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  • Blog Post: 28th Nov

    We were fog-bound yesterday, so my wander around the reserve to check the livestock didn't reveal very much. The poor visibility was compounded by the fact that the water bodies had frozen, meaning that most of the waterfowl have abandoned the reserve for the Swale. I did see at least 500 wigeon...
  • Blog Post: Snow bunting

    The single female snow bunting was still present at it's favoured patch by Swale hide today (22nd). But while we're welcoming our winter visitors, don't forget that there are still summer birds heading south: also around the reserve today a swallow, a wheatear and a chiffchaff. A ring...
  • Blog Post: Roughly speaking

    With no sign of "our" rough-legged buzzard since the Bank Holiday Monday and with the gale force winds of the ensuing few days, the news of a bird on Saturday at Northward Hill reserve made me think that it was likely to be the Elmley bird relocating a bit further west. Venturing over there...
  • Blog Post: Summertime reserve management

    Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 You’ll have to forgive my lack of blogging over the past few weeks. The summer is a busy time of year on a wet grassland reserve, and it’s been all hands to the grindstone...
  • Blog Post: 9th Nov

    The juvenile spoonbill was again on the Flood today over the high tide period, although showing a little more distantly than on Sunday. The windier conditions today meant that the tide was higher than forecast and an impressive wader roost built up on the islands at Wellmarsh hide. The majority were...
  • Blog Post: Up with the lark

    Today was the first "field by field" census of the year for this breeding season. We carry out 3 of these to record the breeding populations across the site, walking through every field & aiming to get to within 100m of all points on the reserve. Elmley's quite a big area, so to cover...
  • Blog Post: It's the cows turn..

    Our cattle grazier came to the reserve today to take the first animals back to their winter quarters. He likes his cows to calf indoors, although we've already had 2 un-expected deliveries this year on site. Fortunately, both calves have done well, but they were amongst the first load to go, along...
  • Blog Post: More fun with cows

    Yesterday was awful. Wet, windy, yuk. I'd mentally prepared myself for a day in the office catching up with some paperwork, cd player on in the background, kettle on. Nice. And then the phone rang & it was our cattle grazier who wanted to come up to take the calves off for weaning. Did he know...
  • Blog Post: 14th March

    A promising start went downhill fairly rapidly after lunch, with mist, drizzle & a fresh northerly breeze arriving. I was out bright & early & it was a pleasure,with lapwing and now the first redshank displaying over the marsh and the "kluut, kluut" of the avocets on the Flood getting...
  • Blog Post: Migrants

    Churlish I know, but despite the lovely weather, I wish it would rain! It's hard to maintain a wetland reserve in tip-top condition when there's a singular lack of the wet stuff. I'm still running pumps to top up the water that we've accumulated over the winter, but sunny skies &...
  • Blog Post: Perfect weather for ducks

    With 60mm of rain falling in just 4 days last week you can imagine that the marsh is looking extremely soggy right now! I have really noticed the wildfowl numbers starting to increase. A passing Marsh Harrier sent hundreds of Teal up into the air today from off the reservoir. It was an amazing sight...
  • Blog Post: Old Squaw on the Swale

    "You what?" I hear you say. Although in these days of political correctness, I should perhaps use some other alternative name, like Old Wife, or Old Billy. I am referring to an irregular visitor to the reserve, the long-tailed duck. The various names refer to it's vocalisation (usually...
  • Blog Post: Round up

    I've not been able to up-date the blog recently, so think a quick up-date as to what's been seen on the reserve is in order. Highlights over the weekend included a report of a short-eared owl on Saturday, with both little & barn owls being seen at Kingshill Farm. 2 merlin and 2 peregrine...
  • Blog Post: 14th July

    I was just concentrating on the waders today as the tide was quite high, so there ought to have been a few on the reserve. However, nothings certain in this game, so there wasn't quite as many as I was expecting. Best were 21 spotted redshank on the Flood, the highest count for a while. Most are...
  • Blog Post: Houdini heifers (that’s young cows to you and me)

    I must confess that this week just gone I have been away from the reserve, so some of this week’s information is second-hand. Gordon’s been holding fort by himself whilst I was away on a disappointingly desk-based course! It was great to be back out on the reserve on Friday, especially in...
  • Blog Post: Bank Holiday Weekend

    Plenty of stuff around for the good numbers of visitors that visited Elmley over the weekend. Where to start? The 3 spoonbills remained faithful to the Flood most of the time, although they can sometimes be difficult to see when they choose to feed in the deeper channels. Still at least 3 garganey...
  • Blog Post: 9th-10th October

    Both Natalie & myself had the weekend off, but a number of visitors reported some interesting birds on the reserve. On Saturday, a spoonbill was again seen on the Swale, along with a spotted redshank. Raptors included male hen harrier, merlin and 3 buzzard. Continuing the run of bearded tit records...
  • Blog Post: Out and about

    Compared to some of the glorious winter weather we've experienced recently, today wasn't too inspirational, but the team took the opportunity to get out "in the field" anyway. A quick check first of the Elmley livestock: all the cattle have now gone until the spring, with only the sheep...
  • Blog Post: 26th June

    A spoonbill was on the other side of the Swale today at the KWT reserve at Oare Marshes - presumably "our" bird. But at least 30 spotted redshank on the Flood over high tide, as well as 600+ black-tailed godwit show that autumn wader migration is well underway. Also 2 green sandpiper &...
  • Blog Post: Another spoonbill

    A single spoonbill has been around the reserve over the past few days, either out on the Swale or on the Flood. I had assumed that it was one of the sub-adult birds that have been around since the summer. It was back on the Flood again today, but when the Sunday vols came back to the office, they said...
  • Blog Post: July 30th

    A spoonbill was back on the Flood again today until early afternoon, when it flew off south. But it re-appeared at c.7.45pm, dropping in front of Wellmarsh hide, where it fed for a few minutes before flying further back onto the Flood. We seem to be sharing this bird with the Kent Wildlife Trust reserve...