It's a beautiful day here at Rye Meads. The fog that covered the site yesterday has cleared to let through some blue sky and sunshine making the frost sparkle.

Despite the fog, yesterday's sightings were still rolling in with multiple bittern sightings (mainly from the Kingfisher hide), water rail, bullfinch, water vole and sparrowhawk reported to name a few. But today has far exceeded sightings with the bittern showing off for most of the day (we have seen some lovely shots), 2 peregrines on the pylon and hunting over the meadow this afternoon, multiple water rail, kingfisher and around 6 snipe feeding just off the first bridge in the meadow.

In other recent sightings, the water pipit is still about and along with green sandpiper, grey wagtail and snipe have been making use of the island from the Gadwall hide that the work party have been busy working on for the last few weeks. The peregrine has been in its usual post on the pylon, red kite, kestrel and buzzard have also drifted over. The bearded tits once again put in an appearance on 24th but are continuing to remain elusive.

We hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas only a few days to go until we meet 2017.
We hope to see you soon.