Monday, 16 January 2017

Sunday January 1st to Sunday January 15th

Aviva Community Fund Shelter Appeal

We are delighted to announce that our Aviva Community Fund Shelter Appeal has passed due diligence & we have been awarded the £1,000 grant.

Over the past month a number of exciting opportunities have arisen because we have won this money. At the moment we need to keep quiet on the exact details, but rest assured that the future looks exciting at Surrey's Best Birding Site.

A massive thank you to everyone who voted for us in the Aviva Community Fund competion. We couldn't have done it without your votes.



Upcoming Walks

The following guided walks are currently scheduled for the next few months:
  • Sunday 22nd January - Surrey Bird Club walk. Meet at Pea Bridge at 9am. Non-members welcome. More details here.
  • Saturday 25th February -  Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust walk. Meet at Pea Bridge at 10am. Non-members welcome. More details here.

Randon's Ramblings


Tice's Meadow has been honoured with a prestigious Randon's Ramblings Award, for 2016 Surrey Patch of the Year. Read more about this award on Neil Randon's excellent blog here.




Sunday January 1st

Richard Horton reported 12 Snipe, 300 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, a Little Grebe, a Great Black-backed Gull, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Kingfisher, 7 Bullfinch, 7 Siskin, a Chiffchaff, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Stonechat, 5 Goldcrest, a Grey Wagtail, a Buzzard, a Kestrel, a Red Kite and a Peregrine this morning.

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

In addition, Oliver Sackwood reported a Brent Goose this morning.

This is only the 5th recorded sighting of Brent Goose on site.


Monday January 2nd

John Hunt reported a Green Sandpiper (possibly 2) this morning.

In addition, Mark Elsoffer reported 2 Snipe, 170 Lapwing, 9 Golden Plover, a Little Egret, a Greylag Goose, 4 Mallard, 10 Teal, 20 Wigeon, 5 Pochard, 65 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, a Blackcap, 10 Siskin, 4 Stonechat, 60 Fieldfare, 2 Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine this afternoon.

(c) Kev Campbell - Black-headed Gull
(c) Kev Campbell - Cormorant
(c) Kev Campbell - Cormorant
(c) Kev Campbell - Gadwall
(c) Kev Campbell - Goldcrest
(c) Kev Campbell - Goldfinch
(c) Kev Campbell - Goldfinch
(c) Kev Campbell - Grey Heron
(c) Kev Campbell - Robin
(c) Kev Campbell - Siskin
(c) Kev Campbell - Mute Swan
(c) Richard Seargent - Black-headed Gull


Tuesday January 3rd

Richard Seargent reported a Yellow-legged Gull (adult) and a Chiffchaff this morning.

In addition, Richard Horton reported a Coal Tit and a Peregrine today.

(c) Richard Seargent - Frosty Morning
(c) Richard Seargent - Mute Swans


Wednesday January 4th

No reports.


Thursday January 5th

No reports.


Friday January 6th

No reports.


Saturday January 7th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 7 Snipe, 200 Lapwing, a Little Egret, a Water Rail, 12 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 40 Wigeon, 56 Shoveler, 20 Teal, 3 Pochard, a Caspian Gull (3rd wtr), 24 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch, 70 Fieldfare, 24 Redwing, a Kestrel and a Buzzard this afternoon.

In addition, Graham King reported a Chiffchaff this afternoon.

This is only the 5th recorded sighting of Caspian Gull on site.

The Little Egret was colour-ringed: Left leg: Orange ring, black "L". Right leg: Green ring, white "D". This is a new ringed bird for the site. We are awaiting details of the bird's history.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Little Egret (Ringed)


Sunday January 8th

John Hunt reported a Little Egret, a Water Rail and 20+ Siskin this morning.

(c) John Hunt - Green Sandpiper
(c) John Hunt - Peregrine
(c) John Hunt - Water Rail
(c) John Hunt - Water Rail


Monday January 9th

No reports.

Tuesday January 10th

John Hunt reported a Green Sandpiper, a Little Egret, 100+ Lapwing, 40+ Shoveler, a Bullfinch and 2 Red Kite this morning.

(c) John Hunt - Bullfinch
(c) John Hunt - Teal


Wednesday January 11th

No reports.


Thursday January 12th

Richard Horton reported a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Rail and 7 Bullfinch today.


Friday January 13th

No reports.


Saturday January 14th

11 volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to attend a work party on site today. Nest boxes in the Woods were cleaned out, refurbished and new ones erected. The small pond by the Pea Bridge entrance was also cleared of invasive Willow. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Mark Elsoffer spent the day on site and reported a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 175 Lapwing, a Little Egret, 8 Mallard, 28 Tufted Duck, 32 Wigeon, 39 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 30 Teal, 4 Pochard, a Bullfinch, a Chiffchaff, 26 Siskin, 2 Stonechat, 60 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, a Grey Wagtail, a Raven, 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 3 Red Kite and a Peregrine.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported a Sparrowhawk this morning.

In addition, Richard Horton reported a Rook this morning.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Repairing Nest Boxes
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Putting Up Nest Boxes
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Cleaning Out Nest Boxes
(c) Richard Seargent - Kestrel
(c) Richard Seargent - Red Kite
(c) Richard Seargent - Red Kite
(c) Richard Seargent - Red Kite


Sunday January 15th

No reports.


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