September, 2010

Elmley Marshes

Elmley Marshes
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Elmley Marshes

  • 20th September

    Still relatively quiet from a wader point of view - a few ringed plover & dunlin up on this mornings tide and still greenshank & green sandpiper about. Low tide on the Swale produced grey & golden plover, bar-tailed godwit & knot + lots of little egrets.

    The first stonechat of the autumn was near Counterwall hide & there was still one whinchat & a wheatear, with chiffchaff & reed warbler at Kingshill Farm. Raptors included at least 2 buzzard and a couple of peregrine, with one putting on a fine show attempting to take a starling from a wheeling flock.

    This will be my last posting for a week or so, but hopefully Nat can keep you informed about what's about on the reserve.

  • 17th September

    The rather indifferent tides at the moment are failing to push waders off of the Swale and onto the reserve. Nevertheless, there were still 3 little stints on the Flood this morning, along with green sandpiper, black-tailed godwit, avocet, snipe & lapwing.

    A bit of a show from the birds of prey today, with at least 3 peregrines - including an immature female dog-fighting with a marsh harrier and an adult food passing to a juvenile (something I've never seen before) - 2 merlins hunting the large starling flocks that are all over the marsh at the moment, and at least 5 common buzzards.

    Once again, small numbers of swallows, sand martins and even a few house martins headed south all day today; and there were 2 wheatears by Southfleet hide.

  • 15th Sep

    The clearing skies last night was presumably the reason that there was no sign of yesterdays Temminck's stint on the Flood. But they can be elusive, so we'll keep our eyes open. Other waders on the Flood today included 5 little stint, 5 curlew sandpipers, a juvenile spotted redshank and 2 juvenile LRP's. Waders elsewhere included 2 green sandpiper & 1 greenshank. A merlin was present here once again. These dashing little falcons seem to be particularly obvious at the moment, with probably at least 3 birds around the reserve. In the evening, an adult Med gull flew over.

    Still a steady stream of swallows and a few sand martins heading south and also a couple of wheatears