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  • Blog Post: What's that strange brown mouldy thing?

    Slightly odd blog title I know... but we've had quite alot of questions recently about some brown things next to the path... so I thought I would do a blog post and explain all! Just over the first bridge along the edge of the path, and up the banks there are things that currently look like this...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update - 21 June 2012

    Hi all, Just thought I would let you know about the kingfishers - as I know that is what everybody like to see! Well, the pair at the Gadwall hide are still feeding young, we have had lovely views recently. Keep an eyey out as they have been investigating other holes - so they could be getting...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher Update 23 August 2011

    Afternoon everyone, Quick update on what is going on kingfisher wise... We are not completely sure what is going on with the kingfishers - but there is definately a pair on eggs at the kingfisher hide! Very exciting! Kingfisher by Peter Hewitt
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher news - 14 April

    Hi everyone, Sorry I haven't updated in a little while - it's the Easter holidays so we've been busy with childrens activities (more about that later)... But I had to tell you the exciting news... We just saw a change over at the kingfisher bank ! This means that they are sitting...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Wood sandpiper pictures

    Morning, We had some great views of the wood sandpiper yesterday! Have a look at these lovely pictures taken from the Draper Hide by Chris Lowe By Chris Lowe On the left is a green sandpiper and the wood sandpiper is on the right , by Chris Lowe In the second picture you can see a green...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update - 1st June

    Afternoon all! I hope that you are well! Did you have a good bank holiday weekend? As you've probably seen from my last blog the kingfisher's fledged! They fledged on Friday! Some lucky visitors were treated to some fantastic views of the kingfishers - the female was spotted leading three...
  • Blog Post: Waders - over the weekend

    Hello everyone, How are you today? I hope that you are well. I've been away for a couple of days, so I thought I would let you know what waders Joan (our Site Manager) spotted over the weekend! Keep your eyes pealed at the Draper hide as there were a couple of oystercatchers mating! I love...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update - 11 June 2012

    Morning all, How are you? Quick update on the two pairs of kingfishers! Lovely picture of one of the Rye Meads kingfishers by Peter Hewitt The pair at the Gadwall hide are feeding young still, although over the weekend they were investigating lots of the other holes in the bank - so perhaps...
  • Blog Post: Fledging kingfishers?

    Hi everyone... So this weekend is the weekend - we think that the kingfisher chicks will fledge! The chicks usually stay in the nest for 24-25 days before the fledge. Once out of the nest, the young are fed for only four days before the adult chases them off! Will they fledge this bank holiday...
  • Blog Post: What's about - 17, 18 and 19 December

    Afternoon, Just a quick blog to tell you what we've seen over the weekend and today. We've seen alot of wildfowl - teal , shelduck , shoveler , gadwall , mallard , pochard and tufted duck , as well as mute swan and Canada goose . We have seen (and heard) water rail , snipe and green sandpiper...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update 20 August 2012

    Good morning kingfisher fans! how are you? I just wanted to share a couple of pictures that a visitors took over the weekend. The kingfishers (from the Kingfisher Hide) are feeding young - which is very exciting as it is a good time to see these amazing birds! Over the weekend they were feeding...
  • Blog Post: Do the 'wag'gle dance!

    Morning all! We've had quite a few sightings of wagtail at the moment - great birds! They're called wagtail's as they do indeed wag their tails! Great picture of a grey wagtail by John Young Lovely shot of a pied wagtail by Tom Mason We great views of pied wagtails and...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher pair active!

    A pair of kingfishers are very active at the Kingfisher bank. Also, little egret on the wet meadow and a great crested grebe from the Tern Hide. Joan
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update 5 April

    Evening all! Third times a charm.... So this is not the first or the second, but the third time I have tried writing this blog today! Agh! I've been adding pictures and reducing the file size, or it will freak my computer out... After resizing the jpeg's I've been trying to close the photo...
  • Blog Post: We're staying open late this Sunday!

    Don't miss out! On Sunday 19 February we are going to be closing late ! You asked us to open later so the Draper and Lapwing hides will be open until 6.30pm ! John Bridges (rspb-images.com) No guarentees that the barn owls will be seen though! We stayed open late last weekend, and...
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers - so today is the day...

    ...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...
  • Blog Post: December Sightings

    Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a great Christmas! Don't forget your garden friends this Christmas - they will be hungry too! What's been about in December at Rye Meads? Well... Draper Hide Mallard, gadwall, crow, magpie, coot, moorhen, water rail, snipe, green sandpiper...
  • Blog Post: Waxwing flyby today!

    A waxwing flew over Rye Meads today (Saturday 8 December). Other bird news - one green sandpiper from the Tern Hide, one shelduck also from the Tern Hide, 24 teal displaying outside the Draper. And the sun is shining this afternoon! Joan Joan Childs, Site Manager
  • Blog Post: Wildlife highlights for today: Thursday 13 September

    Good afternoon everyone, how are you? Just wanted to do a quick up date about some of the wildlife highlights that have been about today... We've had brilliant views of: teal , shoveler , tufted duck , mallard , gadwall , mute swan , Canada geese , grey heron , cormorant , little grebe ...
  • Blog Post: Bittern?

    Good morning everyone! Just thought I would tell you that last week we had a possible bittern sighting! Woohoo! Keep an eye out and let us know if you see one! This picture was taken at last winter at the Kingfisher Hide by one of our regular visitors Peter Hewitt: Bittern picture taken by Peter...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update and weekend highlights (1 Sept 2012)

    Hello again! How are you? Just a quick email to give you a kingfisher update. The kingfishers are still feeding young at the moment. They are taking fish into the bank every 20-25 minutes or so. This is the best time to see kingfishers, once they've fledged the babies will hide away deep...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher fledging countdown...

    Good morning all! Wow, it's September already! How did that happen? The year is going so quickly! Anyhoo, how are you all today? It's going to be a lovely day again today - I hope you're all enjoying the weather! Anyway, kingfishers... So this weekend ( Saturday 4 September ) is...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher News!

    The kingfishers are doing their thing!!! Woohoo! The pair have been seen investigating the bank, and this morning they were seen mating! It looks good for this year! If you want to come and see the kingfishers the best time is when they are feeding young - keep your eyes on this community page, i'll...
  • Blog Post: Keep an eye out for kestrels

    Hi everyone, One of our usual breeding birds is the kestrel . We get great views of these fabulous birds of prey as they usually breed in one of the boxes that we have onsite - either on the pylon at the Kingfisher hide, by the car park, or maybe even in one of the owl boxes seen from the Draper hide...