Archive for May 5th, 2012

5th May 2012, Saturday

Rye Harbour

Its been an incredible few days for waders around the reserve, 22 species so far. This morning 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff and 2 Curlew Sandpipers were feeding around the flooded fields at the northern  end of Castle Water. A Peregrine and 200+ Swallow were also of note. On the Beach Reserve the Kentish Plover showed well again very close to Lime Kiln Cottage, a good selection of waders are still feeding on the new saltmarsh area a Temminck’s Stint,  2 Little Ringed Plover and a Curlew Sandpiper provided additional interest this morning. More details on waders seen here by clicking here.


Kentish Plover this morning near Lime Kiln.

5th May 2012, Saturday


With this declining summer visitor so much in the news recently – click here I havent heard anyone question their food supply here in Britain. They specialise on eating hairy caterpillars and it is generally accepted that populations of moths have declined. Here at Rye Harbour the population of cuckoos is steady AND there are many hairy caterpillars available. Even in this cold wet weather it is easy to find two species of large hairy caterpillar on the shingle habitat – the irritating brown-tail moth and the nationally rare pale grass eggar – and it is easy to watch the cuckoos eating them… Read the rest of this entry »