14th June 2012, Thursday

Rye Harbour Sightings

Highlights over the last couple of days have included roseate tern at Ternery Pool, 26 little tern and two cuckoo on Flat Beach Ridges, two grey partridge on Harbour Farm and peregrine, hobby and marsh harrier at Castle Water.
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Roseate tern (with metal ring) at Ternery Pool

14th June 2012, Thursday

Five weeks

When I arrived at the Parkes Hide this morning to hopefully get some last pictures of the five week old fledged Black-headed Gull it had gone. But before I left the hide it flew in being chased by several aggressive unfamiliar adults and made a rather hurried landing in the water near the nest. Not long after returning the youngster received a meal from one of the parents, so despite leaving the nest site for long periods it knows were to head for when food is needed. I don’t suppose I shall actually find out at which point the young bird is left to fend for itself. As previous posts have shown growing up on Ternery Pool is a bit of a lottery, I hope the youngster has  a winning ticket for the difficult weeks ahead.

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Arrived back at the nest site, although in rather a hurry. Read the rest of this entry »

14th June 2012, Thursday

Alarming

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Walking along several of the footpaths of the beach reserve and Rye Harbour farm is likely to bring you within mobbing range of many birds. Their alarm calls and constant flying around means you are disturbing their chicks. They need all the help they can, so please don’t stay too long. Most likely species are Avocet, Lapwing, Redshank and Ringed Plover, but any alarming bird should tell you to move away. Read the rest of this entry »

13th June 2012, Wednesday

What a surprise

My S.O.S News letter arrived by post this morning, and I started reading it,when I came to the heading Those Hastings Rarities again, so I   wondered what was happening now? When I came across my late brothers name looking back at me!, Alf Davis, and the story about the Wallcreeper he had seen at Ecclesbourne Glen ( which I missed as well), for a moment I was back there, I was thinking where we would go birding at the weekend, normally Pett and Rye. And lunch time in The Conqueror Pub in Rye Harbour, where we would meet up with the other local birders, Neil,Tim,Bob,Pat and Mary and many others who ever else was around at the time. Alf was a great laugh and even a better friend brother also my mentor, he got me interested in Wildlife, but birds was his main interest. It started off when we were young ( he was five years older than me) with The Observers Book of Birds, we use to test one another on what birds were what. They were good days, but sadly all gone, never to return, but memories are still very sharpe. So thankyou Pat for writing that report in the newsletter, and Pat you never said that was the second sighting of a Wallcreeper more or less in the same place, the first one was in The Hastings Rarities era. I hope to report on bird sightings soon when I see something to report, good bird watching Pete Rouse

13th June 2012, Wednesday

What happened next?

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Nature is cruel and everything is food for something else and watching a hunter hunting is fascinating. I could not resist a rare sunny afternoon to sit in the Parkes hide at Ternery Pool and watch the magnificent lesser black-backed gulls patrolling and looking for wayward and unprotected black-headed gull chicks. So, you know what to expect if you click on… Read the rest of this entry »

13th June 2012, Wednesday

Sea Ducks

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A moulting male eider has been around the river mouth for a few days, but has been difficult to view because of the contractors, but today it was swimming close along the shore. A long way offshore were a 100+ common scoter and a few fishing gannets. A summer plumage spotted redshank flew over the beach reserve. Last night the adult roseate tern roosted at the quarry.

12th June 2012, Tuesday

Compound eyes

I came across a female Emperor dragonfly this morning dormant, cold, wet and laying in the grass. It’s not often you get a chance to get close to these aerial masters, it was fasinating to see the way the water droplets on the eyes had magnified the surface showing a small proportion of the thousands of ommatidia.

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12th June 2012, Tuesday

English Star

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No, not a footballer, but a small flowering plant that can be found on the dry crest of many of the old shingle ridges south of Camber Castle. English Stonecrop is a delightful plant, once you get down on your hands and knees.
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12th June 2012, Tuesday

Jackdaws with colour rings

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As part of a national study of adult bird survival, the Rye Bay Ringing Group has started colour ringing Jackdaws. Each bird gets a white ring with a unique combination of 2 black letters/numbers read from the foot up. We would be very grateful for details of the ring, place and date of sightings. Contact pjones@wetlandtrust.org

11th June 2012, Monday

Castle Water

Highlights this morning included 38 Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 2 Hobby, Barn Owl, 150 Swift and 30 Swallow.