A Great Day Spent in Rye
|Avocet with chick|
Further along the path we stopped off in another hide where starlings foraged in amongst the grass. I could also see little terns and oystercatchers in the distance that were sitting on nests. As I scanned the landscape with my binoculars I spotted a small, fluffy bird running around the edge of the water, this was a ringed plover chick! This was followed by the parent making an appearance as well.
|A rather cute ringed plover chick|
In front of the hide also was a redshank, in summer plumage, hunkering down in the increasing heat.
After finishing lunch we continued walking around the reserve and there was a lot of flowers in bloom, especially along the beach, like this yellow-horned poppy:
Before entering the next hide a flock of a few hundred black-headed gulls rose into the sky and when I entered the hide I could see that there were hundreds nesting on the islands. Unfortunately I was a bit early in the year to see their cute, fluffy chicks!
A quick walk to the opposite side of the path and the other islands on the water were packed with nesting common terns. On the path a female wheatear flew up and landed on the fence, before catching some insects and flying off.
As we began to walk back starlings flew over and amongst the vegetation house sparrows sung. A scattering of linnets also fed on the ground. On the path a skylark was having a dust bath and it let me get very close to it to get a photo!
Overall my visit to Rye was brilliant and I hope to visit again in the Winter!