Thursday, 20 April 2017

Thursday April 13th to Thursday April 20th

Reporting of Schedule 1 Breeding Birds

From March 19th no Schedule 1 species which may be breeding on site (or other species which we deem to be sensitive) shall be reported publicly. This is for the protection of the birds.

This is in accordance with our Bird Reporting Policy which can be read here.

More information about Schedule 1 birds can be read here. Guidance on photographing Schedule 1 birds can be read here.



Annual Report

The Tice's Meadow 2016 Annual Report can now be downloaded for free from this link:
https://1drv.ms/b/s!AuC9nX__kWIggSW-F4MUtWcsifGH

If you would like to buy a glossy, full colour, A4 hardcopy of the report for £15, please email us: ticesmeadow@hotmail.co.uk

All funds raised from the sale of our annual report are channelled back into projects on the nature reserve.




Spring BioBlitz

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

Note: For those of you who bought one of our calendars, this is a week earlier than shown on the calendar.

Activities currently planned for the weekend include guided bird walks, moth trapping, guided bat walks and a weekend-long bird ringing demonstration (run by Roger Dickey).

Please keep an eye out for further announcements, including which other partner organisations will be attending this year.

Over 90 members of the public enjoyed last year's BioBlitz, with 86 species of bird recorded, and one well known birder called it "The highlight of the Surrey birding year". We hope to see you all at the 2017 event.


Request for Materials

We've got a lot of projects going on at Tice's Meadow at the moment. If you have any of the materials listed below going spare and would like to donate them to us, and hence save us some money which can be spent on other projects at the nature reserve, please get in touch.



Facebook

We now have a dedicated public group on Facebook. Please join and report your sightings and share your news and photographs.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ticesmeadow/


Correction

The plant identified as Spring Snowflake found by Kevin Duncan on March 28th has been re-identified as Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum). Thanks to Mike and Jane Clifford for clarifying this for us.



Thursday April 13th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Green Sandpiper, a Lapwing, 7 Mallard, 6 Teal, a Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 3 Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, a Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 4 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 2 Kestrel, 2 Red Kite and 10 Buzzard today.

In addition, John Hunt reported a Little Egret, a Common Tern and a Yellow Wagtail this morning.

John also reported a pair of Stock Doves using nest box #16.

Fledgling House Sparrows (Steve Minhinnick) and Blackbirds (Richard Horton) were reported today.

An owl pellet was found on Horton's Mound today and retrieved for disection at the BioBlitz.

(c) Steve Minhinnick - Whitethroat


Friday April 14th

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Tern and a Willow Warbler this morning.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported a Whitethroat this morning.

In addition, Stuart Cossey reported 15 Sand Martin and 6 Swallow this afternoon.

John also reported 2 Roe Deer this morning. The resident Roe Deer have become alot less conspicuous since the cattle were introduced to the Meadow.

Richard Seargent and Len Winchcombe found a dead Barn Owl on the road by the Pea Bridge today.


Saturday April 15th

Dave Baker reported 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, a Stonechat and a House Martin this morning.

In addition, Mark Elsoffer reported 3 Common Sandpiper, 10 Mallard, 2 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 4 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, a Cuckoo (seen flying past Horton's Mound), c30 Swallow, a 2nd House Martin, 2 Kestrel, 6 Buzzard and a Red Kite today.

In addition, Richard Horton reported 2 Willow Warbler and 7 Sand Martin today.

In addition, Mike Huddie reported a Sedge Warbler this afternoon.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported a Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Ray's Gap. The bird was heard by Richard at 07:47, at 09:57 by Dave Baker, and again by Mark Elsoffer & Steve Minhinnick at around 10:30. There was no further sign after this. We are unsure if this is the same bird last seen 9 days ago or a new arrival that has coincidentally turned up in the exact same location.

If the Grasshopper Warbler is a new bird, it is only the 4th recorded sighting for the species on site, and the 2nd this year.

Ringed Plover is the 107th species of bird recorded on site this year.

House Martin is the 108th species of bird recorded on site this year.

Sedge Warbler is the 109th species of bird recorded on site this year.


Sunday April 16th

John Hunt reported 2 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail and a Swallow this morning.

In addition, Richard Horton reported a Sedge Warbler today.

(c) John Hunt - Wheatear
(c) John Hunt - Wheatear
(c) John Hunt - Wheatear



Monday April 17th

Mark Elsoffer reported 3 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover, a Lapwing, 8 Mallard, 6 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 3 Common Tern, 3 Raven (2 inside the recording boundary), 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, 30 Swallow, 20 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, 2 Kestrel, 6 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk and 2 Red Kite today.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported 2 Reed Warbler, a Wheatear and a Swift today.

A total of 7 Yellow Wagtail were reported flying north over the site today by various observers.

Swift is the 110th species of bird recorded on site this year.

Reed Warbler is the 111th species of bird recorded on site this year.

Today's Swift is the joint earliest ever recorded on site (the same day as in 2006 and 2016).

Mark Elsoffer reported a new species for Tice's Meadow today: Eyelash Cup Fungus (Scutellinia scutellata).

Murray Nurse kindly donated 2 moth traps to the Tice's Meadow Bird Group - thanks Murray!

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Eyelash Cup Fungus
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Eyelash Cup Fungus
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Wheatear
(c) Richard Horton - Moth Trap


Tuesday April 18th

John Hunt reported 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Common Tern, a Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, a Willow Warbler, 30+ Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 4 Swallow and 2 Raven (outside recording area) this morning.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported a Redshank and a Little Egret this afternoon.

White Wagtail is the 112th species of bird recorded on site this year.


Wednesday April 19th

John Hunt reported 2 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, a Whinchat, a Wheatear, a Stonechat, 2 Reed Warbler, 6+ Sand Martin, a House Martin and a Red Kite this morning.

Whinchat is the 113th species of bird recorded on site this year.

Today's Whinchat is the earliest recorded on site by 3 days.

(c) John Hunt - Stonechat
(c) John Hunt - Stonechat


Thursday April 20th

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 2 Reed Warbler and a Sedge Warbler this morning.

In addition, Mike Huddie reported 30-40 House Martin this morning.




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