Archive for November 27th, 2011

27th November 2011, Sunday

Shieldbugs

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Despite the colder weather there were still a few shieldbugs today and I found a Bronze Shieldbug (Troilus luridus – above) in Malthouse Wood sunning itself on a silver birch and yesterday I found a Green Shieldbug nymph (Palomena prasina) on a fence post around the same wood.

27th November 2011, Sunday

Short-eared Owl(s)

A Short-eared Owl was seen by Roy Gardner hunting on Harbour Farm to the west of the barns mid-afternoon, while what was undoubtedly a second bird was seen coming in off the sea a little later, before being mobbed by crows and going to ground near Ternery Pool.

27th November 2011, Sunday

Stickleback feast


There are large numbers of Three-spined Sticklebacks now in the saline water of the Quarry at Rye Harbour. These are attracting a range of fish eating birds, but especially Little Grebes that are often to be found fishing right in front of the Denny hide. The spines on the side of the fish have to be dealt with carefully, so there is usually some time to get photos… Other birds feeding on the fish there have been Goosander, Cormorant, Little Egret, Black-headed Gull and Redshank.

27th November 2011, Sunday

Galley Hill Birds

Lone Firecrest spotted in undergrowth on Galley Hill on 20/11/11.