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More Marbled Whites

Following from my previous posting about Marbled Whites at Northpoint and on the Rye Love Lane allotments, there was one in a garden at the top of Valley Park, Rye, on Friday, two on the Rye Harbour allotments and a pair mating at the Martello Tower, and today there were at least 20 scattered all along the Military Canal NE from Appledore where I've never seen them before, evidence of a continuing spread away from coastal shingle, sand and lime into non-specialised habitats inland as foreseen by the new book The Butterflies of Sussex: "colonies are increasingly encountered away from the chalk, in unimproved meadows, woodland rides and clearings, along road verges, disused railway lines and railway embankments, with these linear features probably acting as distribution arteries" - to which one may now add canal and river banks. Luckily they're very obvious, so it's worth looking out for them wherever you are.


From the Clifftop

The moth trap is dominated by Dark Arches at present, up to 30 a day. However this was a good one yesterday, the nicely marked micro Anania verbascalis , a scarce species declining in Sussex that I've caught once before in Hastings Country Park NR. The larval food plant is given as Great Mullein [hence the name] or Wood Sage, the latter is abundant on the Firehills following gorse clearance.


From the Clifftop

Plenty of moths in the trap this morning, but nothing of note. I spent some time afer this looking at the sea-ideal conditions, no wind and overcast. I was pleased to see my first Porpoise since March the 10th, and very surprised to see an Arctic Skua heading east, an early autumn bird presumably. Half a dozen Gannets flew past, as did 15 Common Scoters.


Some birds at last !

All of my recent posts have featured moths, so it was timely to have a long walk round Rye Harbour on Tuesday, and see some good birds.

First up was this first-summer Little Gull helpfully standing next to a BHG at Harbour Farm pools, these have become quite scarce in recent years. Nearby I heard a Grey Partridge, and flushed two more-first I've seen for a couple of years apart from a vagrant on Pett seawall earlier this summer. After admiring and photographing the nesting  Common Terns, I pressed on to Castle Water, where there were 2 LRP's, a Green Sandpiper and 5 Black -tailed Godwits. Nice to see a juv. Bearded Tit.


Scarlet Tiger in Hastings

I am often sent pictures of moths found in gardens to name, a pleasure to do. Usually they are quite common, but this Scarlet Tiger, found [and already identified] by Andrew Colquhoun and Stephanie Donaldson in their garden in Hastings two days ago, was a good record of a moth rarely recorded in East Sussex away its breeding sites in Friston Forest, Brighton and Eastbourne.