Archive for October 4th, 2011

4th October 2011, Tuesday

Dragons and buzzards on the marsh

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Spent a pleasant hour by the lake at Moneypenny (East Guldeford) yesterday morning searching for possible Willow Emerald damselflies (Lestes viridis). This is a very recent marginal colonist from the Continent, now present at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in Norfolk and at several sites in Suffolk. There’s a small colony in north Kent but I don’t know of any yet in Sussex. It’s a very late damselfly, quite robust, with a long green abdomen. A bit of a long shot!  But a dozen or more Migrant Hawkers (Aeshna mixta) were swarming round the reeds and willows, and here’s a photo of one. There were similar numbers of Common Darters and a glimpse of a very late blue damsel of some sort. Meanwhile a couple of Common Buzzards were circling low over the trees – I’ve seen several over the levels recently in such unexpected surroundings.

4th October 2011, Tuesday

Rye Harbour

Highlights this morning included 114 Ringed Plover, 280 Dunlin and 11 Knot on Camber Shore, 3 Arctic Terns were lingering at the River Mouth, a party of 11 Brent Geese were on Flat Beach Flood, several small flocks of Siskin passed overhead along Shore Ridges a few Wheatear were present on Harbour Farm. At Castle Water a Bittern gave flight views from the viewpoint and a total of 52 Little Egret departed the two roost sites.