Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Winters special at Rye Mead

Decided to have a afternoon at Rye Meads started off well at the Lapwing hide with 2 Peregrine showing well but distance on a Plyon. Then sit in the hide for a bit where after a while snipe started to come out of the undergrowth with at least 7 seen while out on the field a few Fieldfares were feeding and a lone Grey Heron was hunting while on the main stream a Kingfisher did a nice flyby while on the edge of the reeds at least one Cetti's Warbler was singing and a few Tits were feeding.

Peregrines on Plyon 

Snipe on the ice

Blue Tit on the reeds
Then walked up to the Draper hide where I had distance views of the Water Pipit and a Water Rail was showing well feeding along the edge.

Then headed to the Kingfisher hide where a lovely Bittern was hunting along the edge of the reeds and occasionally showing itself and catching the old fish on the reed edge it did this for about 15 minutes before suddenly flying off. After the show a Cetti's Warbler had a nice sing and showed it self which is rare for this species before I had some stunning Wrens views has it feed on the reeds.

Hunting Bittern


Wren feeding in the reeds



 Then ended the day at the Gadwall hide with some nice views of a Grey Wagtail and Green Sandpiper feeding on the shore edge while slightly further out a nice flock of Shovelers and Gadwalls and a lone Common Gull.

Feeding Grey Wagtail

Green Sandpiper in the water

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