On Sunday 23rd October I came accross this dead shark on Camber Beach. I couldn’t quite believe it to start with as it’s not really what you expect to find at Camber. I e-mailed the photo to the Marine Conservation Society who have ID it as a juvenille Blue Shark. More info here. From Nikki Lambert, Mallydams RSPCA.
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Relatively sheltered hollows on the landward side of Camber dunes this afternoon revealed a Clouded Yellow, 3 Small Heaths, a Red Admiral, a Speckled Wood and a migrant Rush Veneer moth, while near the harbour master’s were single Whinchat and Wheatear. A male Ruddy Darter was settled by the small pool at the western end of Northpoint, and a male Migrant Hawker was cruising round my garden in North Salts as I came back in.
There are extensive areas of this shrub (Hippophae rhamnoides) on the dunes at Camber. It is thought that it was originally planted there to stabilise the sand (although it is a native to some parts of Britain). The berries are very tasty, rich in vitamin C and much sought after elsewhere in the world (click here), but I rarely hear of people eating them in Britain. I have eaten them much earlier in the year, but there are still masses on the bushes and today they were being eaten by a flock of about 100 mixed crows…
Yesterday, on his monthly WeBS count, John Trowell recorded a very late House Martin over Northpoint Pit, near Camber.
Following on from a recent note about the first Sussex record of the lesser water boatman Arctocorisa germari. We have just learnt of another, this time the lesser water boatman Sigara iactans was recorded from a pit at Camber in August 2005.
On our regular Sunday walk we explored the flowers around the edge of Rye Golf Course. There were spectacular displays of Pyramidal Orchids and many Six-spot Burnet Moths, as below.
200 White-fronted, 80 Barnacle Geese and an Avocet seen today by Pete Rouse
The Snow Bunting still at Pett Level in the muddy lay-by on the north side of the road immediately west of Pett Pools.
Also 4 Ruddy Duck on the roadside pool and 3 Barnacle Geese with Greylags and Canadas in the fields behind the pools.
ca. 45 Barnacle Geese with a blue morph Snow Goose at Scotney Court Gravel Pit.
Also a Dark-bellied Brent Goose and a Merlin there.
Black-necked Grebe still at Scotney Court Gravel Pit at the Sussex end close to the road. A Long-eared Owl at the usual roost at the Narrow Pit, Rye Harbour. An imm male Scaup, ca. 15 Velvet Scoter and 3 Eider on the sea from the sea wall opposite Pett Pools. Two adult White-fronted Geese on Pett Level with Greylag and Canada Geese.
(Paul James) www.sos.org.uk