Monday, 25 January 2016

Spring BioBlitz

The Tice's Meadow Bird Group are holding our annual Spring BioBlitz over the weekend of April 29th to May 1st.

Some of the regulars will be camping on site all weekend. A programme of birdwatching walks, bat detecting, small mammal trapping, moth trapping and bird-ringing demonstrations has been scheduled for the weekend. All are welcome to join us.

Please see attached images for further details. We hope to see you there!

Friday, 15 January 2016

Friday January 1st to Friday January 15th

Flickr Group

We now have a Flickr Group for photos taken at Tice's Meadow:

If you use Flickr and take photos at Tice's Meadow, please feel free to join the group and share the photos with us. If you're not a Flickr user you can still check out all the photos in the group.

Alex Potts' Macro-Photography

Alex Potts, a photographer at the Badshot Lea Kiln Studio, recently got in touch and sent us these excellent photos taken on site last July.

(c) Alex Potts - Ringlet
(c) Alex Potts- Speckled Wood
(c) Alex Woods - Small Skipper
(c) Alex Potts - Damselfly
(c) Alex Potts - Holly Blue
(c) Alex Potts - Scorpion Fly
(c) Alex Potts - Small Tortoiseshell
(c) Alex Potts - Common Stretch-spider
(c) Alex Potts - Common Stretch-spider
(c) Alex Potts - Nursery Web Spide

Alex also sent us some great landscape photos taken on site in December 2015.

(c) Alex Potts
(c) Alex Potts
(c) Alex Potts

Friday January 1st

Richard Seargent reported a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 5 Snipe and a Little Egret this morning.

Mark Elsoffer and Steve Minhinnick reported 70 Lapwing, a Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 15 Wigeon, 9 Gadwall, 30 Shoveler, 100 Teal, 14 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 14 Mute Swan, a Yellow-legged Gull (adult), 44 Redwing and 2 Lesser Redpoll this afternoon.

Dave Baker took this photo of Blackthorn in blossom - a consequence of the unseasonably mild weather we've seen this winter.

(c) Dave Baker - Blackthorn in Blossom

Saturday January 2nd

Richard Seargent reported 6 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe and a Yellow-legged Gull (adult) this morning.

In addition, "Tuffyandtab" reported 200 Lapwing, 10 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 35 Shoveler and 30 Teal today.

Sunday January 3rd

Richard Seargent reported 4 Snipe, a Jack Snipe and a Peregrine this morning.

Monday January 4th

John Hunt reported 2 Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 100 Lapwing, 100+ Teal, 20+ Wigeon, 20+ Shoveler, 8 Pochard and 3 Stonechat this morning.

In addition, Murray Nurse reported a Kingfisher, a Blackcap (female) and a small flock of Redwing today.

Tuesday January 5th

Carey Lodge reported 2 Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper and a Red Kite today.

Wednesday January 6th

No reports.

Thursday January 7th

No reports.

Friday January 8th

Dave Carlsson reported 3 Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper and a Buzzard today.

Saturday January 9th

No reports.

Sunday January 10th

John Hunt reported 3 Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 70 Lapwing, 100+ Teal, 20 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 5 Egyptian Goose, a Stonechat, 10+ Linnet, 2 Meadow Pipit, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk this morning.

(c) John Hunt - Meadow Pipit

Monday January 11th

No reports.

Tuesday January 12th

No reports.

Wednesday January 13th

No reports.

Thursday January 14th

No reports.

Friday January 15th

John Hunt reported a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Little Egret, 60+ Wigeon and 2 Stonechat this morning.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Thursday December 24th - Thursday December 31st

Late News

On August 27th Mark Elsoffer estimated a total of at least 1,000 Canada Geese on site. Mark took a series of photos of the geese on site and when bored over Christmas stitched them together and counted an exact total of 1,303 Canada Geese - a new site record count.

Edit: This is the largest flock of Canada Geese ever recorded in Surrey.

Whilst doing the above, Mark also counted 6 Canada X Greylag Goose Hybrids - a new site record count.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Goose Panorama (East)
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Goose Panorama (West)

Thursday December 24th

No reports.

Friday December 25th

No reports.

Saturday December 26th

No reports.

Sunday December 27th

No reports.

Monday December 28th

Mark Elsoffer & Steve Minhinnick reported a Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 110 Lapwing, a Little Egret, 12 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 26 Shoveler, 45 Teal, 11 Wigeon, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 9 Siskin, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Stonechat and a Buzzard this afternoon.

In addition, a visiting birder reported 3 Green Sandpiper in the Works this afternoon.

Two yobs riding dirt bikes were kicked off site today.  The police were called and turned-up for a quick drive around the area to see if they could see them. If you see anyone on motorbikes on site, or anyone else acting anti-socially or comitting any other crimes, please call 101 to report them.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Siskin
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Siskin

Tuesday December 29th

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Great Black-backed Gull, a Kingfisher and 3 Stonechat this morning.

Wednesday December 30th

Richard Seargent reported 2 Green Sandpiper, a Little Egret, 24 Wigeon, 19 Gadwall, 21 Shoveler and a Red Kite this morning.

Thursday December 31st

Kevin Duncan reported 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 122 Lapwing, a Little Egret, a Redshank, 23 Mute Swan, 687 Black-headed Gull and a Sparrowhawk this morning.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported a Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher this morning.

In addition, Dave Baker reported an adult Yellow-legged Gull this morning.

In addition, John Hunt reported 110 Lapwing, 100+ Teal, 30+ Shoveler and 2 Stonechat this morning.

The count of 23 Mute Swan is a new site record count.

(c) Kev Campbell - Kingfisher
(c) Kev Campbell - Magpie
(c) Kev Campbell - Cormorant
(c) Kev Campbell - Redwing
(c) Kev Campbell - Robin