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Rye Harbour

Highlights on the monthly WeBS (Wetland Bird Survey) count today were a first winter little gull on Long Pit (perhaps the bird which was present on the Quarry last Sunday), red-breasted merganser, two greenshank and a common sandpiper on Ternery Pool and a juvenile ruff on Flat Beach. Quite a few wheatears around at the moment, with several birds scattered about Harbour Farm and the Beach Reserve (including one which came within a foot or so of my head while trying to pick spiders off the webs on the mule!), one or two yellow wagtail and at least one whinchat (reported by a helpful birder). There were also around 50 Sandwich tern on Flat Beach and the odd common tern here and on Long Pit. As might be expected late in the season insect numbers are dropping off a bit, though we still managed a clouded yellow on Harbour Farm, brown-banded carder bee at Lime Kiln Cottage, and common darter and migrant hawker at various sites.

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