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10:07AM

Rye Harbour

Highlights at Castle Water over the last two days have included up to five great white egret, marsh harrier, three each of black-tailed godwit and green sandpiper and this morning an adult little gull loafing with common and black-headed gull on the islands out from the Halpin Hide. Duck numbers are creeping up at the moment with around 150 wigeon, 60 teal and 30 shoveler present at Castle Water today, while a couple of pintail (almost adult male and immature) also put in an appearance. Elsewhere on the reserve it has been a little quiet, though yesterday a couple of brent goose passed by offshore, a red-throated diver was at the mouth of the Rother and Alan Parker and co. had whinchat (see the entry below). 

Insect activity is winding down at the moment though there are still a few species active, with red admiral, comma, migrant hawker (below) and common darter all seen yesterday at Castle Water/Castle Farm. Also on Castle Farm a brown hare was flushed near the Castle while on the Beach Reserve one or two common seal were bobbing close inshore early afternoon.

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