Sunday 17 September 2017

Thursday September 7th to Sunday September 17th

Annual Report

The Tice's Meadow 2016 Annual Report can now be downloaded for free from this link:!AuC9nX__kWIggSW-F4MUtWcsifGH

If you would like to buy a glossy, full colour, A4 hardcopy of the report for £15, please email us:

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

Pin Badges

Tice's Meadow Bird Group pin badges are now available.

25mm high quality, hard enamel pin badge with butterfly clutch fixing.

Strictly limited run of 100 badges.

£4 each. £5 including postage & packing.

Available in person from Mark Elsoffer or Richard Horton.

Or, email if you'd like us to post one to you upon receipt of payment.

Cash, cheques, PayPal and BACS transfers accepted.

All profits go towards the Tice's Meadow Bird Group's work at Tice's Meadow.

Thursday September 7th

Mark Elsoffer reported 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover (juvs), 2 Teal, a Kestrel, 2 Buzzard and a Red Kite today.

(c) Lyndsay Rowland - Grass Snake

Friday September 8th

The first returning Wigeon of the Autumn was reported today, 4 days earlier than in 2016.

Saturday September 9th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover (juvs), 3+ Yellow Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 100+ House Martin, 30 Swallow, 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk today.

In addition, Dave Baker reported 4 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat and a Nuthatch today.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported a Spotted Flycatcher this afternoon.

This is only the 9th recorded sighting of Spotted Flycatcher on site.

Spotted Flycatcher is the 133rd species of bird recorded on site this year.

Graham King found a new species for the site today:
Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor).

Ten volunteers gave up their Saturday morning today to cut and remove invasive willow from the reed beds. Thank you to everyone who helped out, including newcomers Rob and Ben.
(c) Graham King - Elephant Hawk-moth Caterpillar
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Some of the Volunteers Enjoying a Break

Sunday September 10th

Richard Seargent reported a Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover (juvs), a Water Rail, a Swift, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal and a Shoveler today.

Today's Swift is the latest ever recorded at Tice's Meadow, beating the old record by 4 days.

(c) Murray Nurse - Earthball Fungi
(c) Murray Nurse - Hoverfly sp
(c) Murray Nurse - Orb Weaver Spider sp
(c) Murray Nurse - Robin's Pin Cushion Gall

Monday September 11th

Richard Horton reported 3 Whinchat, 3 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit and a Barn Owl this morning.

In addition, Dave Smith reported a Peregrine this afternoon.

Richard, Len, Jim & Oli replaced the Barn Owl box on the Kiln today. The old box, which was made by the group, was falling to bits and posed a health & safety risk for users of the Kiln. Good work guys!

We know that Barn Owls are regular in fields to the west of Tice's Meadow in Badshot Lea, and we thought that they were occasionally roosting in the Kiln nest box (after finding loads of pellets), but have only had 4 reported sightings since the winter of 2012/13 (when there was a handful of sightings).

So imagine the volunteer's surprise when a Barn Owl flew out of the box they were about to remove and flew off over the meadow. Also found inside were 2 old eggs and a recently killed short tailed vole.

The TMBG will soon be putting up 2 new Barn Owl nest boxes on telegraph poles on the edge of the meadow, so fingers crossed for more sightings in the future.

(c) Oli - Patch Commander Reaches New Heights

Tuesday September 12th

No reports.

Wednesday September 13th

No reports.

Thursday September 14th

Mark Elsoffer reported 3 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover (juv), 3 Lapwing, 8 Greylag Goose, a Bar-headed Goose (escapee), 40 Meadow Pipit, 20 House Martin, 12 Swallow, 2 Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel and a Peregrine today.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Bar-headed Goose
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Bar-headed Goose

Friday September 15th

Bob Waller reported a Bar-headed Goose (escapee) today.

Richard Horton gave a talk at the Badshot Lea Resident's Association's AGM this evening on the progress of the restoration of Tice's Meadow.

(c) Bob Waller - Bar-headed Goose

Saturday September 16th

Dave Baker reported a Little Egret, 100+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, a Swallow, 5+ Sand Martin, a Bar-headed Goose (escapee) and a Peregrine today.

(c) Dave Baker - Peregrine

Sunday September 17th

Dave Baker reported 5 Snipe, 4 Gadwall, a Bar-headed Goose, a Reed Warbler, a Sedge Warbler (juv), a few Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Sand Martin, a few House Martin, 120 Swallow and a Peregrine this morning.

In addition, Murray Nurse reported an Osprey (flew over heading SE) this afternoon.

This is only the 6th recorded sighting of Osprey on site, but remarkably the 4th this year.

(c) Murray Nurse - Flag Iris Seed Pods
(c) Murray Nurse - Hornbeam Fruit
(c) Murray Nurse - Bell's Piece Wildflower Meadow
(c) Murray Nurse - Reedmace
(c) Murray Nurse - Spindle Berries
(c) Dave Baker - Bar-headed Goose
(c) Dave Baker - Sand Martin with Swallows
(c) Dave Baker - Swallows

(c) Dave Baker - Swallows over the Workings

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