Monday, 15 February 2016

Monday February 8th to Monday February 15th

Website Update

There is now a slideshow of the latest photos added to our Flickr Group on the Photo Gallery page.

The 2016 Year List has been updated. See if you can be the first to spot a new species for the year on site.

The Record Counts list has been updated. See if you can record a new record count for the site and get your name in the record books.

The Events page has been updated with details of forthcoming walks and the Spring BioBlitz.

The Pan Species List page became unmanageable (due to so many species being identified on site!) so the tables have been replaced with a link to a spreadsheet which you can either view online or download to your PC/phone.

Late News

Hilary G found a new species for Tice's Meadow on January 13th: Candlesnuff Fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon).

(c) Hilary G, Candlesnuff Fungus.

Andy Collett shared these great photos, taken on January 7th, via our Flickr Group.

Blue Tit 1
(c) Andy Collett, Blue Tit.
Blue Tit 2
(c) Andy Collett, Blue Tit.
Little Egret in Flight_2
(c) Andy Collett, Little Egret.
Little Egret 5
(c) Andy Collett, Little Egret.
Little Egret 2
(c) Andy Collett, Little Egret.
Little Egret
(c) Andy Collett, Little Egret.

Monday February 8th

No reports.

Tuesday February 9th

Mark Elsoffer spent all day on site and reported a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, a Little Egret, c180 Lapwing, 19 Mallard, 20 Gadwall, c200 Teal, 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 61 Wigeon, 5 Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Stonechat, 10 Siskin, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite, a Peregrine and 3 Buzzard.

Mark also reported a Fox in the Meadow and a Roe Deer in the Reedbed.

Keith Kerr joined Mark for the morning and spent a few hours checking under the tin and felt refugia scattered across the site. They found 3 Common Lizards (Zootoca vivipara), a Toad (Bufo bufo) and a Common Shrew (Sorex araneus).

Keith also found a spider of the "Metellina" genus (unable to ID to species level as a sub-adult), a micro-moth larvae inside a Teasel head, a rove beetle of the subfamily "Tachyporinae" (Keith currently trying to ID to species level), a predatory rove beetle larva and a ground beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis) - a new species for Tice's Meadow.

Richard Horton was spotted rushing around the site putting up posters advertising our forthcoming BioBlitz.

(c) Mark Elsoffer, The Meadow
(c) Mark Elsoffer, Common Toad
(c) Mark Elsoffer, Little Egret
(c) Mark Elsoffer, Pair of Stonechats
(c) Mark Elsoffer, Gibby's Cows
(c) Mark Elsoffer, Kestrel Eating a Shrew
(c) Keith Kerr, Common Lizard
(c) Keith Kerr, Metellina Genus Spider
(c) Keith Kerr, Anchomenus dorsalis
(c) Keith Kerr, Predatory Rove Beetle Larva

Wednesday February 10th

No reports.

Thursday February 11th

Barry Russ reported a Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, c40 Lapwing, 2 Pochard, 4 Greylag Goose and a Buzzard this morning.

Friday February 12th

Andy Little reported 7 Snipe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Stonechat and a Kestrel today.

In addition, Tony Cummins reported 9 Shoveler, 30 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 15 Redwing, 3 Siskin, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Lesser Redpoll and a Sparrowhawk today.

In addition, Andy and Tony reported 40 to 60 Golden Plover which circled the site for a few minutes before departing south without landing.

This is the first reported sighting of Golden Plover on site this year.

Roger Dickey visited today, and with help from Richard Horton, Jim Dunaway and Andy Little, staked out the ringing lanes and began to clear the willow, in preparation for the forthcoming BioBlitz.

Saturday February 13th

A work party was scheduled for this morning but was unfortunately called-off due to the bad weather.

Sunday February 14th

Richard Seargent reported a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper and a Red Kite this morning. Richard also reported a "large concentration" of Siskin and Redwing around the Pea Bridge.

In addition, Neil Bew reported 50 Teal, 60 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 90 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, a Stonechat and a Kestrel today.

Monday February 15th

No reports.

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