How are you?
I'm very excited to tell you that the kingfishers at the Kingfisher hide have hatched! The adults were spotted taking fish into the bank!
It's a good time to see the kingfishers as the adults will be in and out of the bank every few minutes taking the hungry babies food!
I know everyone want to see kingfishers, so it can get quite busy in the hide... So please be nice and budge up if you are in the kide for a while and let someone else have a look!
This lovely picture is of one of the Rye Meads kingfishers, taken by visitor Peter Hewitt
If you would like the amazing opportunity to see kingfishers (and all the other lovely wildlife at the reserve) before our opening times have a read of this:
Rye Meads nature reserve is opening early for 10 lucky people on Sunday 8 July from 7-10 am, this opportunity for RSPB members only (or join on the day) will give you exclusive use of the reserve, including all the hides.
The kingfishers at the Kingfisher Hide have hatched, so you should get stunning views as the adults are taking fish into the bank every ten minutes or so!
Ideal for early morning bird watchers, photographers and families!
RSPB members we love you! You make sure that the RSPB's work continues, so this opportunity is just for you, to say thank you!
Book early as there are only 10 spaces! This fabulous deal, which includes free tea and coffee, is only £30 per person! Book and pay in advance. We are sorry but we are unable to return your money in the event of cancellation or bad weather. If kingfisher activity changes I'll let you know!
Over the last week the kestrels up at the Kingfisher hide have been showing off amazingly! Andy, one of our Roving Reserve Guides, even told me that over the weekend of Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June the kestrels were even out shining the kingfishers!
Over the weekend the 5 young kestrels in the box were showing off nicely, and were lookinglike they might fledging soon!
Have a look at these lovely pictures by Geoff Harries -
Can you see the five babies peaking out?
In this picture one of the babies is stretching its wings... Fledging time soon?
Keep your eyes out!
Joan Childs, our Site Manager, (see an interview with Joan here) had identified a hoverfly that I wanted to show you.
This is Orthonevra nobilis - a first record for the reserve! The are quite wide spread but they are declining.
All pictures by Joan!