14th April 2013 - Rye Meads and Amwell


Rye Meads is a great place, but we rarely visit for some reason.  The day was gorgeous and actually warm, a turn up for the books.  We had headed to both Rye Meads and Amwell for Jack Snipe, but they must have moved on as none were to be found.  However, we saw a decent selection of species, including a couple of cute Green Sandpiper wading about with a lone Redshank.  There were a couple of Snipe and a selection of Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Herring Gull.  A Swallow flew over as did a Stock Dove, the second for the weekend.  We also heard an unidentified bird at the end of the walk, probably a Great Tit though, knowing their range of calls!

On the way over to Amwell, a lovely Red Kite flew over the road in the direction of Rye Meads.  There was a happy Chiffchaff singing on the path to the Great Hardmead Lake but no Bullfinch this time.   There were Swallow, Sand Martin and a first for the year, House Martin all flying over the lake.  Another first for the year was a Blackcap in the bushes beside the railway.

Trip list: 44
Year list: 140
Lifers of year list: 12

You think this is cute?  Wait until you see it with a tiny version paddling alongside.

Tufted Duck

Little Grebe

Butterfly!  Lots of Bumblebees about too.

I liked the purple on the head of this Mallard.

I think he said he was listening for bees.  Hmm.

Lots of people watching the Kingfisher!

Above mentioned Kingfisher

Pretending to be the Kingfisher.

Lovely lady Pheasant 

Magpie




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