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You parasite!

I recently posted this image of a parasitic wasp which I caught in my shingle pitfalls last year on facebook. David Notton of the Natural History Museum identified it as a Macroteleia and suggested that I send it on to him for further identification. Well, I sent it off and today he came back with an id; it is Macroteleia brevigaster an egg parasite of bush crickets and previously only recorded twice in the UK, from Devon and the Isle of Wight, so this record extends its known distribution considerably. Rye Harbour really is a great place for an entomologist to work!


Beach Reserve

An Osprey checking out the channels on the new saltmarsh area rather stole the show this morning. Sadly I couldn't get any decent pictures, the best three (believe it or not) from about 30 pictures are below. Nice to get a few waders coming through now, the low water shore attracted 130 Dulinn, 8 Knot, 11 Sanderling, 3 Grey Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Curlew and 37 Ringed Plover.



Castle Water

The Great White Egret was again on the Bittern Excavations and the main pit, below are a couple of record shots (top one from this morning and the second from Tuesday). Eight Green Sandpiper, six Greenshank and Four Ruff were aslo of note.




From the Clifftop

A  nice mix this morning:  An overcast night boosted the moth trap species total to 19 species, including the new to me Pempelia genistella- a gorse feeder so not  too surprising here.

Birds included another Tree Pipit, just one Yellow Wagtail, and just one Willow Warbler [the one shown here is delicately picking aphids off Hogweed], a Little Egret flew W close in-I don't often see them west of Cliff End-and a Grey Heron east far out at sea.

Best, however was a group of 4 Harbour Porpoises-the calm and grey conditions being ideal for picking these up.


Beach Reserve

The Spoonbill is still present on the new saltmarsh area although can be hidden when feeding in the channels, nice flight views this morning and yesterday as the bird changed feeding places. Golden Plover numbers roosting on Flat Beach are gradually increasing with 95 birds present today. Wader highlights this morning included 6 Ruff, 19 Snipe and 5 Green Sandpiper (and later a Spotted Redshank). The regular Barn Owls, Kingfishers and 35 Meadow Pipits were also of note on Harbour Farm. Yesterday, at Castle Water a Great White Egret gave great views on the Bittern Excavations and three Peregrines provided aerial acrobatics over the main pit and Castle Farm.