Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Saturday September 30th to Tuesday October 17th

Annual Report

The Tice's Meadow 2016 Annual Report can now be downloaded for free from this link:
https://1drv.ms/b/s!AuC9nX__kWIggSW-F4MUtWcsifGH

If you would like to buy a glossy, full colour, A4 hardcopy of the report for £15, please email us: ticesmeadow@hotmail.co.uk

All funds raised from the sale of our annual report are channelled back into projects on the nature reserve.



Pin Badges

Tice's Meadow Bird Group pin badges are now available.

25mm high quality, hard enamel pin badge with butterfly clutch fixing.

Strictly limited run of 100 badges.

£4 each. £5 including postage & packing.

Available in person from Mark Elsoffer or Richard Horton.

Or, email ticesmeadow@hotmail.co.uk if you'd like us to post one to you upon receipt of payment.

Cash, cheques, PayPal and BACS transfers accepted.

All profits go towards the Tice's Meadow Bird Group's work at Tice's Meadow.




Saturday September 30th

Mike and Jane Clifford reported a Wigeon, a Caspian Gull (2cy) and 2 Buzzard this afternoon.

This is only the 7th recorded sighting of Caspian Gull on site, but the 3rd this year.


Sunday October 1st

No reports.


Monday October 2nd

No reports.


Tuesday October 3rd

No reports.


Wednesday October 4th

John Hunt reported 25 Lapwing, 7 Teal, 3 Shoveler, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Stonechat this morning.

(c) John Hunt - Stonechat


Thursday October 5th

Mark Elsoffer, Richard Horton, Leonard Winchcombe and Sean Foote took part in a sponsored bird race today at Farlington Marshes with members of the Farnham Weyside Rotary Club. 80 species were recorded and we raised in excess of £700 for the Tice's Meadow Bird Group. Thank you to everyone who sponsored us.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Farlington Bird Race
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Farlington Bird Race


Friday October 6th

No reports.


Saturday October 7th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Gadwall, a Shoveler, 5 Teal, a Greylag Goose, 4 Egyptian Goose, a Common Gull, 200 Linnet, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Raven (1 inside recording area), 190 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 2 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Kestrel and a Buzzard this afternoon.

In addition, Dave Baker reported 20 Lapwing and a Red Kite this morning.

The count of 190 Jackdaw is a new site record count.

The count of 200 Linnet is a new site record count.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Rooks


Sunday October 8th

John Hunt reported 11 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, a Shoveler, 5 Teal, 20 Wigeon, 50+ Linnet, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Skylark, 6 Chiffchaff and a Peregrine this morning.

In addition, Richard Horton reported a Redwing and a Merlin this afternoon.

This is the first reported Redwing of the Autumn.

This is only the 8th recorded sighting of Merlin on site, but the 2nd in the past 3 weeks.

(c) John Hunt - Snipe
(c) John Hunt - Wigeon


Monday October 9th

No reports.


Tuesday October 10th

No reports.


Wednesday October 11th

No reports.


Thursday October 12th

Mark Elsoffer reported 27 Lapwing, 3 Teal, 4 Egyptian Goose, a Greylag Goose, 2 Canada x Greylag Goose Hybrid, 20 Rook (outside recording area), 30 Meadow Pipit, 6 Stonechat, a Blackcap, 3 Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk and 2 Kestrel this afternoon.


Friday October 13th

No reports.


Saturday October 14th

Mark Elsoffer reported 32 Lapwing, a Snipe, a Teal, a Greylag Goose, 4 Egyptian Goose, a Stonechat, 24 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, a Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk this morning.

In addition, Dave Baker reported a Yellow-legged Gull (juv), 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Siskin, 3 Redwing, a Chiffchaff and 2 Kestrel this morning.

10 volunteers gave up their morning to help clear willow from our reed beds. Thank you to everyone who helped out - we can be proud of what we achieved.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteer Work Party
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteer Work Party
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteer Work Party
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteer Work Party
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteer Work Party


Sunday October 15th

Sean Foote reported 6 Hawfinch (over west) and a Water Rail this morning.

Hawfinch is a new species for Tice's Meadow - the 192nd species of bird recorded on site and the 138th species recorded in 2017.

Sean Foote lead a walk on site today for 8 members of the RSPB Guildford branch.


Monday October 16th

No reports.


Tuesday October 17th

Murray Nurse reported 2 Green Sandpiper, a Water Rail, a Little Egret, 2 Skylark, 2 Goldcrest, 9 Redwing and a Swallow this morning.




Saturday, 30 September 2017

Monday September 18th to Friday September 29th

Annual Report

The Tice's Meadow 2016 Annual Report can now be downloaded for free from this link:
https://1drv.ms/b/s!AuC9nX__kWIggSW-F4MUtWcsifGH

If you would like to buy a glossy, full colour, A4 hardcopy of the report for £15, please email us: ticesmeadow@hotmail.co.uk

All funds raised from the sale of our annual report are channelled back into projects on the nature reserve.




Pin Badges

Tice's Meadow Bird Group pin badges are now available.

25mm high quality, hard enamel pin badge with butterfly clutch fixing.

Strictly limited run of 100 badges.

£4 each. £5 including postage & packing.

Available in person from Mark Elsoffer or Richard Horton.

Or, email ticesmeadow@hotmail.co.uk if you'd like us to post one to you upon receipt of payment.

Cash, cheques, PayPal and BACS transfers accepted.

All profits go towards the Tice's Meadow Bird Group's work at Tice's Meadow.





Barn Owls

At least 3 Barn Owls have been seen using the new nest box at the Kiln (Badshot Lea Village Hall) over the past few nights.

The new nest box was built by Richard Horton and erected by the volunteers to replace the old unsafe one.

The Barn Owls have been putting on a great show and Oli has captured them on film. We are working on getting the camera closer to the nest boxes.

(c) Oliver Sackwood - Barn Owls at the Kiln



Monday September 18th

John Hunt reported 2 Lapwing, 5 Teal, 4 Shoveler, a Bar-headed Goose, 3 Stonechat, lots of Meadow Pipit, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine this morning.

In addition, Kevin Duncan reported a Barn Owl at the Kiln tonight.

(c) John Hunt - Bar-headed Goose
(c) John Hunt - Fox
(c) John Hunt - Peregrine



(c) John Hunt - Peregrine with kill


Tuesday September 19th

Murray Nurse reported a Merlin, 3 Reed Bunting and a Bar-headed Goose this afternoon.

This is only the 7th recorded sighting of Merlin on site.

Merlin is the 134th species of bird recorded on site this year.

(c) Ben Fitzcosta - Jay
(c) Ben Fitzcosta - Jay


Wednesday September 20th

Stuart Barilli from the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership mowed some of the pernicious weeds in the old Plant Yard today. It was good to see this neglected area of the site receive some much needed management, but unfortunately the mowing was curtailed due to the need for a bigger tractor to do the job properly. The Tice's Meadow Bird Group will continue to press for this area of the site to be restored to the condition required by the site management plan.

(c) Stuart Barilli - Before Mowing
(c) Stuart Barilli - After Mowing
(c) Stuart Barilli - Common Toad


Thursday September 21st

No reports.


Friday September 22nd

Mark Elsoffer reported a Common Sandpiper, a Bar-headed Goose, c100 Swallow & House Martin, a Red Kite and a Peregrine today.

Andy Little reported a Barn Owl (calling, on site) tonight.

10 volunteers met on site this morning and cut and burnt an impressive amount of invasive willow from the reed beds. Well done everyone!

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Pyro Jim
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Pyro Jim
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Alex Bashing Willow
(c) Susan Renaud - Common Lizard
(c) Susan Renaud - Goldfinch


Saturday September 23rd

Dave Baker reported 5 Lapwing, a Snipe, 7 Wigeon, a Shoveler, 4 Teal, a Bar-headed Goose, a Wheatear, a Whinchat, 2 Goldcrest, a possible Ring Ouzel, 7 Mistle Thrush, 10 Skylark, 12 Collared Dove, a Pheasant, 2 Red Kite and a Peregrine this morning.

In addition, Richard Horton reported a Ring Ouzel (unsure if the same bird as reported by Dave), 3 Stonechat, 2 Raven, 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk today.

This is only the 4th recorded sighting of Ring Ouzel on site.

Ring Ouzel is the 135th species of bird recorded on site this year.

(c) Dave Baker - Meadow Pipit
(c) Dave Baker - Wheatear
(c) Tony George - Kestrel
(c) Tony George - Peregrine
(c) Tony George - Pheasant
(c) Tony George -Speckled Wood
(c) Tony George - Migrant Hawker


Sunday September 24th

Mark Elsoffer reported 6 Lawping, a Snipe, a Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 6 Greylag Goose, a Bar-headed Goose, a Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail, 25 Meadow Pipit, 12 Swallow, 6 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, a Red Kite and a Sparrowhawk today.

John Hunt reported 4 Teal and 2 Little Egret this morning.

15 people enjoyed a Surrey Bird Club walk on site this morning lead by Richard Horton.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Wheatear
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Wheatear
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Wheatear
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Wheatear
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Len puts the visitors onto a rare bird
(c) Steve Langham - Young Smooth Newts
(c) Tony George - Spindle Berries
(c) Tony George - Common Darter
(c) Tony George - Cattle
(c) Steve Langham - Common Toad


Monday September 25th

No reports.


Tuesday September 26th

John Hunt reported a Lapwing, a Little Egret, a Teal, a Shoveler, a Stonechat, 3 Buzzard and 2 Kestrel this morning.

In addition, Richard Horton reported a Common Sandpiper, a Reed Warbler and a Grey Wagtail today.

17 members of the Farnham U3A enjoyed a guided walk on site today lead by Richard Horton.


Wednesday September 27th

Richard Horton reported a Great White Egret (over) this morning.

This is only the 3rd recorded sighting of Great White Egret on site.

Great White Egret is the 136th species of bird recorded on site this year.


Thursday September 28th

Murray Nurse reported 2 Snipe, 2 Wigeon, a Caspian Gull and a Bar-headed Goose this morning.

In addition, Richard Horton reported a Bearded Tit (juv) this morning.

In addition, Mark Elsoffer reported a Common Sandpiper, 9 Lawping, a Shoveler, 6 Teal, 6 Greylag Goose, a Wheatear, a Stonechat, 20 Meadow Pipit, 15 Swallow, 2 Kestrel and 2 Buzzard this afternoon.

This is only the 6th recorded sighting of Caspian Gull on site, but the 2nd this year.

Bearded Tit is the 137th species of bird recorded on site this year.

Bearded Tits have now been recorded in the reed beds on site for the past 3 years, after 4 spent 10 days on site in 2015, and 8 spent 6 days on site in 2016.

Mark Elsoffer reported a new species for the site today: Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus).

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Wheatear


Friday September 29th

No reports.