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From the Clifftop

Far too cold !  With these northerly winds there has been very little moving at sea, just 5 Whimbrel past this morning. It being slightly less cold last night I gave the moth trap a go, this morning there were five moths in it, including a Frosted Green. My garden year moth list is now a humble 40...


Rye Harbour

Nineteen people turned for a very early (and cold!) wader watch this morning. Highlight was bittern heard booming from the direction of Castle Water around dawn and a hobby which came in off the sea over the Beach Reserve before heading inland, while soon afterwards a pair of raven were spotted over Flat Beach and Harbour Farm and a little tern was heard calling in the same area. Also on Harbour Farm, a little ringed plover was found at the western end of Salt Pool and thirteen bar-tailed godwit, a grey plover and a whimbrel were present on the new saltmarsh. Passerines included wheatear, yellow wagtail, linnet, several whitethroat and a single lesser whitethroat at the close. All in all a very good mornings birding!


From the Clifftop

The moth trap finally got going after a warm night-16 species this morning including another Great Prominent, a Poplar Hawk and a White-point. While noting these I could hear a Cuckoo calling inland.

Yesterday was very quiet at sea, I thought today was going to be better when the first bird I saw was a Great Skua, however this wasn't the forerunner of a skua passage; it sat around on the sea, and nothing else came past...


From the Clifftop

Following a change of bulb in my Fairlight moth trap-now much brighter-I've caught a few new species despite chilly nights. These included a Great Prominent this morning, the largest moth so far this year. Yesterday saw the first dragonfly of the year for us-a newly emerged Large Red Damselfly round one of our small ponds.

Out at sea, an Arctic Skua yesterday enlivened a very quiet couple of hours, but more birds this morning: 48 Scoters, 20 Whimbrels and 50 Bar-tailed Godwits moved east-rather distantly, closer were my first 3 Swifts of the year passing east along the clifftop.


from the Clifftop

Having returned from a couple of weeks in much sunnier climes, I find it's still too cold-no moths at all. Quite a lot of seawatching turned up just one bird of interest-a Manx Shearwater going west this morning, only the third one I've seen here. Strong winds stopped spring movement, though 10 Common Scoters and few adult Med Gulls persevered, heading east. 30 + Fulmars flew west this morning.