A nice morning on Elmley reserve yesterday 16-5-2011 a cool wind kept temperatures down but it did not spoil a good morning,.
The Wellmarsh scrape has now given up a lot of its water to evaporation and as a result the Godwits and Avocets can feed comfortably, there were good numbers of both Avocet and Black Tailed Godwit, three or four Redshank, two Pochard, very small number of Canada Geese and Greylag, surprising to me was the absence of Ringed Plover and Yellow Wagtail.
I can also report good numbers of Marsh Harrier, eight in all seen from the Wellmarsh hide.
A lone Spoonbill in flight at distance, and I can report that I saw a single Spoonbill on Grain marshes, possibly one of the three that seem to have taken to this area, perhaps even joining the Heron and Egrets at Northward Hill.
Am hoping to get over to Sheppey tomorow.