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  • Blog Post: Update 22 September 2014

    Hi all Popped out to the Draper and Gadwall hides this morning, and thought i would update you on what was about. Snipe numbers are increasing with 58 at Gadwall hide and a further 3 from Draper. Water rail at both locations with the patches of reed to the right of the Gadwall hide a popular place...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update 19 August 2014

    Hello All Great news! The third brood of kingfishers have fledged. Unfortunately they were a bit sneaky and fledged early Monday morning or Sunday evening. Fish were seen going in the bank Sunday morning but for the rest of the day the adults were taking no fish in. Monday no fish went in to the bank...
  • Blog Post: Black-necked and black-tailed

    Hello All Today was the day for the draw of the raffle for Steve Kershaw's black -necked grebe painting and the lucky winner is Cathy Sears. Steve will be presenting the painting to Cathy on Friday. If you have not managed to come by and see the black-necked grebes our remaining juvenile black...
  • Blog Post: 50 Shades of Orange!

    Hello All As you are aware our pair of kingfishers are currently feeding the young on their 3rd brood! Hurrah. The eggs hatched about a week ago, so they are due to fledge around the 20 August. This is quite an early end to the breeding season for them as they started their first brood early in the...
  • Blog Post: second brood fledging update

    Hi All Three more kingfisher chicks were seen fledging the burrow yesterday. So a total of 5 chicks fledged for the second brood and brood 3 is well under way. thanks vicky
  • Blog Post: 2nd brood fledging!

    Hello All Just a quick update as our second brood of kingfishers have been seen fledging today! Two young have been seen emerging from the far right hole in the middle row. Kingfishers normally have 6-7 young per brood so we expect more to fledge tomorrow. In other news. When i popped in the gadwall...
  • Blog Post: Today's news. 18 June 2014

    Hello All Just a brief update today. Well there has been plenty of activity at the kingfisher bank this morning. Not only have the adults been taking fish in to the young but they have also been going in and out of another hole! Are they getting ready for a third brood already? Looks possible,...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update 16 June 2014

    Hello all 3 fish have been see going in to the bank this morning so we defiantly have chicks, hurrah. thanks vicky
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers update

    Hello All Ohhh, things are looking good from the kingfisher bank. Initial signs look like our second brood have hatched, we will keep an eye out for a fish going in to confirm, but all signs look positive. So if you are visiting today or tomorrow keep us posted on what activity you see at the bank...
  • Blog Post: Fledging Day Part 2!

    Hello All Today we had 4 young kingfishers sitting well hidden in some bushes near to the bank. Weather theses were 2 from yesterday and 2 more today or all four fledged today and yesterdays had move off from the immediate environs i am afraid we may never now. But by this afternoon we were sure there...
  • Blog Post: Fledging day today!

    Hello All Our first brood of kingfishers is fledging, yey! At least 2 young have been seen emerging from the nest so far, lovely to see thanks vicky
  • Blog Post: Fledging day?

    Hello All It's fledging day for our first brood of kingfishers , however they weren't very keen maybe beacause of all this wind and rain. So we will keep an eye out tomorrow as well, but may have more luck as the weather improves. The young will fledge in the morning but it is very varied...
  • Blog Post: Todays sightings and Kingfisher update

    Hello All Despite it being a bit of a grey and chilly day there has still been plenty of happenings on site. The kingfishers continue to give good shows and are still investigation the favoured burrow, there was even a bit of mating going on! So as the first brood is not due to fledge until 13...
  • Blog Post: Migration in action and Kingfisher update

    Hello All I managed to get out on the reserve yesterday to carry out a count and see what goodies the spring migration has bought in and i was not disappointed. Which was good especially as i had missed the 2 C ommon Crane that stopped off in the meadow for an hour over the weekend and took off over...
  • Blog Post: Thank you!

    Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone that helped out with organising, running and clearing away after funday last Monday, and all those who came along to support us on the day. We had a lovely day and even the weather was kind to us! It was nice to welcome so many new faces onto the reserve...
  • Blog Post: This week 22 - 28 March 2014

    Hello All This week there contiued to be signs of spring passage with highlights being a first year male Marsh Harrier on 22 and 23 March. We were hoping this may be the return of the femle that spent the summer with us last year but sadly this was not to be and he did not hang around beyond the weekend...
  • Blog Post: My first sand martin of 2014 and other sightings!

    Hello All Well what a lovely weekend we had, i hope you managed to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Many of you managed to come down and see us with over 200 visitors on sunday who were rewarded not just with beautiful sunshine but a kingfisher show as well, with the pair mating outside the bank. This...
  • Blog Post: Snipe, Snipe and Snipe

    Hello once again. It is well worth coming down to Rye Meads in the next few days to see the Snipe on Lagoon 1. Over the weekend there were 75! earlier in the week numbers were being reported in the 50's and 60's and today i have counted 92 !!!!!!. There is not much vegetation on the islands...
  • Blog Post: Yesterday and Today

    Hello again As the volunteers were meeting up in the compound next to the visitor centre and gathering tools for the work party yesterday i was distracted by a large moth flying past fortunatly it landed on the fence and i was able to get a picture and identify it. This lovely moth is a red...
  • Blog Post: Cute and Crawley

    Hello As many of you know there are 11 Water Buffalo grazing the flood meadow on the HMWT part of the reserve. Well there is now a new edition with a baby born over the weekend. Fortunatly a large part of the meadow was cut last friday allowing good views of the calf when the herd is grazing that...
  • Blog Post: The weekend at Rye Meads

    Bird sightings this bank holiday included: little egret, green sandpiper, house martin, lesser black-backed gull, teal, heron, greenshank, great spotted woodpecker, kestrel, sparrowhawk, common tern and kingfisher. The kingfisher family were very elusive this weekend but were sighted a couple of times...
  • Blog Post: Warblers, rafts and water vole

    Hello Well today is all about the warblers. As i stepped out on to the reserve with no binoculars (as i was heading out to meet up with the work party) it was a warbler morning. Before i had even reached the Draper hide there was black cap , a couple of white throat , garden warbler , couple of chiff...
  • Blog Post: Friday

    straw underwing Hurrah finally sorted and i can now blog. The below was my first attempted post on friday. Hello. I have just set myself up on the blog and this is my first post so please bear with me if it all goes horribly wrong. I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine and have been visiting...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher news July 31st 2013

    The kingfishers have fledged over the weekend. They are now sitting on their third brood of eggs. Woohoo!
  • Blog Post: Rye Meads kingfishers

    The resident pair are currently busy feeding up their second brood ready to fly the nest. Over the weekend they have been showing every half an hour or so so it's a great time for sightings! Bernie Morgan kindly sent us this picture of the fledglings from the first brood feeding just before they...