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The kingfisher from the Kingfisher hide fledged on 24 May.Have a look at these stunning shots from Dave Mardle:
Amazing picture by Dave Mardle
This picture is one of the adults feeding the young! By Dave Mardle
The kingfishers are now getting ready for their second brood. The young have gone now, they get fed for a couple of days but then they have to find their own territory!
The pair at the Gadwall hide should be nearly ready to hatch! They should hatch sometime over the weekend/ Jubilee bank holiday! Keep an eye out for fish being taken into to bank for the hungry young.
Keep your eyes pealed!
Don't miss out on the fabulous event coming up - things to do this half term!
Springwatch with the RSPBCome along and enjoy pond dipping, minibesting, a fabulous walk, crafts, trails and more over the weekend Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June. Click here for more details!
Don't miss Steve Kershaw's fabulous art display from Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 June. The title is "Wonderful Wetlands, an Artists Perspective" - you can even meet the artist and see how he creates his work. Paintings, prints and gift cards will be on sale as well as a specially printed book. Steve has kindly offered to give Rye Meads a donation from any sales towards the work of the RSPB, so please come along! Click here for more information.
Join in our Jubilee Celebrations and help us make Bug-ingham Palace! It will be a hands on event for youngsters. We’ll be building a bug hotel throughout the day to make a great home for lots of insects, which will help provide natural food for the birds at Rye Meads. We’ll be christening it ‘Bug-ingham Palace’ in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee. Pop in any time between 11am – 3 pm and add a piece to the palace! You can bring your own, or use our materials. Click here for more information!
Our first brood of kingfishers has fledged from the bank opposite the kingfisher hide. We watched the fledglings sitting in the entrance to their nest hole, and five were counted out. There may still be one to emerge. There is still plenty of activity visible from the hide. Last year the kingfishers in this nest bank had three broods, so there should continue to be activity here through the summer, fingers crossed! Kingfishers are also nesting in the bank from the Gadwall Hide.
Joan, Site Manager