Saturday, 31 December 2016

Monday December 26th to Saturday December 31st

Happy New Year to all our blog visitors and friends of Tice's Meadow.

2016 in Numbers

2016 has been another amazing year at Tice's Meadow. A full review of the year will be published soon in our forthcoming 2016 Annual Report. For now, here's a brief look at the year in numbers:
  • 152 species of bird were recorded on site this year;
    • A new record, beating 2014's 150 species.
  • 4 new bird species for the site were recorded this year:
    • Common Crane, Nightjar, Whooper Swan & Yellow-browed Warbler.
    • This takes our overall bird list to 190 species.
  • 4,385 bird sightings were submitted and added into our database.
    • 46 different people reported bird sightings to us.
    • Sightings were received for 256 days of the year.
  • 24 record counts for bird species were broken this year:
    • Bar-tailed Godwit, Bearded Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Dunlin, Goldcrest, Greenfinch, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Meadow Pipit, Mediterranean Gull, Raven, Sedge Warbler, Shoveler, Spoonbill, Teal, Wigeon, Willow Warbler, Wood Sandpiper & Yellow Wagtail.
  • 75 new species were added to our pan-species list;
    • Which now stands at 1,032 species.

Late News

Late news was received on December 27th from a local dog walker of a Barn Owl hunting in the north-west corner of the Meadow "2-3 weeks ago".

Barn Owl is the 152nd species recorded on site this year. This is the first recorded sighting of Barn Owl on site since October 28th 2014.


Monday December 26th

No reports.

 

Tuesday December 27th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 120 Lapwing, 46 Shoveler, 56 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 44 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 7 Gadwall, 3 Greylag Goose, 3 Stonechat, 50+ Siskin, 6 Bullfinch, 6 Goldcrest, 100 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 2500 Wood Pigeon, 3 Buzzard and a Kestrel today.

In addition, Richard Horton reported a Little Egret and a Goshawk today.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Goldcrest
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Goldcrest
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Goldcrest
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Goldcrest
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Siskin
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Siskin
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Siskin
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Bullfinch
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Bullfinch


Wednesday December 28th

No reports.

A dog walker informed Kev Campbell that they had seen an Otter swimming across the Plant Yard lake - if confirmed, this would be a first sighting for the site and a really exciting development.

(c) John Hunt - Kestrel
(c) John Hunt - Linnet
(c) Kev Campbell - Buzzard
(c) Kev Campbell - Buzzard
(c) Kev Campbell - Fieldfare
(c) Kev Campbell - Fieldfare
(c) Kev Campbell - Goldcrest
(c) Kev Campbell - Goldcrest
(c) Phil Fiddes - Kestrel
(c) Phil Fiddes - Mute Swan
(c) Phil Fiddes - Mute Swan
(c) Phil Fiddes - Wren


Thursday December 29th

No reports.


Friday December 30th

No reports.

Bernard Baverstock from the Surrey Mammals Group joined Richard Horton for an Otter hunt this morning. Unfortunately, no definitive signs of Otter were found.


Saturday December 31st

Richard Seargent reported a Green Sandpiper and 2 Little Egret this morning.

Richard also spent the morning investigating animal tracks on site.

(c) Richard Seargent - Richard Inspecting Tracks
(c) Richard Seargent - Animal Tracks
(c) Richard Seargent - Animal Tracks




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