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  • Forum Thread: 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...
  • Forum Thread: Buzzards & Harriers

    Hello All, Photos below of life on the Marshes for Buzzards & Marsh Harriers. Have fun RR
  • Forum Thread: 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
  • Forum Thread: 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...
  • Forum Thread: 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 ...
  • Forum Thread: 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...
  • Forum Thread: 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...
  • Forum Thread: 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...
  • Blog Post: a life on the ocean wave

    A change from Elmley today. As part of the ongoing monitoring of important bird populations in the Medway & Swale estuaries, the RSPB carries out bird counts on the Medway that go towards the British Trust for Ornithology's We tland B ird S urvey (WeBS). In order to cover the many off-shore islands...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Snow

    Having missed out on the snow that's been sweeping the country further north, Kent finally got the covering that's been on the cards for a while now. Funnily enough, there was only the one car visited the reserve today: they made it to the carpark, but didn't venture any further...
  • Blog Post: Quite quiet

    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...
  • Blog Post: 20th June

    The 3 spoonbills showed well from Wellmarsh hide again this afternoon. Also an increase of spotted redshank, with 23 birds present. 100+ black-tailed godwit, a buzzard being mobbed first by a marsh harrier & then by a kestrel and a calling grey partridge were other highlights.
  • Blog Post: Here we go again..!

    As predicted, more freezing conditions and another dollop of snow hit the reserve over the weekend. The access track is still passable with care, but the reserve was pretty empty today. There were a few flocks of lapwing roosting on the frozen water bodies and one small group of golden plover in with...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: A bit more like it!

    Well, the promised sunshine finally arrived today. And what a difference! Splendidly sunny (although still with a cool northerly breeze), it's really starting to feel more like spring. One of the sure signs was evident this afternoon, when a distinctive squealing call revealed a male marsh harrier...
  • Blog Post: My watch is slow...

    Either that, or things are on the move early in this slightly odd year. Having confidently predicted the first returning autumn waders on the 9th or 10th of the month, it was almost inevitable I suppose, but I was still surprised to flush a green sandpiper yesterday. Green sands are scarce spring migrants...
  • Blog Post: The holiday season begins!

    Returning to work yesterday was somewhat difficult (to say the least) after a week away in the French Alps. Everyone gets the post-holiday back-to-work blues, but a day spent back at Elmley reminded me why I love working in conservation. Admittedly, half my day was spent in the office, clearing...
  • Blog Post: 6th October

    Natalie & I attended a series of meetings at Northward Hill today, although the North Kent Marshes team managed to escape at lunch-time to spend a short spell up at the Marshland Viewpoint on the reserve. Well worth the effort, with a ring-tail hen harrier, hobby, buzzard, marsh harrier & a stonechat...
  • 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: Reserve still closed

    Since my last posting, there's been more snow here, meaning that I've had to close the reserve due to the hazardous condition of the access track. Today, there was no more snow and I was able to drive the track in the reserve 4x4 with care, but I still would recommend that people do not visit...
  • Blog Post: 15th January

    The first guided walk of the year took place on the reserve today. Not ideal conditions - it didn't actually rain, but the strong wind didn't help matters. A pleasing 25 people turned up to be shown winter waterfowl and raptors, and while the waterfowl played ball, the raptors unfortunately didn't...
  • Blog Post: 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...