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"Later identified from photographs"

A phrase often used in birding circles.  I can't seem to catch any moths at the moment-warm days, but challenging nights on the clifftop, but I have been amusing myself in the early hours by going through an archive of un-named moth photos on my computer. Mostly tricky tortrices, but this relatively easy one came to light-the Ermine Moth Yponomeuta irrorrela, caught in my previous house in Fairlight in August 2013.

Confirmed by county recorder Colin Pratt, there have been just a few E Sussex records of this proposed RDB 2 species: 4 at Rye in 2004, and one at Icklesham in 2013, just a few days before this one. There are just 3 West Sussex records, again one was just a few days before this one.


Wildlife Wonders

Iden and District Natural History Society talk on Friday 24th February, 7.30 at Iden Village Hall, is entitled "Iceland's Natural Wonders" by Colin Page.


Early moths!

Specifically, as a change from bird news, the first ever Early Moths (Theria primaria) for my garden in Rye today (see photo) and for Keith Palmer's in Playden yesterday, both males as the females are almost wingless. This species of old scrubby woodland, hawthorns, etc. flies in Jan–March and has been steadily declining in Sussex, so it's good to see it hasn't altogether abandoned this end of the county. We also trapped Pale Brindled Beauty, Dotted Border, Spring Usher, Beautiful Plume and the micro Agonopterix heracliana, so the season is off to a good start.


Talk on Local Marine Debris

Local Marine Debris: What is it and where does it come from?
Andy Dinsdale will be giving a talk on the above subject to the Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve next Saturday morning, 18th February, at 10.30am in All Saints Church Hall, All Saints Street, Old Town, Hastings, TN34 3BP.
Those of you have enjoyed Andy's talks in the past will know that he is a very enthusiastic and engaging speaker. I am sure that he will bring some examples of flotsam and jetsam along with him which will have been gathered during some of the regular beach cleans he organises in our local area.
Admission is free to Friends, otherwise £4.
Further information on the Friends' website: or Facebook page, or contact Jill Howell on: 01424 815256

From the Clfftop

Plenty of birds moving on Wednesday, including a few small groups of Brent heading east. I spotted a dark bird on the sea-a Great Skua,  pecking at some kind of floating corpse, watched from a few feet away by a Red Throated Diver. I wondered if it was another RTD the Skua had just killed, but will never know of course. I watched for about 20 minutes as more RTDs arrived to watch, eventually 6 encircled the still feeding Bonxie, then flew off.

I also caught my first moths for some weeks-a Satellite and a Pale Brindled Beauty.

Yesterday afternoon at least five adult Mediterranean Gulls were on the sea, suggesting the  arrival of the local breeders