Sunday, 4 December 2016

Monday November 14th - Sunday December 4th

Shelter Funding Appeal

The Tice's Meadow Bird Group applied for £1,000 funding from the Aviva Community Fund to build a shelter on Horton's Mound.

Voting closed on November 18th and we received an amazing 1,602 votes. We were successful in becoming finalists and are now undergoing the due dilgence process. Watch this space for news.

A massive thank you to everyone who voted for us!


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Monday November 14th

No reports.


Tuesday November 15th

Carey Lodge reported c80 Golden Plover (over, heading West) this morning.


Wednesday November 16th

Steve Minhinnick reported a Peregrine this afternoon.


Thursday November 17th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Snipe, 182 Lapwing, 2 Pochard, 8 Mallard, 30 Teal, 50 Wigeon, 40 Tufted Duck, 8 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, a Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Kestrel and a Buzzard today.


Friday November 18th

No reports.


Saturday November 19th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Snipe, 125 Lapwing, 10 Mallard, 18 Teal, 24 Wigeon, 30 Tufted Duck, 6 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, a Greylag Goose, 2 Chinese Goose, a Stonechat, 3 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite and 2 Peregrine (1 adult, 1 juvenile) this morning.

NB: Chinese Geese are a local favourite (we used to have a resident trio which were released on site), but all records are obviously escapees from a wildfowl collection.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Peregrine


Sunday November 20th

Richard Seargent reported a Yellow-legged Gull (adult) this afternoon.


Monday November 21st

Richard Horton reported 14 Snipe, a Jack Snipe, a Water Rail and 3 Yellow-legged Gull today.


Tuesday November 22nd

Carey Lodge reported a Green Sandpiper, a Yellow-legged Gull and a Red Kite today.


Wednesday November 23rd

No reports.


Thursday November 24th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Green Sandpiper, 150 Lapwing, 6 Pochard, 12 Mallard, 18 Teal, 23 Wigeon, 40 Tufted Duck, 16 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, a Greylag Goose, a Yellow-legged Gull, 30 Fieldfare, 2 Bullfinch, a Stonechat, a Raven, a Buzzard, a Red Kite, a Kestrel and a Peregrine today.


Friday November 25th

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper and a Peregrine this morning.

(c) John Hunt - Gadwall
(c) John Hunt - Gadwall


Saturday November 26th

No reports.


Sunday November 27th

Richard Seargent reported a Common Sandpiper and a Grey Wagtail this morning.

In addition, Graham King reported 2 Snipe, 60 Lapwing, 40 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, a Siskin, 20 Lesser Redpoll and a Kestrel today.

(c) Richard Seargent - The Woods


Monday November 28th

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat, a Kestrel, a Red Kite and a Peregrine this morning.


Tuesday November 29th

Richard Horton reported a Common Sandpiper, 12 Snipe, a Jack Snipe, 2 Grey Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 8 Goldcrest, 10 Siskin, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Reed Bunting, 2 Brambling, 6 Bullfinch, 14 Redwing, 17 Fieldfare and a Buzzard today.

This is the first recorded sighting of Brambling this winter. The count of 2 Brambling equals the site record.

The count of 8 Goldcrest is a new site record.

NB: White Wagtail is not considered a separate species from Pied Wagtail by the BOU.


Wednesday November 30th

No reports.


Thursday December 1st

No reports.


Friday December 2nd

No reports.


Saturday December 3rd

No reports.


Sunday December 4th

John Hunt reported 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe and a Red Kite this morning.

(c) John Hunt - Frosty Morning

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Thursday November 3rd to Saturday November 13th

Shelter Funding Appeal

The Tice's Meadow Bird Group have applied for £1,000 funding from the Aviva Community Fund to build a shelter on Horton's Mound.

To win this funding we need as many votes as possible.

So do you have a spare 5 minutes? Would you like to make a difference?

If the answer is yes, then please vote for the Tice's Meadow Bird Group's Shelter Appeal at:
https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/vot…/project/view/16-1811

Remember, you get 10 votes to cast, we'd love all 10!

Voting closes noon Friday November 18th.

Thank you for your support.



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Thursday November 3rd

Richard Horton reported a Ring-necked Parakeet over the Workings this morning.

This is only the 5th recorded sighting of Ring-necked Parakeet on site, but the 2nd this year.


Friday November 4th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 15 Lapwing, a Little Egret, 3 Pochard, a Kingfisher, a Pheasant, 4 Stonechat, 40 Siskin, a Redwing, a Bullfinch, a Kestrel and a Buzzard this morning.

As part of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership's AGM, a large group of local councillors were given a tour around the site today by Richard Horton (Tice's Bird Group), Steve Bailey (BVCP) and Andy Duncan (Hanson). This was a good opportunity to inform them of the hard work being conducted at Tice's Meadow by all the stakeholders.

The BVCP Rangers team were hard at work in the River Blackwater clearing out some of the overgrown vegetation.

Mark Elsoffer reported a new species for Tice's Meadow: Common Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum).

(c) Murray Nurse - Local Councillors Visit Tice's
(c) Murray Nurse - Local Councillors Visit Tice's
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Local Councillors Visit Tice's
(c) Mark Elsoffer - BVCP Rangers Hard at Work

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Common Earthball

 

Saturday November 5th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Little Egret, 12 Fieldfare, a Raven, 2 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk today.

In addition, Dave Baker reported a Yellow-legged Gull.

Today we held a suprise party on site for Richard Horton's 70th birthday. 26 friends of Tice's Meadow enjoyed a day of bbq, tea and cake, birding and banter. A good time was had by all, and it was deemed a fitting way to thank Richard for all the hard work he does on site as our leader and focal point.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Richard Holding Court
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Richard and His Gift from the Bird Group
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Keeping Warm Around the Fire
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Catering by Steve Minhinnick
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Hungry Partygoers
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Birthday Boy
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Richard's Cake
(c) Roger Dickey - We Couldn't Afford 70 Candles!
(c) Richard Seargent - Richard's Card
(c) Richard Seargent - Richard's Card
(c) Richard Seargent - Richard and His LRP Painting
(c) Rich Mooney - Cold Partygoers
(c) Rich Mooney - Handshakes and Hugs All Round
(c) Rich Mooney -Handshakes and Hugs All Round
(c) Rich Mooney -Present Time
(c) Rich Mooney - Richard Seargent the MC
(c) Rich Mooney -The Friends of Tice's Meadow
(c) Rich Mooney -Army Birders Selfie


Sunday November 6th

John Hunt reported 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Chiffchaff and a Stonechat this morning.

(c) John Hunt - View From Horton's Mound
(c) John Hunt - Stonechat


Monday November 7th

No reports.


Tuesday November 8th

Oli Sackwood reported 2 Whooper Swan on the Workings this morning.

Whooper Swan is a new species for Tice's Meadow, the 190th bird species recorded on site. Whooper Swan is the 150th bird species recorded on site this year.


Wednesday November 9th

No reports.


Thursday November 10th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Snipe, 24 Lapwing, 2 Pochard, a Greylag Goose, 4 Stonechat, 13 Redwing, 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, a Peregrine and a Red Kite this afternoon.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - A Newly Wet Meadow

Friday November 11th

No reports.


Saturday November 12th

This morning's planned work party was sadly cancelled due to the heavy rain. Thanks to everyone who had planned to attend.

Richard Seargent reported a new species for Tice's Meadow: Orange Peel Fungus (Aleuria aurantia).

(c) Richard Seargent - Orange Peel Fungus


Sunday November 13th

Dave Baker reported a Little Egret, 61 Cormorant, 52 Greylag Geese (20 over) and a Peregrine this morning.

The count of 61 Cormorants is a new site record count. It has been noticeable recently that Cormorant numbers are increasing. Where as they used to fish at the nearby Badshot Lea Ponds and only come to Tice's Meadow to loaf and preen, they are now being seen regularly fishing on site. This is possibly due to the very low water levels corralling the fish into small areas of deep water between the islands.

Dave also reported a Water Shrew under one of the tin refugia on Horton's Mound.

(c) Dave Baker - Meadow Pipits on Grim's Bender

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Wednesday October 26th to Wednesday November 2nd

Shelter Funding Appeal

The Tice's Meadow Bird Group have applied for £1,000 funding from the Aviva Community Fund to build a shelter on Horton's Mound.

To win this funding we need as many votes as possible.

So do you have a spare 5 minutes? Would you like to make a difference?

If the answer is yes, then please vote for the Tice's Meadow Bird Group's Shelter Appeal at:
https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/vot…/project/view/16-1811

Remember, you get 10 votes to cast, we'd love all 10!

Thank you for your support.




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Wednesday October 26th

No reports.


Thursday October 27th

No reports.


Friday October 28th

Mark Elsoffer reported 6 Snipe, 18 Lapwing, a Little Egret, a Pochard, 62 Wigeon, a Little Grebe, 3 Common Gull, 30 Fieldfare, c250 Wood Pigeon (over), 3 Stonechat, 4 Kestrel, 2 Red Kite, 10 Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk today.


Saturday October 29th

Dave Baker reported a Curlew, 62 Wigeon, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, a Blackcap, 28 Stock Dove and 2 Red Kite this morning.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported a Dunlin (over), 20 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, a Little Grebe, a Pheasant, 12 Skylark, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Siskin, 2 Stonechat, a Treecreeper and a Peregrine this morning.

Treecreeper is the 149th species of bird recorded on site this year. This is only the 6th recorded sighting of Treecreeper on site.

Dave Baker reported a new species for Tice's Meadow: Pleated Inkcap (Parasola plicatilis).

(c) Dave Baker - Pleated Inkcap


Sunday October 30th

Dave Baker reported 12 Siskin and a Yellowhammer this morning.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported a Golden Plover and 3 Pheasant this morning.

In addition, John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, a Little Egret, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and a Stonechat this afternoon.

Richard Horton found a dead Little Owl in the stream in Tice's Wood today.

Richard Seargent reported a new species for Tice's Meadow: Dog Sick Slime Mould (Mucilago crustacea).

(c) Richard Seargent - Dog Sick Slime Mould
(c) John Hunt - Snipe
(c) John Hunt - Stonechat
(c) John Hunt - Stonechat

Monday October 31st

Carey Lodge reported 26 Snipe and a Little Egret this morning.

Carey also reported large numbers of Harlequin Ladybirds, a phenomenon that has been reported countrywide recently as they swarm together and look for shelter from the approaching cold weather.

(c) Carey Lodge - Ruby Tiger Moth Caterpillar


Tuesday November 1st

No reports.


Wednesday November 2nd

No reports.



Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Tuesday October 18th - Tuesday October 25th

Shelter Funding Appeal


The Tice's Meadow Bird Group have applied for £1,000 funding from the Aviva Community Fund to build a shelter on Horton's Mound.

To win this funding we need as many votes as possible.

So do you have a spare 5 minutes? Would you like to make a difference?

If the answer is yes, then please vote for the Tice's Meadow Bird Group's Shelter Appeal at:
https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/vot…/project/view/16-1811

Remember, you get 10 votes to cast, we'd love all 10!

Thank you for your support.






2017 Calendar

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Tuesday October 18th

No reports.


Wednesday October 19th

No reports.


Thursday October 20th

No reports.


Friday October 21st

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 2 Little Egret, 4 Stonechat, 50+ Fieldfare (over) and a Red Kite this morning.

In addition, Richard Horton and Richard Seargent reported a Yellow-browed Warbler this afternoon. This was possibly the same bird that John Hunt found in the neighbouring Badshot Lea Ponds area this morning.

Yellow-browed Warbler is a new species for the site (species # 189), and the 148th species recorded on site this year.

There have been 13 records of Yellow-browed Warbler in the vice county of Surrey prior to this year. This Autumn alone, there have been 7 reported in the vice county of Surrey during a well documented nationwide influx, with our bird being the 20th overall record.


Saturday October 22nd

Dave Baker reported a Little Egret, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (adults), 3 Common Gull, a Rook, 30+ Chaffinch (over), 4 Lesser Redpoll (the first of the Autumn), 2 Siskin and c125 Fieldfare (over) this afternoon.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported 2 Green Sandpiper, 103 Lapwing, 79 Wigeon, 5 Pochard, a Little Grebe, 2 Stonechat, 2 Buzzard and 2 Red Kite this afternoon.

The count of at least 30 Chaffinch is a new site record count.


Sunday October 23rd

John Hunt reported 11 Snipe, a Little Egret, 2 Stonechat and a Swallow this morning.

This is the latest Swallow recorded on site by 3 days.

(c) John Hunt - Meadow Pipit


Monday October 24th

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper, a Snipe, a Little Egret, a Yellow-legged Gull (adult) and 2 Stonechat this afternoon.


Tuesday October 25th

No reports.