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From the Clifftop

Another very cold morning today, but despite this a more varied selection of moths is coming to my Fairlight garden trap. This morning's list included this handsome Pebble Prominent, easily overlooked on the brick wall next to the trap, and a Purple Thorn. These are both species emerging earlier in Sussex  in recent  years, similarly   the Scalloped Hook-tip and Muslin Moth I've caught recently.

Birding remains dire, with very little moving at sea, and three walks through the Country Park over the Easter break revealing virtually no migrants, just single Wheatears, a couple of Whitethroats and the odd Swallow in. A singing male Stonechat was interesting though.


Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning.... 22 Whimbrel, 14 Common Terns, 2 Little Tern and 4 Yellow Wagtail.


Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

We have now moved our information centre from Lime Kiln Cottage to its temporary location in the grey cabins nearby. This is so we can develop the cottage site to be the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre. To help us with this large project we need views from people like you who have visited the old place and will be users of the new one in a few years time. Please consider completing the online survey by clicking here.



Clifftop Moths

There has not been a lot to say about moths for some time-an apparently endless series of clear cold nights limited catches to just a few common , hardy species. However it clouded over  last night and was obviously warmer when I went out to check the trap first thing. Much better, with 12 species including March Moth, Brindled Beauty, Lunar Marbled Brown, and 2 Frosted Greens [pictured], a species I've only caught once before-five years ago to the day in Hastings Country Park NR .

 House list now 300+ species since late May last year...


From the clifftop

Still pretty quiet on the Clifftop, lovely weather of late but still too cold at night for moths, and not much happening or misty at sea.

Howover a few things this morning-my first Twin-spotted Quaker here, and three black dots coming in from miles out at sea turned out to be Carrion Crows, a species rarely seen arriving like this and a good record, though I wouldn't have minded something more exciting ! These flew over our house and headed inland, a Redpoll also flew over-unusual at this time of year-as did several Med Gulls. A Willow Warbler sang nearby.