Archive for June, 2010

30th June 2010, Wednesday

Roseate Tern

One of the most difficult seabirds to find is the Roseate Tern, but for the last 2 days one has been around the tern colonies at Rye Harbour. Best chances are around high tide, or at dusk – and if you can get the combination, then so much the better. Today’s high tide is 13.55.

30th June 2010, Wednesday

Photo opportunities…

The hides at Ternery Pool offer many photo opportunities at the moment, especially at the Crittall Hide, where Sandwich Tern and Black-headed Gull fledglings are being fed and a Ringed Plover is nesting.
Sandwich Terns
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29th June 2010, Tuesday


Sam Smith is to be congratulated. Firstly by discovering the 94th Red Data Book species at Rye Harbour and secondly for posting his 1,000th account on this website. Well done and keep it up – I and many others find your photos and words of great interest.

29th June 2010, Tuesday

Harbour Farm

Searching for a scarce and local coastal species in its associated habitat can be a disappointing affair, so I was absolutley delighted this morning in finding the hoverfly Lejops vittatus (RDB2) amongst Sea Club-rush alongside a drainage ditch on Harbour Farm. The search started ten days ago and several suitable locations have been checked regularly on the farm and the Beach Reserve, but it was the first time that this particular ditch was checked. The adult flies have longitudinal markings on the abdomen which make them hard to find amongst the flowering heads of the rush. The soldierfly Stratiomys singularior provided extra interest, this fly is also associated with ditches on coastal marshes and has the english name Flecked General.


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29th June 2010, Tuesday


Last night I was invited to a Northiam meadow to watch “fairies”. At dusk, just as the light was failing the little white animals apeared dancing over the flowering grasses. This was a new experience for me, I had not seen … Read the rest of this entry »

28th June 2010, Monday


Avoiding the mid-day sun today I found this large specimen of a Zebra Spider, a very common species, but I had not really had a close look at one before. Its jaws are huge…
Zebra Spider Wikipedia here.
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27th June 2010, Sunday

Not much at Pett

Not much of note at Pett this morning apart from seeing a duck Pochard with four or five young chicks at the pools, theres been a drake around for quite sometime now, with the duck only seen off and on. Also there was a drake Wigeon which is not seen to often at this time of the year. Last week was much better with 3 Garganey flying around Carters, also 2 Buzzards and Barn Owl, and Curlew numbers went up to around 30/40 on the marsh. The sky all over the marsh last week ( 20/06/10) was alive, Swift, Swallows and a few House and Sand Martin feeding very well. Good bird watching Pete.

27th June 2010, Sunday

RSPB Dungeness sightings

The purple herons have been showing beautifully all weekend giving excellent views from the Hooker’s pits viewpoint and Denge Marsh hide. A bittern continued to boom regularly and on Saturday there was plenty of activity with three individuals seen in flight. At least six hobbies were seen and the red-footed falcon was spotted early on Saturday morning – this is actually a different bird than the one seen earlier in the month. A family party of bearded tits, several cuckoos, marsh harriers and three common tern chicks were also of note.

27th June 2010, Sunday

At last some moths!

At last, some decent catches on the Lime Kiln moth trap! Last night I had 49 species, and probably about 300 individuals, with the majority either Dark Arches (138) or Heart & Dart (42). Notable species included Ethmia bipunctella (not a great year for this rarity, but still getting a few), Synaphe punctalis and Obscure Wainscot. Yesterday a moth trap at Pestalozzi in Sedlescombe was also very fruitful, the highlights being Beautiful Golden Y and a splendid Blotched Emerald.
Blotched Emerald
Blotched Emerald at Sedlescombe yesterday

26th June 2010, Saturday

Elephant Hawk-moth

Elephant Hawk-moth adult
I found a caterpillar of Elephant Hawk-mothDeilephila elpenor on a Fuchsia on 18 Aug 2009. I fed it on Fuchsia until it pupated on 30 Aug 2009. The pupa has spent the winter in the garden shed and now the moth has finally emerged. It gets its common name from the caterpillars resemblance to an elephant’s trunk.
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