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1:00PM

March(ing) Tiger

The thing I learnt  today is -  some Tiger moth caterpillars overwinter and are active in early Spring, before pupating and emerging in Summer. I recently saw a blackish caterpillar walking across the shore road, but couldn't stop... but today I saw another and did stop and take a phone photo. It was about 35mm long and probably a Cream-spot Tiger Moth that likes open grassy places in the southern half of UK.

7:16AM

Rye Harbour

A mixed bag again this week on the old weather front which of course has an impact on avian highlights. Yesterday was probably the best day producing counts of 110 Sandwich Terns and 28 Mediterranean Gulls at Ternery Pool (the meds at around 9am Phil) and at least 58 Avocet were present on Harbour Farm Pools. The main Black-headed Gull activity is on the quarry at the moment which is viewed from Denny Hide, there are smaller colonies forming on several islands on Harbour Farm and at Castle Water which has left Ternery Pool rather empty, but it's early days yet? Little Ringed Plovers arrived early in the week with birds present on Harbour Farm and at Castle Water, 5 Ruff, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and Green Sandpiper were also of note. Bittern activity at Castle Water this week has been interesting with at least two birds present on several days, and two booming males yesterday. The booming sequences are not fantastic quality at the moment, the male that has been booming infront of the viewpoint has produced the best sequences and are easily heard from the platform. The two pairs of Marsh Harriers continue giving great views, while Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff and Water Rail provide backing vocals.  '' That's all folks!'' ( cue Porky Pig).

 

5:37AM

Green Shield Bug

Leaving our house in Fairlight for a rather challenging day at Dungeness yesterday, I was surprised to see a rain spattered shieldbug by the porch. I didn't recognise this brown bug, but a look at the excellent FSC guide showed it to be a Green Shield Bug.  Apparently these familiar green garden insects turn brown in autumn prior to hibernation, from which I suppose it had recently emerged.

12:17PM

Old Ports

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7:33AM

Iden & District Natural History Society

The Iden & District Natural History Society's final meeting of the season (and AGM) is on Friday 27th March, 7.30 p.m., at Iden Village Hall. Their Chairman Melvin Smith will be presenting a topical slide show entitled "Wild Flowers of Spring".  (photo: Coltsfoot - flowering now)