...Or maybe not!
Today was the day that we thought that the baby kingfishers would fledge, but they haven't yet! The young usually stay in the bank for 24-25 days after hatching, they hatched around the 7 May so it could be another couple of days.
Eep, when will it be? Who knows? We are taking bets - Keith (the volunteer that actually designed and built the bank) is thinking Wednesday morning, I think tomorrow... what do you think?
I will try and get on here as soon as we see any fledging activity!
The adults have been seen mating today, so its looking good for a second brood.
What has been seen at Rye Meads this month? Well... read below to find out:
Visitor Centre - kestrel, robin, blackbird, greenfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch, great tit, blue tit, dunnock, pheasant, whitethroat, great spotted woodpecker, song thrush, mallard, lapwing, swift, swallow, hobby, cuckoo, and turtle dove (first spotted on 17 May).
Draper hide - little ringed plover (we had three at one point, one pair and another bird. They kept visitors entertained for ages watching the three running round for hours - the pair trying to chase the other away), redshank, lapwing, dunlin (seen on 25 May), reed warbler, sedge warbler, gadwall, mallard, pochard, tufted duck, shelduck, shoveler, grey heron, little grebe, mute swan, cuckoo, Canada goose, barnacle goose (seen on 25 May), kestrel and buzzard (seen flying over on 30 May).
Ashby hide - little grebe, tufted duck, mallard, gadwall, pochard, grey heron, reed warbler, sedge warbler, and cettis warbler.
Lagoon hides (Tern and Gadwall hides) - pochard, tufted duck, mallard, gadwall, shelduck, shoveler, black headed gull, lesser black backed gull, cormorant, mute swan, little grebe, great crested grebe, coot, moorhen, and common tern.
Kingfisher hide - kingfisher, kestrel, crow, coot, moorhen, gadwall, mallard, tufted duck, Canada goose, robin, great tit, blue tit, chaffinch, blackcap, wren and muntjac deer.
Lapwing hide - wheatear (seen on 2 May), grasshopper warbler (seen on 1 and 2 May), sedge warbler, reed warbler, redshank, lapwing, pheasant, cuckoo, kestrel, hobby and grey heron.
Trails - white throat, lesser white throat, sedge warbler, reed warbler, cettis warbler, willow warbler, garden warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap, bullfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch, great tit, blue tit, robin, blackbird, swallow, swift, great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, moorhen, coot, Canada goose, fox, watervole (first seen on 15 May).
Butterflies - orange tip, small white, large white, brimstone, peacock, holly blue, small tortoiseshell, brown argus and speckled wood.
Dragonflies and damselflies - broad bodied chaser, four spotted chaser, a hawker (not sure which one, it went too quick!), banded demoiselles, azure damselflies, and large red damselflies.
This picture was taken yesterday (Sunday 30 May), its from the classrooms looking out at the feeding station...
This male pheasant kept us entertained for ages yesterday - it kept attacking its own reflection in the glass! We kept hearing this banging noise but couldn't work out what it was... until we saw him trying to scare off another male that was in his patch (or so he thought)! I was going to add a little film of him, but I fail at recording (I didn't press the right button!)
BBC 2's Springwatch is returning to our screens on Monday 31 May 8pm, on BBC Two. I wonder what they will see this year!
It's a great show, and I thought I would let you know there is a chance for you to explore nature with the RSPB! Over the weekend of 5 and 6 June is Springwatch with the RSPB. Here at Rye Meads we are going to have a fab free event over the whole weekend with people in a hide to show you what is about, pond dipping, minibeasting, trails for kids, walks and more! Its going to be a great weekend so you should come and see us!
Over the weekend there will be loads of stuff for the kids: trails, crafts and games all available all day. There will also be a volunteer in the hides on Saturday to show you what is about. We will also have pond dipping sessions, minibeasting session, and walks with a guide. These are all free but there are limited spaces for the pond dipping, minibeasting and the walk so please book (01992 708383).
Here are the times for the weekend:
Saturday Pond dipping 11 am-12 noon Minibeasting 12.30-1.30 pm Wildlife walk 2.30-3.30 pm Crafts, trail, games and a volunteer will be in the hide all day.
Sunday Minibeasting 11 am-12 noon Pond dipping 12.30-1.30 pm Wildlife walk 2.30-3.30 pm Crafts, trail and games will be available all day!
All the activities will be free, but please can you book for the pond dipping, minibeasting and walks - there are limited spaces!
It's going to be a good weekend, I'm going to be here, are you?