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Rye Waxwings

Yesterday afternoon Phil Jones saw 5 Waxwings in the tree with red fruits in Market Road, Rye. When I got there (after a meeting in Rye) they could not be seen... but there are still lots of berries waiting for them!


Wildlife Courses

The Sussex Wildlife Trust organise many one day courses on a range of wildlife topics across the county. In the program there are several in the RX area:

Wading birds at Rye Harbour - 9 May

Spider identification workshop at Hastings Country Park - 18 May

Coastal habitat management at Rye Harbour - 23 May

Introduction to shingle invertebrates at Rye Harbour - 8 June

The ecology and identification of bumblebess at Rye Harbour - 28 July

Grasshoppers, bush crickets, crickets and groundhoppers at Hastings Country Park - 17 August

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Rock-a-Nore Seabirds

An excellent seawatch for just over an hour this morning started with 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls flying along the beach as I pulled into the carpark. There was a steady easterly passage of the "usual suspects"-25 Red Throated Divers, 90 auk sp, 21 Gannets and three Kittiwakes, all heading east, but also two real surprises going the same way- a Great Skua, and three redhead Smew. The Smew were close in, just off the breakwater, I think the first ones I've seen on a seawatch- and a local patch tick for me .


Blackcaps and Fieldfares


Male and female Blackcaps were back in our garden in Rye today. The male especially kept coming back to the fat balls, a good reason to get the camera out. (Sorry about the poor photo but he was at the far end of the garden.)  Also of interest, a flight of maybe 100+ Fieldfares came over the town from the east side of the Rother this afternoon, the largest flock I've seen all winter.




The Wigeon are hungry and want to graze the grassland

My phone says the temperature reached the dizzy heights of 5degC today, but it didn't feel like it at Castle Water with an easterly wind. There was more ice free water than yesterday. It was my first day out with my telephoto this year and a few birds obliged.

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