We have had a lovely couple days here at Rye Meads with frosty mornings and sunshine the perfect weather to carry out some habitat management.
We are undertaking lots of fun work on our habitats ensuring we give nature an excellent home! The work party have been busy completing work on the island in front of the Gadwall hide ready for breeding common terns and black headed gull, fingers crossed we may even get a few other interested parties on the lovey stony island. So a great big thank you goes out to all out management volunteers who have put in some back breaking work.
Contractors also started work yesterday on re-profiling the Draper scrape revitalising the area ready for spring wader passage. After a few more days work on the scrape they will move on to adding some pools in the reedbed at the back of the Draper area. All great stuff and the birds are enjoying the spoils with the water pipit oblivious to the digger feeding around the spoil heaps and on the island.
Other sightings this week include lovely views of the bittern on the Draper on Tuesday, bullfinch at the feeders, snipe and water rail feeding in the meadow next to water vole corner, field fare munching on the hawthorns, green sandpiper, pied and grey wagtails on both Draper and Gadwall, little egret, peregrine, gold crest and water rail and Muntjac, fox and water vole.
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