Friday 20 November 2015

Tuesday November 3rd to Thursday November 19th

Tuesday November 3rd

John Hunt reported 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 21 Golden Plover, 50+ Teal, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 40+ Linnet, 20+ Siskin, 2 Stonechat, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and 3 Skylark this morning.

Wednesday November 4th

No reports.

Thursday November 5th

Richard Horton reported 90+ Golden Plover and 5 Green Sandpiper this morning.

Friday November 6th

No reports.

Saturday November 7th

14 hardy volunteers from the Tice's Meadow Bird Group braved the relentless strong wind and rain for an end-of-year BBQ today, which served as a thank you to the volunteers for all their hard work throughout the year. The BBQ was also an opportunity to thank Tony Anderson, the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership Ranger, who is retiring at the end of the year and has been a great friend of the Tice's Meadow Bird Group.

It was great to see 3 generations of one local family come to help us out, all of whom insisted on clearing ragwort from the River Blackwater whilst the burgers were being cooked!

After the BBQ, Jim Dunaway and Andy Little continued to clear and burn invasive willow in the Reedbeds.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Tice's Volunteers' BBQ
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Jim "Firestarter" Dunaway

Sunday November 8th

John Hunt reported a Green Sandpiper, c80 Lapwing, c20 Fieldfare, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat, a Skylark, a Kestrel and a large overhead eastward movement of Woodpigeon (c3-4000).

The count of c3-4000 Wood Pigeon is a new record count for the site.

Monday November 9th

Richard Horton reported that 2 Chinese Geese flew into the Meadow with 38 Greylag Geese this morning. The Chinese Geese were ringed with small yellow rings and had been reported at Tongham Gravel Pit recently.

Tuesday November 10th

Carey Lodge reported 6 Gadwall, 8 Wigeon, a Pochard (female), 2 Chinese Goose, c400 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Peregrine and a Red Kite this morning.

The count of c400 Lesser Black-backed Gulls is a new record count for the site.

Wednesday November 11th

No reports.

Thursday November 12th

Mark Elsoffer spent 8.5 hours on site today and reported a Green Sandpiper, a Curlew (over), 6 Lapwing, 14 Shoveler, c90 Teal, 3 Pochard, 10 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 14 Mute Swan, 33 Greylag Goose, 4 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Grebe, 425 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Kingfisher, 3 Stonechat, 3 Mistle Thrush, 12 Fieldfare, a Redwing, 2 Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk and a juvenile Peregrine.

The count of 425 Lesser Black-backed Gulls is a new record count for the site.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Peregrine
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Peregrine
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Peregrine
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Peregrine
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Peregrine

Friday November 13th

No reports.

Saturday November 14th

Grim Styles reported a female Black Redstart briefly sitting on his front garden fence (which faces Tice's Meadow), before flying off into the site boundary. This is only the 3rd record of Black Redstart for the site.

Sunday November 15th

Dave Baker reported c20 Herring Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and at least 323 Lesser Black-backed Gull this afternoon.

In addition, Graham King reported 2 Stonechat, a Kestrel and 33 Greylag Goose.

In addition, Kevin Duncan reported 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 19 Shoveler and 21 Wigeon.

Monday November 16th

Carey Lodge reported a Green Sandpiper, 20 Gadwall, 477 Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Red Kite and a Peregrine this morning.

The count of 477 Lesser Black-backed Gulls is a new record count for the site.

Tuesday November 17th

Eric Soden (the Surrey County Bird Recorder) and Richard Horton lead a visit by Eric's U3A birdwatching group on site today. Birds seen included a Green Sandpiper, a Little Egret, a Yellow-legged Gull, 100s of Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Red Kite, 3 Kestrels and a Peregrine.

Wednesday November 18th

No reports.

Thursday November 19th

No reports.

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