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East Guldeford Levels

We have been in Brittany for a couple of weeks [some nice moth trapping ]  arriving back to  chilly nights , so no moths to report from the Clifftop yet. Recent birds have included my first Red-throated Divers of the autumn, and a Mistle Thrush in off the sea, but this morning's visit to EGL was my first proper foray.

Rough-legged Buzzards are turning up now so I was on the lookout for one of these, no luck but a good second best was a fine male Hen Harrier, these are also being widely reported now, but I rarely see them, especially males. A Yellowhammer was an unusual bird for EGL, but otherwise things were fairly routine: 10 Corn Buntings, 10 Tree Sparrows, four Ravens, at least 50 Skylarks and a good count of 180 Stock Doves.


Rye Harbour

The spoonbill has still been present on salt pool and yesterday was joined by a second bird, with both giving good views from the top of the sea-defence near the caravan park. There was also a flock of around 60 golden plover here and a merlin was seen at the western end of this field (with another nearby the previous day). Also on Harbour Farm a spotted redshank has been heard calling in the field next to Lime Kiln though so far has remained unseen, while raven has been spotted on several occasions. At Castle Water there has been regular great white egret, marsh harrier and buzzard, though no sign recently of the cattle egret which was feeding on the grassland of Castle Farm last week. 


Monthly Beach Clean

Tomorrow, Wednesday 24th October, is our monthly volunteer beach clean at Rye Harbour. 

If you'd like to join us for a stroll, a chat, a look at wildlife and to help keep our marine environment clear of litter, please meet at the Rye Harbour car park at 10am.



And still they come!

The good run of moths continues this week, with a Radford's flame shoulder (below) in the Lime Kiln trap on Monday morning. Normally found in southern Europe and North Africa, this rare immigrant species was first recorded in the UK at Walberton in Sussex in 1983 and has still only been caught here in relatively small numbers in the south and west of the country. There seem to have been a few around in the UK this year, with one or two in Sussex and quite a few in the south-west (Portland Bird Observatory had five in one night!) but this is the first reserve record and the first time one has ever been caught on a Sussex Wildlife Trust reserve.

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Moths at the National Trust

With the nights getting cooler so the moth numbers start to drop, but we are still getting some interesting ones, and ones that are new for our site. Amongst the many lunar underwings last week we also saw a Bloxworth snout (not in the trap, I just happened to disturb it), an L-album wainscot and a feathered brindle , all of which are nationally scarce. We also had our first ever delicate and large wainscot.

Michael Howard, Ranger, National Trust

Bloxworth Snout


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