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8th May 2012, Tuesday


Graeme Lyons, Michael Blencowe and Mat Davidson came over to Rye Harbour yesterday to record a podcast on the reserve. They spent the morning with Barry looking at birds, and then came with me to look at invertebrates. Highlight of the day (and one which I suspect will be diffcult to beat all year) were three male Pellenes tripunctatus, a rare jumping spider only occuring at three places in Britain and only dicovered here last year (actually a year ago today!). We also saw plenty of pale grass eggar caterpillars, and over 30 bombardier beetle!
Pellenes tripunctatus male
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8th May 2012, Tuesday

Beach Reserve

Plenty of action now at Ternery Pool with the first Black-headed Gull chicks yesterday. As long as the weather does not get too bad the wet conditions should help provide plenty of food in the nearby grazing fields. The drier conditions in recent years have not helped the success rate of fledged chicks. The bulk of the Sandwich Tern colony have now settled so there is increased activity with hundreds of birds flying around with fish. Little Tern presence has also picked up with 16 birds on Flat Beach this morning. Numbers of Common Tern and Mediterranean Gull are increasing and starting to settle as the season progresses.