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Blackcaps at fat balls

This morning, both a male and a female Blackcap have been pecking at the fat balls in my garden in Rye. BWP mentions bird tables as food sources in winter when insects and berries are scarce. There's also the odd Redwing about, plus our regular male Bullfinch.


Winter Marbles

Winter can be a good time to find evidence of last year's gall wasps on the now leafless trees. Andricus kollari is known as the Marble Gall. It is hard to the touch and can persist on oaks long after the adults have emerged, leaving very neat exit holes. It is especially common on young oaks. This photo is from Rye Hill near the entrance to the Cemetery where the old empty galls were noted again today.


Local Jackdaws?

In 2012 Rye Bay Ringing Group ringed more than 500 Jackdaws on Elms Farm between Icklesham and Winchelsea. Each one was given an individually numbered white darvic-type ring with two black characters. These are legible in the field with the aid of binoculars or a telescope. This is part of a long term BTO national survey into survival of adult birds.

Only one of these birds has been reported since. We would be very grateful for any records (darvic number, place, date and time).

Please send them to or


Sussex Wildlife Trust now sponsoring RX Wildlife.

We have a new sponsor for the website. Sussex Wildlife Trust is the leading nature conservation organisation covering East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

The Trust manage four nature reserves in the RX area - Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Flatropers Wood, Filsham Reedbed and Marline Valley. They are also running a number of courses in the area during the year, go to their courses page to find out more.

Also welcome to SWT Reserves Officer Alice Parfitt as a new author to the website.


East Guldeford Levels

A lovely blue sky and frosty morning, freezing the muddy paths nicely.  There were clearly more birds on the levels than of late, with 300 Lapwings and 250 Golden Plovers most obvious, about 15 Curlews was typical, but a singing Dunlin was a first.

This is a good place for raptors, with two good ones today, a ringtail Hen Harrier and a female Merlin; also a Buzzard and a Marsh Harrier.

Farmland birds were represented by Skylarks only, but a good number, with 15 in ploughed fields and a nice flock of 70 in stubble.  There were no Corn Buntings today, and no Linnets- I haven't recorded Linnet anywhere yet this year , despite some pretty intensive searching,the last few days in particular. Where are they ?