Archive for June 6th, 2012
This bird was first ringed on 23 Nov 1994 at Totton, Southampton Water, Hampshire then re-trapped and re-ringed on 30 December 2000 at Marchwood, Southampton Water and colour-ringed. It has been seen at Rye Harbour breeding in May 2010, July 2011 and June 2012. So this bird is close to 20 years old (or older) let’s hope it keeps coming for some years to come. Its territory is right next to the new saltmarsh creek at Lime Kiln Cottage, so it’s easy to see.
Caddisflies (Trichoptera) don’t often get a look-in on this site but this one’s a bit special, dwarfing most of the moths in my trap in Rye this morning. The pot lid is 5 cm (2 inches) across. There are nearly 200 British species and Phryganea grandis is the biggest – this is the larger female. Although they fly deceptively like moths, there are many differences such as hairs rather than scales on the wings, palps on the head and no proboscis for feeding. It’s on the Rye Harbour list but I don’t know how common or widespread this species is in Sussex.