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Rye Harbour Moths

It's always a slow start moth-wise at Rye Harbour, so it was good to get my first individuals of the year this morning. First out of the trap was this early thorn, immediately identifiable from other thorns by its resting posture, with wings upright and together like a butterfly. It's a common species but I don't get a huge number here, just the odd single thoughout the year. Not much else to report this morning, with a hebrew character and two early grey the only other moths, but the trap did contain my first great silver water beetle of the year, always good to see.


A big pipit

A large and long legged pipit on the fence just behind Ternery Pool needed a closer look. It looks like a Scandanavian Rock Pipit to me... 


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Purple Sands

Hythe is possibly just about in the RXwildlife area. Yesterday we added another species to our year lists by taking the 100 bus to see the wintering Purple Sandpipers. They frequent two "reefs" of imported rocks at the ends of Stade Street and Twiss Road. We couldn't see any on the Stade Street rocks but found two with 5 Turnstones at Twiss Road. Around high tide is said to be best, though the beach shelves steeply anyway. It's become a reliable and very accessible wintering site, the birds sometimes staying into May. For the latest bird (and moth) news, see which reported 3 at Twiss Road on 9th and one there with 3 at Stade Street on 3rd. That website also covers some good sites nearby, so you could make a day in that area.


Rye Harbour

Highlights today on the monthly WeBS (Wetland Bird Survey) included black-necked grebe on Long Pit, starting to show its summer plumage, red-breasted merganser on Harbour Farm, 65 avocet on the Beach Reserve and Harbour Farm and male wheatear near the red-roofed hut. In addition, at least 91 Sandwich tern were present, mainly on Flat Beach but with a fews roosting with around 100 oystercatcher and 35 golden plover on Ternery Pool, and a willow warbler was heard singing on Camber Golf course early in the morning. The warmer conditions are also starting encourage the insects, with small tortoiseshell and buff-tailed bumblebee on Harbour Farm and common green shieldbug at Lime Kiln Cottage.


Pett Level

The sea was flat calm and dotted with grebes and divers. The divers were flying both east and westwards and there were at least 33 Red-throated Divers present. There were also 120 Common Scoter and a few Great Crested Grebe.

Many of the Wigeon have now left and only about one hundred were still present. A male Garganey was asleep on the eastern edge of the eastern pool. There was also a single White-fronted Goose with the Greylags.

About ten Bearded Tit were present in the reeds and a Cetti's Warbler was in song. There were a few Meadow Pipits moving east and several small groups of Starling moved northwards.