Sunday, 9 August 2015

Tuesday July 28th to Saturday August 8th

Late News
July 19th Kevin Duncan found a Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (Volucella inanis) - a new species for Tice's Meadow.

(c) Kevin Duncan, Hornet Mimic Hoverfly


Tuesday July 28th
No reports.

Wednesday July 29th
No reports.

Thursday July 30th
John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Dunlin, a Little Ringed Plover, a Ringed Plover, 2 Teal, a Kestrel, 7 Egyptian Geese and 30+ Lapwing present this morning.

Kevin Duncan reported 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Green Sandpipers, a Dunlin, 12 Egyptian Geese, 9 Greylag Geese and 2 Teal present this evening.

Kevin also found a Blue Shieldbug (Zicrona caerulea) - a new species for Tice's Meadow.

(c) Kevin Duncan, Blue Shieldbug
(c) Kevin Duncan, Common Lizard
(c) Kevin Duncan, Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle


Friday July 31st
Carey Lodge reported 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Green Sandpipers and a Dunlin present this afternoon.


Saturday August 1st
John Hunt and Richard Seargent reported 4 Common Sandpipers, 5 Green Sandpipers, a Dunlin, a Little Ringed Plover and 30+ Lapwing present this morning.

Richard also reported a Nightingale and a recently fledged Blackcap in the Woods, and a Painted Lady butterfly near the Silt Ponds.

Mark Elsoffer & Steve Minhinnick visited in the afternoon. 40 species of bird were recorded, including a Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Green Sandpipers (all in the Workings), 9 Egyptian Geese and 2 Hobby in the Meadow.

The following juvenile birds were recorded:
- Blackcap: 1 in the Woods.
- Blue Tit: 2 in the Woods.
- Hobby: 2 in the Meadow, perched on the new fence.
- Dunlin: 1 in the Workings.
- Egyptian Goose: 1 brood of 5 in the Meadow.

2 Roe Deer were in the Meadow. Steve found the first 3 Wasp Spiders of 2015 at the base of Horton's Mound.

Mark found a Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) in the Woods - a new species for Tice's Meadow.
 
(c) Mark Elsoffer, Hornet Mimic Hoverfly
(c) Mark Elsoffer, Wasp Spider
(c) Richard Seargent, Grey Heron
(c) Richard Seargent, Reed Warbler
(c) Richard Seargent, Roe Deer
(c) Grim Styles, Field Scabious
(c) Grim Styles, Trifid Bur-marigold


Sunday August 2nd
John Hunt reported 6 Common Sandpipers, 3 Green Sandpipers, a Dunlin, 2 juvenile Kestrels and 30+ Lapwing present this morning.

(c) John Hunt, Kestrel
(c) John Hunt, Lapwing
(c) John Hunt, Song Thrush
(c) John Hunt, Wasp Spider


Monday August 3rd
No reports.

Tuesday August 4th
Kevin Duncan reported 7 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 12 Egyptian Geese and 2 Teal present today.

Kevin also reported 5 juvenile Kestrels in the Meadow - a new site record.

Graham King reported 1 Common Sandpiper and 5 Green Sandpipers present later in the day.


Wednesday August 5th
Kevin Duncan found some White Bryony (Bryonia diocia) growing on site - a new species for Tice's Meadow.

(c) Kevin Duncan, White Bryony


Thursday August 6th
Carey Lodge reported 7 Kestrels (assumed to include the 5 juveniles present on August 4th) in the Meadow this morning - a new site record.

Richard Horton reported a Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper present this morning.

Kevin Duncan reported 2 Green Sandpipers and 3 Teal later in the day.

Andy Little reported 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Egyptian Geese and 4 Kestrels later in the day.


Friday August 7th
Mark Elsoffer spent 8 hours on site today. 51 species of bird were recorded, including a Nightingale in the Woods, 9 Buzzards passing over, a Red Kite in the Meadow, a Kingfisher over Horton's Mound, a Teal in the Bike Pool, 6 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 11 Egyptian Geese and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (all in the Workings).

The following juvenile birds were recorded:
- Kestrel: 1 in the Meadow. Spent most of the day perched on one of the "perching posts".
- Jackdaw: At least 10 were in a mixed flock in the Meadow.
- Blackcap: 2 in the Woods.
- Great-spotted Woodpecker: 1 in the Woods.
- Chiff-chaff: 2 on the northeast margins of the Workings.
- Coot: broods of 1 and 2 in the Workings.
- Egyptian Goose: 4 in the Meadow.
- Common Sandpiper: 1 in the Workings.

Around 100 Hare's-foot Inkcap mushrooms were found growing along the paths in the Woods. A Roe Deer was seen in the Meadow. Butterflies seen included Gatekeeper, Large White, Painted Lady, Comma, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell & Holly Blue.

Mark and Richard Horton did a quick survey of Horton's Mound and found circa 30 Wasp Spiders.

Richard also reported a Nuthatch in the Woods.

(c) Mark Elsoffer, Green Sandpipers & Common Sandpiper
(c) Mark Elsoffer, Meadow Grasshopper
(c) Mark Elsoffer, Gatekeeper
(c) Mark Elsoffer, Common Buzzard
(c) Mark Elsoffer, Wasp Spider
(c) Mark Elsoffer, Speckled Wood
(c) Grim Styles, Great Willowherb


Saturday August 8th
A work party took place this morning, with tasks completed including spraying the invasive ragwort and cutting the grass along the paths.

John Hunt reported that Grass Snakes, Slow Worms and lots of Wasp Spiders were seen this morning.

Grim Styles found some Smallflower Hairy Willowherb (Epilobium parviflorum) growing on site today - a new species for Tice's Meadow.

(c) Grim Styles, Rosebay Willowherb
(c) Grim Styles, Smallflower Hairy Willowherb

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