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Holly Blues already

Yesterday Mary saw an exceptionally early Holly Blue in our garden in Rye, and today I saw one near Playden church. Looking at my first dates over the last 10 years, in 2012 my first was actually on 26th March but in all the other years the earliest was on 8th April. I had other early 'firsts' in March 2012, including a Small White on 15th, so they might now be on the wing too. The photo shows a Holly Blue with its wings partly open; usually it closes its wings when settled, showing the much plainer underwings than on the Common Blue.


Beach Reserve

..........another grand daybreak (shame the clocks are being tampered with this weekend), Harbour Farm came up trumps this morning with 2 Little Ringed Plover and Sedge Warbler.


Castle Water

Highlights yesterday and today, 2 Bittern (one booming), 10 Bearded Tits (four in front of the hide), 5 vocal Cetti's Warbler, 4 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 9 Chiffchaff and 3 Firecrest. Yesterday mid morning on the Beach Reserve, Merlin, Peregrine, 72 Golden Plover and 55 Knot.


Beach Reserve

...............rather splendid first few minutes of daybreak, nice to see 250+ Brent Geese departing Flat Beach where they roosted overnight and at least 300 Sandwich Terns were roosting at Ternery pool.




Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning, Short-eared Owl, 98 Avocet, 130 Sandwich Terns and several Wheatear.