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11th April 2011, Monday

Its been a great few Days

It started on the 7th April, with a sighting of the escaped Golden Eagle which has been reported in the area a few times, in company with a Buzzard, that was in the morning, the same afternoon there was 2 Red Kites over Pear Tree Lane, all seen from my shop door way (in Little Common, Bexhill), but it never stopped there, the next day I had a Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine from the same place.
At Pett on Sunday morning, there was some movement with a number of Blackcaps, Chiff/Chaff, Swallows, Sand Martin, and my earliest Common Swift for years. Waders 13 Avocet, 2 Spotted Redshank.Other birds of interest 2 Buzzard,2 Marsh Harrier, 1Kingfisher. Not a bad few at all, good bird watching Pete.

11th April 2011, Monday

Pigeon-hawk

sparrowhawk
I took this photo this morning in St Leonards through my neighbour’s kitchen window. We both feed birds (although not quite in this way!) and often see this Sparrowhawk. During the winter it was hungry enough to spend about 5 minutes or so perched in a tree and circling my garden, hoping to flush out food. There’s a male around too. This is the third time in about 10 years that a sparrowhawk has found a meal in this spot.
From John Carter by e-mail.

11th April 2011, Monday

Rye Harbour Moths

Still relatively few moths in the Lime Kiln trap at the moment, though there have been one or two species which, while not what you would call uncommon, are unusual for the reserve. This has included a couple of March Tubic (Diurnea fagella) an early micro with wingless females (one of which was also found on the reserve recently), Blossom Underwing, a species which is at least a partial migrant, and Oak Nycteoline, a macro moth which looks very like some micros (certainly fooled me – I spent a couple of days looking in the micro section of the ‘Big Book of Moths’ before the penny dropped). All of these species have occurred only a handfull of times here, with the last at least 10 years ago.
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Blossom Underwing
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