The last few days have seen a flurry of migrant activity here at Rye Meads. With the Draper scrape being the most popular spot with 3 common sandpipers (still 2 yesterday) 2 dunlin, little ringed plover, oystercatcher and greenshank. We also had a report of a nightingale singing intermittently near the hide on the 10th. A lesser whitethroat has also been staking his territory and signing well to the left of the scrape.
Our kingfishers are going from strength to strength with the adults busy feeding the young of the first brood which is due to fledge around the 26 May. The pair have also started investigating other holes and were seen mating yesterday, so all looks good for a second brood!
Hi all, Debs here.
Just a little post for those of you that don't already know, to say that I am leaving Rye Meads and that tomorrow will be my last day as Visitor Experience Officer here on the reserve.
I wanted to thank you all for making my time here so enjoyable, for always stopping by the office for a chat, for sending me photos of animals out on the reserve (that I've been trying to spot for days!) and for coming along and supporting all of our events and activities and making them so much fun.
I will really miss our little reserve, and I hope it will continue to grow and develop as time goes on, and keep providing a lovely place for wildlife to live. I am heading to Canada imminently on the hunt of Orca whales, but hopefully I'll be back to visit before too long!
However, never fear, as today we had some new arrivals which I'm sure will more than replace me! (See below).
Take care everybody and see you around!
Oh and p.s. Litter pick is on tomorrow from 11 am. All assistance welcome and encouraged! Please please please come along and join in, the more the merrier! Thanks a lot :-)
Rye Meads Ringing Group - Nestbox watch
An update on our ringing event on Saturday 14 May.. this has now been moved to the new date of Saturday 21 May to accommodate for the majority of birds being old enough to ring on the day. Many apologies for any inconvenience and we hope to see many of you there. The time remains the same, 1 - 3 pm.
Photographic workshop - Saturday 30 April
1 space remaining on this all day workshop on Saturday with professional photographer Tom Mason. Call 01992 708381 or email email@example.com if you'd like the place.
International Dawn Chorus Day - Sunday 1 May
Spaces still remain to join us for our International Dawn Chorus day walk, plus continental breakfast! If you don't mind getting up early and would love to hear the sound of birdsong taking over the reserve as the sun comes up, this is for you!
Rye Meads Big Litter Pick - Saturday 7 May
We need your help! Come and help us clean up the local area and prevent our litter damaging wildlife. All day, all hands on deck!