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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
Burton Mere Wetlands has pecs appeal 2 years running
A long-staying pectoral sandpiper has been showing rather nicely on the main scrape out in front of the reception building for the best part of three weeks now. And is present at almost exactly the same time as last year ... it would be a nice birthday present if it remained until the 22/23 September...
13 Sep 2012
Gold Rush on the Dee
Its not only Team GB that have enjoyed a record haul of gold this past few weeks. Team Dee Estuary have four golds at the moment in the form of golden headed marsh harriers, not something I have experienced before here. As this excellent picture from Andy Davis shows they can easily be seen from...
13 Aug 2012
Waders meet harriers
This title just sums up Blacktoft at the moment. One half of the reserve is where you see the marsh harriers and the other half you get the waders. Starting back to front with the marsh harriers. Our 14 young marsh harriers are getting more confident by the day with much flapping around in the wind...
22 Jul 2012
I've always thought that 21 June is the summer solstice, marking the longest day of the year and the official start of summer. It's a date embedded in my pysche for one obvious reason, being my birthday. As a child I remember it as a date that was always sunny. I'm sure that must be down...
21 Jun 2012
First of the Summer visitors
A few not-so-subtle changes have occured in the past week or two as the first summer visitors have arrived whilst most of the winter stayers have left. Several unmistakable sounds were noticed as I opened up the reserve this morning, firstly at least 3 chiffchaffs were singing - and yes that distinctive...
19 Mar 2012
15 marsh harriers this evening
15 marsh harriers came into roost this evening with 7000 golden plover behind them. The hen harrier was once again present at roost time along with a merlin. Also today there were 3 spotted redshank up at Ousefleet, a chiffchaff by the feeders and a cettis warbler around singleton. We have now managed...
2 Dec 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
Blacktofts wader week continues
Our fantastic week for seeing waders on the reserve continues today with common sandpiper being added to the list, meaning we have now seen 22 different types of wader this week! Todays highlights include 9 curlew sandpiper , 2 little stint , wood sandpiper and those amazing spotted redshank . ...
2 Sep 2011
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