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Wagtails and Water voles!
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 displaying Lapwing and Redshanks wandering closely along the track. I can confidently say you are very likely to see at least one stunning Yellow Wagtail and if you are sharp eyed...
28 Apr 2013
It is getting to the time of year where we start seeing the marsh looking like everyone supposes a marsh should look like.....very wet. With all the rain we have had over the last couple of weeks it is not surprising that the water levels have risen and all the rills and scrapes have filled up. This...
24 Oct 2012
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...
2 Oct 2012
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...
9 Jan 2012
And a Happy New Year to all our followers
Well, here we are in 2012 and returning to Elmley after my Christmas break, I very much had a sense of deja vu, although on this occasion it wasn't just the RSPB website that I couldn't access - I couldn't connect to the internet at all! We traced the glitch to a faulty dongle and having...
5 Jan 2012
Come in number 3
Hello all, A few photos from recent trips to Elmley. The Hen Harrier which is the most likely to become extinct in England because of Human pressure. Male below. Grey Heron after sticking his big toe in the water !. Greylags Wellmarsh Pool now and a few weeks ago...
20 Dec 2011
I come from the land of the ice & snow...
Anticipation is mounting for the impending arrival of a benevolent elf from Lapland. But as far as I'm concerned, he's been beaten to the UK by a number of his fellow compatriots! RSPB are now managing a number of fields on the Harty Marshes at the east end of the Isle of Sheppey. We have acquired...
12 Dec 2011
Buzzards & Harriers
Hello All, Photos below of life on the Marshes for Buzzards & Marsh Harriers. Have fun RR
24 Oct 2011
Elmley Middle Of September.
Hello All, A few photos from mid -September. A Marsh Harrier , not very nice for the Frog but there is a chance the Frog did survive . A Hobby which could be the last one I see this year due to migration. Buzzard. Nice to see quite a lot of Meadow Pipits about ...
27 Sep 2011
Time for another of my rather infrequent updates, as I STILL can't access the RSPB website from Elmley. We're still trying to fix the problem, but it's a slow process. Highlight of the month so far was the discovery of a grey phalarope on the Flood reservoir on Saturday night. It was still...
21 Sep 2011
Lights! Camera! Action!
Another 2 weeks has passed & still no joy in getting onto the RSPB website at Elmley - a real conundrum. I have been sent another possible fix that I will try when I return to Kingshill Farm, but I'm currently at Northward Hill, hence the chance for a further up-date about what's hip &...
22 Aug 2011
ID from Capel Fleet
I was down at Capel Fleet yesterday and took some photos that im having trouble identifying. I have not seen Marsh Harriers on the wires before and this bird was also chasing small birds above the cornfields very fast and with great agility where i thought it maybe a peregrine, however it seemed too...
31 Jul 2011
Another breezy, showery day, without anything too exciting happening around the reserve. Although a visitor reported seeing a stoat at Wellmarsh hide carrying either a young moorhen or coot. After Monday, our spoonbills appear to have gone AWOL again, I haven't seen the garganey again since Sunday...
22 Jun 2011
Elmley Last Week
Hello All, A few photos from a visit last week. A Common Sandpiper with a Avocet sitting in the back ground Black-tailed Godwit I am not sure about this maybe a Sub-species of the Yellow Wagtail M.f Flava Central Europe ? Good numbers of young Greylag Common...
26 May 2011
Oyster Catcher Saved By Great Black Backed Gull.
Hello All, Below is a few second sequence of an attack by a Marsh Harrier on an Oyster Catcher. By its sheer presense a Great Black Backed Gull enabled the Oyster Catcher to escape. Have fun RR
3 Mar 2011
Merlin (?), Marsh Harrier and Great Black-backed Gull
Hello All, As Gordon posted in his earlier blog the weather was pretty grim, however Gordon's constituent's on the reserve still made the visit worth while. The Great Black-backed Gull was in bullish mood roaming up and down the reserve behaving like a Marsh Harrier, the Marsh Harriers...
26 Jan 2011
Last Sunday at Elmley
Hello, this is my first posting despite visiting Elmley for a few years. We had yet another great visit to Elmley and Capel Fleet last Sunday and was spoilt with some great sightings in and from the orchard. We also had some friendly advice from fellow watchers, which always makes the day even more...
23 Nov 2010
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