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  • Media: merlin (Juvenile)

    photo taken 20/10/10 Got into spitend hide about 1.30pm and thought i'd be in for a long wait. within about 5 minutes a merlin flew in front of the hide about 8 meters away and stayed perched for about 3-4 mins :-))))))
  • 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...
  • Forum Thread: Late December & Early January

    Hello All, A few photos from late December & early January. Over 3,000 Brent Geese on the Island at the moment and normally some are present at Elmley. Many Common Buzzards about. Great Views around the reserve Fieldfare A collection of Waders. Photo below...
  • Blog Post: Sweet precipitation!

    The rain finally arrived at Elmley on Thursday afternoon - only showers, but some of them heavy enough to make a difference. We got just over 10mm, which wasn't enough to wet up areas that have dried out, but will keep the remaining wet bits wet a bit longer. Crucial for the many wader chicks that...
  • 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: Button it, Ginger..

    It's not every day that I add a new species to my Elmley list (I think you'd have to go back to the May 25th "double-whammy" of black-winged pratincole and hoopoe in 2009. Now that was a day...!); and even less often that I get to use the ever-so-slightly disparaging term for a red...
  • Blog Post: 16th January

    Of course, it was more or less inevitable... Having led y/days guided walk in dull, windy conditions and searched in vain for a peregrine sighting, today was nice & sunny, still a bit windy, though not too bad and the first bird I saw as I passed the orchard on my way down to the reserve today...
  • 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: Just call me Mystic Meg..

    Well, don't actually - it wasn't that hard to predict! But the first wheatear of the year duly arrived along the access track on Saturday. No sign of it today, but I'm sure that there will be others. There was also a chiffchaff reported. Today's highlight was an adult spoonbill on the...
  • 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: 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: 4th February

    A breezy old day on the reserve today, with winds gusting to F6 at the very least. Still, plenty about to keep the few visitors who braved the conditions happy. On the way down to the hide, a group of brent geese had all 4 of the pale-bellied birds, as well as 7 white-fronts - the first I've seen...
  • Blog Post: Some sunshine at last!

    Another rather dreary, cold start to the day, with grey skies and a keen NE'ly wind that quickly froze my fingers. And then in the early afternoon, the sun came out! What a difference - still cold, but you can cope with it when the sun's shining. All "the usual" birds of prey were...
  • Blog Post: Little gull

    I didn't get onto the reserve until this evening, so only had a chance for a quick check of the site. Highlight for me was the winter adult little gull feeding with black-headed gulls on Windmill Creek. April is a good month for passage little gulls in the UK, as they leave their Mediterranean wintering...
  • 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: Sandpiper spectacular

    Todays north-easterly winds produced an arrival of northern sandpipers at Elmley this evening. At least 45 green & 6 wood sandpipers could be found: mainly around the Flood, but particularly from Southfleet hide, where there was 24 greens, all 6 woods and a juvenile little stint to boot.. Also still...
  • 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: things that go "Bump!" in the night..

    I thought that I was going to have an encounter with the Kingshill Farm ghost this morning. 4am and I thought I heard a faint noise outside my bedroom. A minute or two later & there it was again. Definitely a noise - had I just not closed my bedroom door properly & it was moving in a draught...
  • Blog Post: Another pec sand

    Highlight today was the discovery of the reserve's 2nd pectoral sandpiper of the autumn on the Flood at Wellmarsh hide. July's bird was an adult, but this bird was a juvenile, which is pretty much what you would expect at this time of year. Adults of the high Arctic breeding Calidrid waders ...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year!

    A slightly belated new year's greeting from Elmley. I have been back at the reserve since the 30th, but haven't found the time to update what's been going on here. So here's a quick summary. Natalie found an Egyptian goose by the access track on Boxing Day and up to 4 have been present...
  • Blog Post: Best bird of the year - so far

    Having proclaimed Sunday's red kite as "Bird of the Year So Far", it didn't take long for it to be topped! Not by some hyper-zonky mega-crippler, but by a bird that until fairly recently was so common in Kent that large numbers were killed annually due to the impact that they had on...
  • Blog Post: VIP visit

    We had to comb our hair and run a hoover over the office today, as we welcomed a couple of VIP's to the reserve. Chris Corrigan, the SouthEast Regional Director and Mike Henderson, a Lib Dem councillor on Swale Borough Council visited and were gven the grand tour. The weather could have been better...