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Another cold and wintry day....
Although migrants were again notable in their absence it was still quite a productive day out on the marsh in the end with 8 Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, 48 Redshank, 105 Dunlin, 37 Curlew, over the high tide. In addition there were about 60 Lapwing, 57 Golden Plover, 48 Snipe and 5 Ruff on the flashes...
30 Mar 2013
Flocks of owls....
Had to stay after hours today as we had a group of RSPB bods on a course till late. Gave me the chance in the gorgeous evening light to scan the distant silts and despite the two miles between them and me I managed to scope two Barn Owls and three Short-eared Owls as they quartered the main lagoon bank...
12 Mar 2013
A sense of normality
For the first time in a couple of years there is a sense of normality about the island this year. This is the first time since I arrived in my post that there hasn't been a big or major project on the island. In 2010/11 the October storm went through its 25 year refit which took it out of action...
19 Nov 2012
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
September starts with some Sun (finally!)
The last few days have felt more like summer than the whole of July and August put together! The sun has been shinning over Kinnordy and the wildlife has responded in appreciation of the much missed summer. As a blog hasn't been written for a over a month, there is quite alot to catch up on. So...
6 Sep 2012
June update from Kinnordy
White and yellow lilies in flower on the Lily Pond and masses of tadpoles- it must be summer despite yesterday's frost. Our youngsters are growing up fast with a number of juvenile lapwings already taking to the air and young oystercatchers who will be airborne shortly. Half grown curlew chicks were...
14 Jun 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
harriers and kite
2 juvenile marsh harriers spent some of the morning hunting over the north brooks today, putting the wind up ca.200 wigeon and ca.150 teal and occasionally annoying each other. 4 ruff and single golden plover amongst ca.200 lapwings. First fieldfares and redwings of the autumn arriving - small parties...
17 Oct 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
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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