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Late Swallows

Three Swallows flying NORTH (!) this afternoon near Rye Harbour village.



The website of the Sussex Ornithological Society had this report yesterday. "The COMMON CRANE was still present at the west end of Scotney Gravel Pits late morning. Viewed from the road it was left of the wind turbines in a green patch behind the stubble field." It had also been reported there on 9th.


Ash dieback is now a fact of life – what now?

I believe that Ash dieback has been found in the RX area, so Tony Whitbread's recent comments here are particularly relevant.


An Unusual Weevil

Over the last couple of years we have been carrying out pitfall trapping for invertebrates on the new saltmarsh on Harbour Farm to track the changes that occur in this new habitat as it matures. Yesterday I was going through some specimens from last year when I came across this unusual looking weevil. Turns out it is a granary weevil (Sitophilus granarius) also known as grain weevil or wheat weevil, and as the name suggests this species is actually a pest of stored grain! Apparently it's not unprecedented for this species to turn up outside, but it's still not usual, particularly when it is in the middle of a (re-created) saltmarsh!  


Rye Harbour

Highlights over the last couple of days on Flat Beach Level have included around 1000 golden plover, over 500 wigeon, 300 lapwing, 60+ dunlin, two pintail, ruff and brent goose. Elsewhere on the reserve 180 pochard were on Long Pit yesterday (along with a ferruginous duck lookalike hybrid), small numbers of rock pipit have been present on the saltmarsh near Lime Kiln Cottage and there have been two sightings of bittern at Castle Water (probably the same bird).  In addition, a black swan was present on Harbour Farm this morning.