January, 2012

Rye Meads

Rye Meads
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  • Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year everyone!

    I know I'm a little late with the best wishes, but I've had a couple of days off!
    So how have you all been? Recovered from the Christmas break?

    So before we start looking forward to 2012 I wanted to spend a couple of minutes thinking about some of the 'best bits' from the reserve last year!

    So in no particular order (and admittedly these are the best bits that I like, so feel free to add your own) here are the reserve best bits from 2011:

    • Two bitterns on the reserve - like this one that was showing off in January 2011 
        Fab picture by Cherry Wathall
    • We 'met' some of the staff and volunteers in the 'People of Rye Meads' blog series
    • We had TWO pairs of kingfishers breeding on the reserve! That's the first time in 10 years we had two pairs! They managed to successfully raise three brood between them.
        Fab kingfisher picture taken by Peter Hewitt
    • We had a great watervole season! They successfully raised young, and showed off all season! We even made them a feeding station!
        Great watervole picture by Keith Bedford
    • The kestrels successfully raised 4 young, in the box on the pylon in the car park
    • We had lovely views of a black necked grebe!
        This fabulous picture was taken by Margaret Nesbit
    • We had our first ever summer bittern *silly alert* For the whole story check out the whole blog here (please do it is quite funny! Alhtough this is a silly story, we have a serious point - bitterns are rare, but due to the fantastic work of the RSPB and other organisations these fabulous birds are doing well).
    • We had our first live music events at the reserve - Kate Doubleday performed
    • We have re-done our garden at the front of the visitor centre, it looks great!
    • We released about 1000 rudd into the lagoons on the reserve

        Picture by Keith Bedford

    • We had a very bold fox showing off

        Great picture by Keith Bedford

      So what were your highlights of 2011?
      Any thing different? Did you see something new?

  • So far in January 2012

    Hi everyone!

    How are you today?

    I just thought I would let you know what has been seen about so far this month.


    Long-tailed tit

    Visitor centre grounds
    Chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, long tailed tit, great tit, blue tit, robin, blackbird, wren, dunnock, magpie, green woodpecker and great spotted woodpecker.





    Fieldfare (illustration)Draper hide
    Shoveler, teal, gadwall, mallard, tufted duck, mute swan, little grebe, green woodpecker, green sandpiper, redwing, fieldfare, and sparrowhawk.






    Shelduck (illustration)Lagoons
    Pochard, mallard, gadwall, tufted duck, shoveler, teal, shelduck, little grebe, mute swan, canada goose, grey heron, coot, moorhen, black headed gull, common gull. lesser black backed gull, lapwing, snipe, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, and sparrowhawk.





    Meadow pipit (illustration)Warbler hide
    Grey heron, wood pigeon, stockdove, meadow pipit, peregrine, and buzzard flying over.





    Redwing (illustration)Trails
    Green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, magpie, crow, fieldfare, redwing, long tailed tit, great tit, blue tit, robin, blackbird, goldfinch, chaffinch, wren, starling, dunnock, cettis warbler and sparrowhawk. 

  • Wildlife highlights of the day - 9 January

    Afternoon all!

    How are you?

    It's been so mild at the moment! It really does feel like spring!
    There was a watervole out showing well over the weekend! They are meant to be underground at this time of year!

    There's been 46 lapwing over at the Tern hide, as well as 3 snipe, 1 green sandpiper, grey and pied wagtail and lots of duck! There was 123 teal at the Tern hide alone! Blimey!


    We've had some reportings of scaup at the Draper hide, but it's a female tufted duck that has white around her beak. They are very similar birds, but the one we've seen was a female tufted duck.

    Tufted duck female Female tufted duck

    Scaup - femaleFemale scaup


    See you soon,