We started our day with a barn owl and finished, the Sun setting, with a short-eared owl! It was a very mild day for a visit to Elmley NNR. This reserve is often at its best when its freezing cold and you can barely look out of the hide windows because of the wind off the Swale. And it was quiet with only very small numbers of wigeon and other wildfowl on the reserve.
However we managed to find 55 species of bird and a very late flying small copper butterfly. The Swale, at low tide, was covered with dunlin, grey plover, curlew, redshank etc and marsh harriers were everywhere.
But perhaps the highlight for me was finding 67 snipe on one of the floods – I can’t remember seeing that many together before (and I bet there were a good few more in the grass that we could not see).
Irene though, thought the owls were the best of the day.
Sally thought that the sunset was good too.