This afternoon a Spotted crake (Porzana porzana) has been sighted from the Draper hide!
To give as many people as possible the chance to view this rare and often elusive bird, we will be staying open later this evening. Access will be through the front gate as normal, and then round to the right hand side of the visitor centre, as the building will be locked as normal. The first (Draper) hide will be open and manned by our site manager but access to anywhere else on the reserve will not be permitted. We expect to stay open at least for a couple of extra hours, until everyone that wants to has called in. I hope you will all come down and make the most of this opportunity, and donations for the reserve will be gratefully received.
Many thanks and happy viewing!
A Spotted crake (not pictured at Rye Meads) - Jeroen Stel
What a lovely day to be be out.
A good count of 11 green sandpipers on the Draper scrape this morning which had increased to 12 this afternoon. Also on the Draper today a little egret, grey heron, 4 lapwing, some recently fledged common terns along with a little grebe family.
The water voles are eating us out of house and home with the apples put out yesterday all gone bar a few bits of skin left on the platform. Plenty of butterfly and dragonfly activity today as well with brown hawkers zipping around, speckled wood, peacock, common blue, small tortoiseshell, and common blue damselfly to name a few.
The volunteer work party was working near the Ashby hide today and i had a look in the raised pond and found loads of caddis larvae in various cases, along with water boatman, back swimmers, water shrimp, pond skaters and water beetles. The caddis were very active and i managed to capture a video
If you are interested in pond creatures and minibeasts we have a range of activity days over the next month allowing you to delve in to Rye Meads (30 July, 7, 18, 19 and 25 August) see events page www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/r/ryemeads/events.aspx for more information or ring the reserve on 01992 708383.
After a couple of queries, i thought i would pop out today and see if we had any raspberry clearwings this year, boy do we!
I put the pheromone lure up near to the raspberry and blackberry patch next to the ramp as you go up to the tern and gadwall hides. With in 2 minutes i had 3 raspberry clearwings around the pheromone, and then they just descended i can't ever remember so many coming so quickly! In less than 10 minutes i had potted up 10 and number 11 was buzzing round the pheromone and i am sure i missed a couple of others. A fabulous 10 minutes!
I even managed 1 red tipped clearwing despite it being a bit late for them (peak is June)
So if you are interested in moths, now is a really good time to come look for raspberry clearwing.