Birds of Interest:
Avocet c 150, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Reed Bunting, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Reed Warbler, Green Sandpiper, Grey Heron, Sedge Warbler, Turnstone, Teal, Whitethroat, Grey Plover, Pochard, Blackcap, Curlew, Mallard, Swallow, Cuckoo, Shoveler, Swift, Ringed Plover, Pintail (including ducklings), Linnet, Lapwing, Garganey, Goldfinch, Oystercatcher, Shelduck c150, Corn Bunting, Black-tailed Godwit, Red-crested Pochard, Bar-tailed Godwit, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe,
Redshank, Spotted Redshank 4, Greenshank, Snipe, Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Skylark, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Barn Owl, Little Owl, Mediterranean Gull, Raven, Common Tern.
Now is the time:
Other reserve news:
There is a lot of activity at Elmley Marshes at the moment.The drive down to the car park is fantastic with close views of displayingLapwing and Redshanks wandering closely along the track. I can confidently sayyou are very likely to see at least one stunning Yellow Wagtail and if you aresharp eyed you may also see some Brown Hares. Along with Marsh Harriers, youcan get all this even before you have parked your car!
At the carpark and around the farm Swallows are buildingtheir nest in the toilet block as they do every year and making a mess, howeverwe don’t mind – they are great to watch!
The Reserve is also looking great and supporting a goodnumber of nesting Lapwing and Redshank so please keep to the signposted paths toavoid any disturbance to them. Marsh frogs can be heard in the ditches running around/through the reserve. Whilst you are listening for the frogs keep your eyes openfor water voles sitting on the very edges of the ditches or swimming across.Water Voles are very quick to disappear when disturbed so you will often onlyhear a small splash as evidence of one jumping back into the water.
The recent snow fall may have stopped our work on the reserve but it hasn’t stopped the wildlife. On a recent count just before the snow fell over 7000 Wigeon, 5000 Teal as well as Pintails and Gadwall were all on the reservoir and in front of Southfleet Hide. Heading into Wellmarsh Hide we had Dunlin, Knot, Golden Plover, Bar tailed Godwit and Turnstone and also spotted 43 Barnacle Geese a bit further out in the field. Very high numbers of Lapwing all over the reserve along with Golden Plover, Curlew and 800+ Brent Geese.
I am keeping my eye open for the Cranes that have been seen on Southern Sheppey (on the 23rd they were sighted on the fields along Harty Ferry Road) but not on the reserve yet.