Elmley, August 2023

Elmley nature reserve on Sheppey is a fantastic place for birders to visit at any time, although the summer months are inevitably not as rewarding as the winter and spring.  Your car is used as a mobile hide on the long entrance track. Once at the car park you have a choice of several medium-distance hides looking out on scrapes, a single, very distant, hide looking out over the Swale, or a walk past the 'Old School House' out to the 'Brickfields'. Depending on the time of year and time of day, Long-eared owls, Short-eared owls and Little owls may be seen. If you stay over-night in their accommodation, Barn owls may also be seen in the early morning.  Marsh Harriers, Buzzards and Kestrels are seen all year round, with Hobbies and even Merlins making infrequent appearances.

                                                         Comorant

                                                         Wheatear

                                 

                                            Winchat                                              


Kestrel

 

                                                    Little Grebe

                                               

                                                 Pied Wagtail

                                                            

Swallow

 

 

 Reed bunting

 

Redshank

 

Grey Heron


Marsh Harrier

 

Yellow Wagtail

 Sedge Warbler

 Bath time

 










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