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Privet Hawkmoth

  From Christopher Strangeways by e-mail. This enormous moth was found this morning in Iden.


Strawberry Clover plus...


Midway between the size and colour of red and white clovers is the pink flowered strawberry clover, which is now in full bloom in damp grasland and being visited by bumblebess. This group is in the ditches at the northern end of Castle Water, but it is very widespread. It's the seedhead that resembles a strawberry....

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Feeding Terns

The breeding terns have all but finished, but there are still many common and Sandwich around. Today there was more tern feeding activity on the sea than I have seen all season. Among the common terns were several juveniles, as in photo above, and these must have come from another colony as ours have raised none. There were also gannets and great crested grebe feeding offshore so it looks like the fish have arrived... but too late for our nesting terns!


Rye Harbour

Avian highlights today and yesterday: At Castle Water 6 Marsh Harrier (2 female, 4 immature), 12 Bearded Tit, Common and Green Sandpipers, 3 Greenshank and 3 Garganey. On the Beach Reserve/Harbour Farm 10 Grey Partridge, 22 Avocet, 4 Grey Plover, 45 Dunlin, 16 Sanderling, 9 Whimbrel, Green and Common Sandpipers. Good numbers of Sandwich Tern are lingering around the flood on Flat Beach, Common Terns are hanging on with their breeding attempts on the Quarry viewed from Denny Hide.


Dark Sky

Last night's clear sky and early setting moon meant the sky was really dark and full of stars. So I set up my camera on a tripod and took a 30 second exposure to reveal even more stars! The RX area has fairly low levels of light pollution so the Milky Way is easy to see (below).

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