Trip reports

Kingfishers at Rye Meads RSPB reserve

Kingfishers at Rye Meads RSPB reserve
Photo from Rye Meads RSPB Nature Reserve's newsletter

Sunday, 1 August 2010

I arrived at Rye Meads reserve to find a queue of cars outside the gates. The rumour was that there had been a rather good volunteers' party the previous night and someone had slept in! However, while we waited for someone to arrive with the key we examined some of the settling pools outside and had good views of a young Grey Wagtail and somewhat harder views of a Green Sandpiper and Kestrel.

Not only did we have Tajinder (armed with her new Gall book) and Ian Woodward to lead the walk but we also had two experienced Rye Meads volunteers, Nathalie and Carol, to add their knowledge to our walk.

We were not disappointed at the Kingfisher hide as a Kingfisher was perched on a branch near the bank when we arrived. After a few minutes, it flew into its hole in the bank. They are now sitting on eggs for their third brood and it may be 4 hours before the adults swap over so we were lucky.

Other highlights were two Green Sandpipers at Drapers Hide, some very feisty Little Grebes (with very tiny, stripey headed chicks) who swam at each other as if they meant business, and a wasp nest (I'd never seen one before).

My thanks to Nathalie for a new mnemonic for remembering bird calls - a Green Woodpecker flew past in front of us and was apparently saying "You must see me"!

Rye Meads RSPB Nature Reserve has started publishing a newsletter (An Eye on Rye) and our Group was interviewed and photographed while we were there so I've added the photo they included in their newsletter.

The link below takes you to 'Recent Sightings' at Rye Meads