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Avian highlights

Avian highlights from the Beach Reserve over the past few days included 28 Little Tern on flat beach, Harbour Farm pools attracted 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Little Ringed Plover, 17 Avocet and a Green Sandpiper. Two Cuckoo and several Grey Partridge have been regular along the shingle ridges near Ternery Pool and a Peregrine passed overhead yesterday. Despite all the bullying and killing there are some peacefull moments.



There has been a large emergence of Common Darter dragonflies over the past few days around Harbour Farm and at Castle Water. The less common (here anyway) Ruddy Darter are also on the wing now, copulating/ovipositing pairs seem to be favouring the new pools and scrapes on Harbour Farm.

Female Common Darter




Ringed Plover v Common Tern

In this photo (also from the Denny hide) there are 2 common terns and 2 ringed plovers. The right hand tern was trying to make its nest too close to the plover's - you can see the plover eggs to left of that tern. So the ringed plovers attacked the intruder and eventully saw it off.


Oystercatcher v Herring Gull

Sit in a hide at Rye Harbour for half an hour and you will probably see some fighting, bullying and even predation. At the Denny hide today a herring gull swooped down and took an oystercatcher chick but its battling parents made no difference... the herring gull won 1:0.



I came across several of these rather nice solitary bees while looking for Limobius mixtus at Castle Water yesterday. My attention  was drawn to them by their high pitched buzz and striking green eyes.