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Jersey Tigers

This large dayflying moth was once very rare in UK, but for the last 20 years it has been fairly regular in the RX area. During the last week or so there have been two reports of singles in Rye Harbour village and one of two individuals at Castle Water. For info and photos see here.


Rye Harbour

Perfect conditions to check the Little Egret roost at dawn but only a disappointing 28 birds left the roost. It has become increasingly difficult to find all the egrets in one place since the main roost (which was easily viewed from the viewpoint) was disturbed several years ago, consequently there are now two possibly three roost sites used. Additional interest was provided by 2 Hobby, 3 Turtle Dove, 6 Common Sandpiper and 5 Green Sandpiper. On the Beach Reserve the sandpiper bonanza continued with the 5 Wood Sandpiper from yesterday still present on the pool west of the ''old lifeboat house'', 11 Green Sandpiper were also on the same pool with another 8 birds at Ternery Pool. In addition 5 Common Sandpiper were on the Quarry (Denny Hide) with an additional 6 birds spread around the various pools. Along the shore feeding waders included 19 Knot, 75 Curlew, 22 Sanderling and 40 Dunlin.




Mallydams Wood Open Day

This Saturday The RSPCA centre at Fairlight has its Open Day 10.30am - 4pm. With BBQ, stalls, refreshements, woodland walks & trails, woodland crafts and vists to their wildlife centre. Visit their Facebook page for more detail.


Beach Reserve

Highlights today have included 3 Wood Sandpiper, 8 Green Sandpiper and 2 Little Ringed Plover on Harbour Farm pools, Flat Beach flood and the Quarry viewed from the Denny Hide attracted a Little Stint, at least 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 8 Knot and good numbers of Dunlin and Ringed Plover. Wheatears are around in good numbers also with at least 17 birds around Shore Ridges and Harbour Farm.


Another declining bumblebee still occurs on Dungeness

Another uncommon bumblebee has turned up at Dungeness after a gap of a few years, this time the broken-belted bumblebee Bombus soroeensis.  Whether this is due to it's increase in abundance, or it having been missed is open to debate.

This insect is hard to identify.  The bee resembles a very small white-tailed bumblebee Bombus leucorum, one acid yellow band at the front of the thorax and on the second tergite (T2) of the abdomen but the abdomen band on T2 is supposed to be broken in the centre with black hairs, and to creep up the side of the body onto T1.  Another feature is that the white tail may have a peach coloured margin between the black and the white.  Neither of these characters is constant, in deed on the continent the species is often black bodied with a ginger tail!  The best way to tell for certain is to examine the structure of ther mandibles.

There are only two RX records, on on Lydd Ranges in 1998 and fours later on the RSPB reserve.  This week two more specimens have been found, one by Mike Edwards, near Lydd, the second by myself on the Dungeness RSPB reserve.  Neither specimen had the broken band, or

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