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22nd March 2011, Tuesday

250 Med Gulls?

Regarding the 165 Mediterranean Gulls at Rye Harbour today, on Sunday I counted about 85 on the main Pannel Valley pool on which the islands have been cleared and re-shingled. They looked pretty settled, so can we add the numbers together?
[No – they are extremely mobile and a total would need a co-ordinated combined count, which is best done in early April – Barry]

22nd March 2011, Tuesday

Beach Reserve

At last a nice fog free morning to appreciate the low water shore, at least 150 Sandwich Tern were roosting and feeding waders included Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Grey Plover and Knot. A Common Hermit Crab provided additional interest, I think a Netted Dog-welk has provided the home for the crab. Also this morning 700 Golden Plover were roosting on Flat Beach and 165 Mediterranean Gull were on Ternery pool. At Lime Kiln a Little Ringed Plover passed overhead heading for Wader Pool.

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22nd March 2011, Tuesday

Rye Harbour Moths (at last!)

With the steady improvement in the weather of late I have bitten the bullet and started to run the moth trap at Lime Kiln Cottage. The catch has been typical for this time of year at Rye Harbour, with small numbers of Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and Clouded Drab making up the bulk, and this morning I also had an Early Grey and a slightly early Powdered Quaker. The highlight however has been one of my favourite moths, an Oak Beauty, a more or less annual catch at Rye Harbour in the last few years (though only as singletons).
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Oak Beauty
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