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Fishwatching Hide

The Denny Hide has very few birds nearby (although the distant waders are OK with a telescope), but it's still worth a visit and there was a Whistling Duck there today (possibly Fulvous). However, look closer and into the water there are shoals of small fish - in the shallow water today were a thousand or so small Mullet and when I tapped my feet the shoal moved and some appeared to jump out of the water. But closer inspection and a blurry photo showed these to be prawns jumping out of the water backwards!

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Stinking hawk's-beard roundup

Another summer comes to an end so it is time to round-up what has been happening to one of our rarest plants, the stinking hawk's-beard Crepis foetida.  First the good news.  The plant has continued to thrive in Northiam, where there is now a substantial accidentally introduced population that has persisted over a decade, with varying fortunes.  This plant always feels like a catastrophe waiting to happen, and to be honest I was anticipating one this year, but numbers have increased to around 2750 plants, though so far seedling germinantion is late this year, so perhaps the anticipated crash will come next year.  The last crash occured in the wet summer of 2007 when seedlings appeared in very low numbers during the wet weather.  

At Rye Harbour LNR there was a

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This morning at the Denny Hide two Greenshanks gave great views catching small fish in front of the hide.


Allotment Wildlife

Yesterday morning was partly spent underground in Winchelsea, looking at the ship graffiti in Blackfriars Barn, and a couple of cellars. Emerging, we made our way to our allotment, noting quite a few Silver Y moths on garden lavendar and also Black Horehound. The light seemed very bright, even allowing for our time in the underworld.

There was  more Silver Y action  on our lavender -we have one bed planted with bee /insect attracting flowers- but more impressive was the large number of Common Darters.

These were perching on tops of bamboo canes and fences everywhere, one landed on top of Jill's head and had to be photographed. I didn't notice the bizarre eight wing effect  until I looked at the image on the computer screen- strong light needed to produce such a crisp shadows


Castle Water

Late news for yesterday, an Osprey in flight over the main pit at 7.15 was the highlight from a mornings birding at Castle Water, additional interest was provided by a Common Buzzard over Castle Farm, Kingfisher, 3 Garganey, 2 Greenshank, a Ruff, 300 Swallows and 2 Whinchat.