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Unusual visitor

This female Common Scoter was an unusual find feeding along the margin in front of the Denny Hide yesterday afternoon. The views of these birds normally at Rye harbour are distant flocks moving up and down the channel or sitting on the sea, so it was good to actually watch one up close. Hopefully the birds sojourn on the quarry does not indicate any prolonged weakness/illness, I could not see any signs of oiling!




Castle Water

Highlights this morning included at least 28 Bearded Tits, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail and a Common Buzzard.


Fascinating Fungi

Robert Lee sent in a couple of pictures of fungi and wrote: "It feels as though 2012 hasn't been a particularly good year for fungi yet. But on a walk through Bixley Woods this afternoon there were spectacular showings of fly agaric under the conifers. The one pictured was about 17cms across the cap and the same height.

Fly agaric

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Fishy Surprise

At the Quarry at Rye Harbour there are many Little Egrets feasting on abundant fish and a few Cormorants seem to be helping them... by herding fish into shallows where they are available for catching by the egrets. This morning there was activity in front of the Denny Hide and an egret caught quite a large mullet, then to my surprise a large Garfish (see second photo).

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Pett Level

A midday visit to the sea wall missed most of the finch movement, at least 150 Goldfinch however moved eastwards in six flocks. Earlier in the day there was a much heavier passage with finches going eastwards and Skylark (above) and Meadow Pipit going westwards. A late Hobby was busy catching Migrant Hawkers and the bushes still held many Blackcap, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff. Bearded Tit were very noisy with new arrivals at the pools and further up the valley. The pools themselves were very quiet, as was the sea.