Archive for May 29th, 2012

29th May 2012, Tuesday

Dragons & damsels at Iden Moat

Or to use its proper name, Mote Place, the remains of a spectacular moated medieval manor house west of Iden – wonderfully tranquil and full of wildlife. Today I counted c.30 White-legged Damselflies at their main local colony, almost all whitish immatures. 50+ Azures, mostly mature males, were on land but there were 200+ pairs on the water with the females egg-laying. Two Blue-tailed, 2 Variable and 4 Red-eyed plus 2 pairs in cop completed the damselflies, and dragons were 3 Hairy Hawkers, 3 Downy Emeralds and 2 Four-spotted Chasers. Additional species seen on the walk were 5 Large Red Damselflies and 5 Broad-bodied Chasers.

29th May 2012, Tuesday

Rye Harbour

Obviously highlights will reflect the fact that we are now mid way through the breeding season. Lapwing, Redshank, Avocet, Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover have all got young at various stages of growth on Harbour Farm and the Beach Reserve. Sadly many pairs of Avocet have failed due to predation, but failed pairs are still trying to nest on the islands on Harbour Farm. At least 24 Little Tern  have been present around shore ridges, the fine weather recently has certainly helped them get their act together and nesting pairs should become clearer over the next few days. Otherwise stand out highlights have been 9 Turnstone along shore ridges and 10 Little Egret feeding on flat beach. At Castle Water Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit and Barn Owl have been frequent from the viewpoint.

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Avocets this morning on Harbour Farm. Read the rest of this entry »

29th May 2012, Tuesday

Sea Pea and Sea Kale flowering

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29th May 2012, Tuesday

Islands full of chicks


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Now is the time with peak numbers of chicks on the new islands of Ternery Pool. The Black-headed gulls are hatching on most islands, although some early chicks are large and some pairs are still nest building. This nest is the closest – on the small island at the left hand end of the Parkes hide. Sandwich tern and Mediterranean gulls will also have small chicks, but they are much harder to see. Common terns are now settling in amongst the Black-headed gulls, benefitting from protection from crows and larger gulls. We have lost an island full of gull nests to fox or badger, so there is a constant threat to the chicks survival.