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Rye Harbour

Highlights this evening included spoonbill on the new saltmarsh, spotted redshank on the pool to the south-east of Harbour Farm Barns and at least five wheatear behind Ternery Pool. Also, several greenshank, snipe, whimbrel and common sandpiper on Salt Pool, yellow wagtail from the Denny Hide and four gannet offshore.


Toadflax brocade

An adult toadflax brocade moth, emerged from a pupa today.  This was one of the larvae found in our garden earlier in the summer.


Monthly Beach Clean

Our next monthly litter pick at Rye Harbour will be Wednesday 22 August; this time we will complete the Marine Conservation Society's litter survey, where every single piece of litter is identified and recorded within a survey area.

This information is vital for MCS to continue to campaign for less marine pollution, including banning balloon releases, reducing single-use plastics and encouraging fishing fleets to 'hold on to their tackle'!

To take part please meet at 10am at the Rye Harbour car park on Wednesday 22 August.


From the Clifftop

We have been away for a couple of weeks for a "Special Birthday " trip to the wonderful Cook Islands, still recovering from the flights !.

Naturally the moth trap was deployed straightaway on return , with good results despite some windy weather. I managed two new species for the house-the attractive micro. Evergestis extimalis, and, yesterday, a new macro for me, Dusky Hook-tip. Formerly a very rare immigrant, with just three county records by the end of the 20th Century, this species is now more regular, eg. five published records for 2014, but still a good one to see.

Not much to report birdwise- just a couple of Gannets during a fairly short seawatch, and a couple of Yellow Wagtails passing over early yesterday morning.


Death's Head

I took the 102 bus to Dungeness again today, got off at Boulderwall at about 10.30 and walked into the ARC car park. There, surrounded by a group of admirers, was a Death's Head Hawkmoth in a large box, only the second migrant one I've ever seen. It was impressive!  I understand it was found on a scaffold board this morning on a house being renovated in Lydd-on-Sea, and was being taken to the RSPB visitor centre and to the bird observatory. Pure luck that I was there at just the right time!  Birds on the reserve included 4 or 5 Garganey (in eclipse), 4 Wood Sandpipers and 4 Black Terns. And yes, the bus back did stop for me at Boulderwall.