thousand pair of seabirds, including 4 species of gull and 2 of terns. This no accident, many years of management has created the ideal islands for successful nesting. The first photo shows a Sussex Ornithological Society workparty in April 1979 building up one of the islands to a level where it is present in spring. First, the edge of the island was built up with pieces of concrete and then it was infilled with shingle.

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18th May 2008, Sunday

Damselflies at the Viewpoint

Several species of Damselfly were visible from the viewpoint early afternoon. These included Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Red-eyed (below) and a couple of female Variable (bottom).
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18th May 2008, Sunday

Rye Harbour Sightings

The monthly WeBS (Wetland Bird Survey) usually produces a good range of birds at this time of year, and today was no exception. On Harbour Farm, highlights were 25+ Avocet, four Little Ringed Plover, and a Whimbrel, while four Grey Plover and three Bar-tailed Godwit were present on the Quarry. At Ternery Pool four adult-plumaged Knot were present briefly late morning, while another two Little Ringed Plover and two Common Sandpiper were visible from Castle Water Hide early afternoon. A real bonus however was a Stone Curlew (below) on West Beach late evening!
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