Saturday, 28 January 2017

Monday January 16th to Saturday January 28th

Upcoming Walks

The following guided walks are currently scheduled for the next few months:
  • Saturday 25th February -  Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust walk. Meet at Pea Bridge at 10am. Non-members welcome. More details here.
  • Sunday 9th April - Guildford & District Local RSPB Group walk. Lead by Sean Foote. Meet in Aldershot Park at 9.30am. Non-members welcome. More details here.

Spring BioBlitz

Our Spring BioBlitz will be held over the bank holiday weekend of Friday 28th April to Sunday 30th April. Full details can be found here.


2015-16 Reptile Survey

The 2015-16 reptile survey at Tice's Meadow conducted by Andy Glencross can be downloaded here.


Lost & Found

A maroon coloured FitBit has been lost by a visitor at Tice's Meadow. If you find it, please can you hand it to a member of the Tice's Meadow Bird Group so we can return it to it's owner.



Monday January 16th

No reports.


Tuesday January 17th

No reports.


Wednesday January 18th

John Hunt reported a Little Egret, a Water Rail in the river by the Pea Bridge, a Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, some Siskin and a Kestrel this afternoon.

(c) John Hunt - Kestrel
(c) John Hunt - Redwing
(c) John Hunt - Water Rail
(c) John Hunt - Water Rail


Thursday January 19th

No reports.


Friday January 20th

No reports.


Saturday January 21st

Richard Seargent reported a Woodcock flushed from the Woods, a Little Egret, several Snipe, a Water Rail in the river by the Pea Bridge, 6 Stonechat and a Kingfisher this morning.

In addition, Graham King reported a Green Sandpiper, 2 Redwing, 16 Fieldfare, 2 Bullfinch and 2 Kestrel today.

This is only the 4th reported sighting of Woodcock on site and the first since June 2015. It is thought that this is the first time one has been seen on the ground at Tice's Meadow - all other records have been flyovers.

(c) Richard Seargent - Kingfisher
(c) Richard Seargent - Kingfisher
(c) Richard Seargent - Kingfisher
(c) Richard Seargent - Redwing
(c) Richard Seargent - Stonechat
(c) Richard Seargent - Frosty Morning


Sunday January 22nd

John Hunt reported a Water Rail and 2 Snipe in the river by Pea Bridge first thing this morning.

25 people attended a Surrey Bird Club walk this morning and enjoyed good views of a Green Sandpiper, a Jack Snipe, 6 Snipe, a Water Rail in the river by Pea Bridge, a Little Egret, 3 Kingfisher on one small stretch of river, 20 Siskin, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Stonechat, 20 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, a Kestrel, a Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk.

A visiting birder reported an additional 2 Water Rail in a stretch of the river near the Silt Ponds this morning, meaning there were at least 3 on site today.

Steve Minhinnick reported a Woodcock flushed from the island between the river and the old river channel, and a Chiffchaff this morning.

Hot on the heels of the Woodcock sighting yesterday, it looks like this is probably the same bird that has been present on site for at least the weekend, probably having been moved off of it's usual site due to the cold weather.

(c) Carey Lodge - Water Rail
(c) Carey Lodge - Water Rail
(c) Richard Seargent - Kestrel
(c) Richard Seargent - Redwing
(c) Richard Seargent - Redwing
(c) Denise Murray - Kingfisher
(c) Denise Murray - Kingfisher
(c) John Hunt - Buzzard
(c) John Hunt - Kingfisher
(c) John Hunt - Water Rail
(c) John Hunt - Water Rail
(c) Mike Walker - Frosty Morning
(c) Mike Walker - Frosty Morning
(c) Mike Walker - Frosty Morning
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Surrey Bird Club Walk
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Surrey Bird Club Walk


Monday January 23rd

No reports.


Tuesday January 24th

Oli Sackwood reported a Green Sandpiper, a Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, 2 Water Rail, 40 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat, 7 Siskin, a Buzzard and a Kestrel today.

In addition, Richard Horton reported a Yellow-legged Gull, 60 Fieldfare, 2 Peregrine and a Red Kite today.


Wednesday January 25th

Phil Hughes reported a Water Rail in the river by the Pea Bridge this afternoon.

In addition, Oli Sackwood reported 5 Greylag Goose and 100+ Fieldfare today.

In addition, Richard Horton reported a Red Kite today.


Thursday January 26th

No reports.


Friday January 27th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Green Sandpiper, a Little Egret, a Water Rail, 40 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch, a Stonechat, a Chiffchaff, c200 Fieldfare, a Kestrel, a Buzzard and a Red Kite this afternoon.

A Roe Deer carcass in the Wheatear Field is regularly attracting feeding Buzzards and Red Kites.

Ray was once again single-handedly clearing invasive Willow from the Reedbeds.

Mark Elsoffer, Richard Horton and Richard Seargent held a productive meeting with Simon Elson from Surrey County Council on site this afternoon.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Stonechat
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Stonechat


Saturday January 28th

Dave Baker reported 3 Goshawk displaying outside the site boundaries today.

In addition, Kev Campbell reported a Kestrel today.

(c) Kev Campbell - Kestrel
(c) Kev Campbell - Kestrel
(c) Kev Campbell - Kestrel


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