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  • Forum Thread: Recent trips.

    Hello All, A few photos of recent trips to Elmley below. Wellmesh pool which has been allowed to dry because of Blue Green Algae. The Flying Dutchman Ruff Whinchat Cygnets And Mum taking time out Wood Sandpipers Little Stint alone and with a LRP....
  • Forum Reply: Re: Egret

    Hi Richie, Your sighting may well have been that of a spoonbill- there have been a number around in the past week, with a peak of two recorded on the Flood on Thursday 27/5. Hope this clears up your confusion! Natalie
  • Forum Thread: Saturday 20th August.

    Hello All, We had a good march around the reserve on Saturday. First is a record shot of a colour-ringed Spoonbill as mentioned in Gordon's blog Grey Heron Sky Lark Meadow Pipit Green Sandpiper Ruff Reed Warbler Peregrine And finally...
  • Forum Thread: Spoonbill

    Hello All, Following on from Gordon's Blog, below are some photos of the the two Spoonbills on the flood today. Have fun RR.
  • Forum Thread: Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper,Turnstone & Others

    Hello All, Below are some photos from a visit to Elmley on Wednesday. Six Spoonbill's Spotted Redshank Green Sandpiper Turnstone Avocet's & Chick Humbugs And finally a Swallow at the car park
  • Forum Thread: Elmley Last Week

    Hello All, Below are some photos from Elmley last week. Two immature Spoonbill dropped in very briefly Common Sandpiper Green Sandpiper Ruff Avocet Chick Hobby with unfortunate victim. Kestrel Greylag Family And finally...
  • Blog Post: So near...

    This predictions business isn't easy you know. A couple of posts ago, I suggested that a couple of nice June surprises for the reserve might involve a roller or a squacco heron. Imagine my frustration when first a roller appeared on Monday. In Suffolk. And then today came the news that there was...
  • Blog Post: 4th July

    The 2 spoonbills again on the Flood today, although one flew west at about 6.45pm. Also on the Flood 270 black-tailed godwit, but only 8 spotted redshank noted. More green sandpipers today, with at least 11 around the reserve. 2 sand martins flew south, along with small numbers of swift; and 2 juvenile...
  • Blog Post: 2nd July

    After a weeks absence, the 2 sub-adult spoonbills were back on the Flood at Elmley this afternoon, showing from Wellmarsh hide. Not as many black-tailed godwits present as the past few days (the tide wasn't particularly high), but still at least 350, as well as 27 spotted redshank, 2 greenshank &...
  • 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: 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: 13th june

    The 3 spoonbills again on the Flood today. A long-eared owl reported in the orchard at Kingshill Farm. Also hobby, buzzard, barn & little owl, cuckoo & Med gull.
  • 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: 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: 16th June

    Just the 2 immature spoonbills on the Flood again this afternoon, showing well from Wellmarsh hide. And there were also 100+ black-tailed godwit & 8+ spotted redshank. Brown hares are still being seen all over the reserve in good numbers - an early morning or evening visit is best for them
  • 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: Close encounters of the furred kind..

    First of all, apologies for the lack of blog up-dates in the past week or so - for some reason I've been unable to access the RSPB website from here and so haven't been able to add anything. Not that there hasn't been anything happening! As people may have seen from the Forum comments...
  • 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: 18th June

    The 2 immature spoonbills remain on the Flood, where there was also 9 spotted redshank, 86 black-tailed godwit & a hobby. Families of shelduck, shoveler, avocet & redshank could all be seen from the hides, but can be hard to see in the long vegetation
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 14th June

    3 spoonbills still on the Flood today, where there was also 52 black-tailed godwit & 4 spotted redshank. Two Med gulls flew over and there were several swifts feeding over the reserve in the evening Raptors included at least 3 buzzard & a peregrine.