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Rye Harbour

Best of the birds at Rye Harbour are still up to three spoonbill which have been showing well on salt pool (though they are absent occasionally and have taken to roosting on the leeward side of the islands meaning that they are only visible from certain angles), while there have also been up to three great white egret (yesterday on Long Pit with at least six little egret) and water rail at Castle Water. Raptors have included marsh harrier and buzzard at Castle Water and peregrine and merlin over the Beach Reserve and Harbour Farm. Waders are a bit thin on the ground with small numbers of black-tailed godwit at Castle Water and bar-tailed godwit, grey plover, small numbers of golden plover and the odd snipe on Harbour Farm/Beach Reserve.

Despite the increasingly autumnal weather some invertebrates are still hangin' in there, with red admiral and common darter (below) still on the wing. The moth trap catch at Lime Kiln has been much reduced since the halcyon days of mid-October, with the only moths recently narrow-winged grey and diamond-back moth. However, on Tuesday morning I did have great silver water beetle (possibly my latest ever) and the tiny fly spotted-wing drosophila, which is a new species for the reserve list.

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