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The plant Marshmallow is now in full flower in many wet places across the RX area. It has been encouraged in several sites because it is home for the rare Marshmallow moth. A good place to see the flowers, including some plants over six feet tall is along the footpath at Castle Water just behind the industrial area.

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Vagrant Piercer

Highlight in my moth trap at Lime Kiln Cottage was a vagrant piercer (Cydia amplana), a migrant micro moth which first turned up in Britain in the early 1990s. This is only the second record for the reserve (the first, photograph below, was in 2010). Other 'goodies' were several rosy-streaked knot-horn, an oblique striped and a gorse knot-horn, an uncommon micro which has not been seen at Rye Harbour for about 10 years.

 Vagrant Piercer


Wild Carrot

 In their hundreds of thousands the large, white umbels of wild carrot are now covering the grassy banks between Rye Harbour village and Lime Kiln Cottage. They make a great place to watch insects and somewhere there is a great photo, but I couldn't find it today...  


Very Little Grebe

I was delighted this afternoon to find a pair of Little Grebe on Harbour Farm pools with at least three tiny recently hatched chicks. The ''wee chap'' in the picture below was separated from the adults for a short while and tried in vain to dive out of sight but was too fluffy and buoyant, all ended well with a lift on one of the parents back and then safety amongst the reeds.

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Rare Gull continued...

Report for Sunday on the Dungeness Bird Observatory website with photos - The bird of the day was a fine adult Sabine's Gull which spent about four hours on and around the shoreline and Patch during the morning before disappearing in the late afternoon. Other notable birds offshore included two adult Little Gulls mainly near the Patch, an Arctic Skua, an adult Yellow-legged Gull at the fishing boats and a juvenile Arctic Tern. There was also a steady westerly movement of Common Terns this evening.