Sunday, 2 December 2018

Sunday 18th November to Sunday 2nd December

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Sunday 18th November


John Hunt: 1 Snipe, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Siskin & 3 Fieldfare.

Shaun Ferguson: 2 Peregrine.

(c) John Hunt - Great Spotted Woodpecker
(c) Shaun Ferguson - Bullfinch
(c) Shaun Ferguson - Feeding Station
(c) Shaun Ferguson - Meadow Pipit
(c) Shaun Ferguson - Peregrines
(c) Shaun Ferguson - Shelter
(c) Shaun Ferguson - Siskin
(c) Rustam Khan - Blue Tit
(c) Rustam Khan - Bullfinch
(c) Rustam Khan - Goldfinch
(c) Rustam Khan - Nuthatch


Monday 19th November


(c) Phil Fiddes - Bullfinch
(c) Phil Fiddes - Autumn Leaves
(c) Phil Fiddes - View from Horton's Mound
(c) Phil Fiddes - The Woods


Tuesday 20th November

No reports.


Wednesday 21st November

Richard Horton: 1 Little Stint.

Peter Brown: 5 Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 1 Red Kite & 1 Peregrine.

Note: There has been some confusion over the identification of the Little Stint. The majority of observers agreed on Little Stint, though some thought Temminck's Stint. The poor viewing conditions and distance, plus the presence of a Dunlin, did not help. A rare bird report has been submitted to the Tice's Meadow Records Committee and the Surrey Bird Club Records Committee.

If approved, Little Stint is the 134th species of bird recorded on site this year.

If approved, this is only the 5th sighting of Little Stint on site, and the first since September 20th 2014.

Our friends from Bells Piece planted 3 hop plants behind our new shelter today. The hop plants were generously donated by the Hogs Back Brewery.

(c) Grim Styles - Bells Piece Residents Planting Hops


Thursday 22nd November

Mark Elsoffer: 1 Little Stint, 1 Green Sandpiper, 98 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Stonechat, 5 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk & 1 Red Kite.


Friday 23rd November

Richard Seargent: 1 Little Stint.

Steve Chastell: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Domestic Mallard, 7 Pochard, 32 Teal, 22 Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 22 Tufted Duck, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Siskin, 3 Fieldfare, 112 Redwing & 1 Kestrel.

(c) Paul Mannering - Goldfinches
(c) Paul Mannering - Siskin


Saturday 24th November

Richard Seargent: 1 Little Stint, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Golden Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 13 Mute Swan, 9 Pochard, 73 Tufted Duck, 6 Wigeon, 12 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 16 Mallard, 83 Teal & 1 Peregrine.

The Tice's Meadow Bird Group joined with the Badshot Lea Bloomers and the Waverley Borough Council Ranger for the Badshot Lea Pond Big Volunteer Day this morning. Vegetation was cleared, litter picked, nest boxes cleared out & 2 new nest boxes added. Great team work by the Badshot Lea community.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Having a Well Earned Break
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Newly Cleared Viewpoint


Sunday 25th November

Mark Elsoffer: 1 Little Stint, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Snipe & 1 Little Egret.

Ed Stubbs: 1 Yellow-legged Gull (2nd winter).

Colour-ringed Little Egret "BK" returned to site today. Originally ringed in North Cotes, Lincolnshire, in June 2013, a map of his recorded movements can be seen below.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Little Egret "BK" Sightings
(c) Richard Seargent - Little Egret
(c) Richard Seargent - Little Egret


Monday 26th November

Peter Brown: 1 Dunlin & 1 Little Grebe.

Steve Chastell: 1 Green Sandpiper.


Tuesday 27th November

There was an amazing turn-out of around 50 visitors for the Badshot Lea Village Infants School night-time walk this evening. Despite the weather, they all enjoyed their walk and hot chocolate in the new shelter.

(c) Badshot Lea Infants School - Night-time Visitors


Wednesday 28th November

No reports.


Thursday 29th November

No reports.


Friday 30th November

Mark Elsoffer: 1 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 110 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret ("BK"), 1 Domestic Duck, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 1 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard & 2 Peregrine.

Peter Brown: 1 Little Grebe.

Andy Little: 2 Chiffchaff.


Saturday 1st December

Richard Seargent: 1 Dunlin.


Sunday 2nd December

Mark Elsoffer: 1 Dunlin, 76 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk & 1 Red Kite.

Len Winchcombe: 2 Green Sandpiper.

Richard Seargent: 1 Yellow-legged Gull.

Richard Horton: 1 Little Grebe.

(c) Steve Minhinnick / Susan Renaud - Busy Morning in the Obs





Saturday, 17 November 2018

Monday 5th November to Saturday 17th November

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Monday 5th November


No reports.

Tuesday 6th November


(c) Richard Seargent - Herb Robert
(c) Richard Seargent - Wood Avens


Wednesday 7th November

No reports.


Thursday 8th November

Andy Little: a Barn Owl.

Peter Brown: a Pochard, a Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, a Red Kite & a Kestrel.


Friday 9th November

(c) Susan Renaud - Autumnal Colour
(c) Susan Renaud - Autumnal Colour
(c) Susan Renaud - Autumnal Colour


Saturday 10th November

Trevor Birkett: 2 Green Sandpiper.

Huge thank you to the 11 volunteers who braved the rain to attend our work party this morning. We cut and piled a decent amount of willow in the reed beds, and also installed the ground drain for our new shelter.


(c) Mark Elsoffer - Well Deserved Tea Break
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Drain
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Dave Working Hard


Sunday 11th November

John Hunt: 72 Lapwing, 32 Teal, 25 Wigeon, 7 Shoveler, 2 Pochard , 82 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 75 Black-headed Gull, 55 Herring Gull, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Meadow Pipit , 19 Collared Dove, a Red Kite, a Buzzard & a Kestrel.

(c) John Hunt - Common Darter
(c) John Hunt - Stock Dove
(c) John Hunt - The Meadow


Monday 12th November

(c) Gillian Stokes - Bullfinch


Tuesday 13th November

No reports.


Wednesday 14th November

Richard Horton: a Dartford Warbler.

R Jackson: a Great White Egret.

This is only the 9th recorded sighting of Dartford Warbler on site, and the 2nd this year.

This is only the 7th recorded sighting of Great White Egret on site, and the 3rd in the past 17 days.


Thursday 15th November

Richard Horton: a Yellow-legged Gull.

Mark Elsoffer: a Pochard, 3 Stonechat, a Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, a Red Kite, a Sparrowhawk & a Peregrine.

Yellow-legged Gull is the 133rd species of bird recorded on site this year.

Richard Horton & Leonard Winchcombe have been busy over the past 2 days cladding the door end of our new shelter.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Lord Len Applies the Finishing Touches


Friday 16th November

Richard Horton: 6 Dunlin & a Golden Plover.

Richard Seargent: a Green Sandpiper & 2 Redshank.

Andy Little lead a work party of 5 volunteers this morning clearing willow from the Silt Ponds.

(c) Gillian Stokes - Golden Plover


Saturday 17th November

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Stonechat, a Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, a Red Kite & a Sparrowhawk.



Sunday, 4 November 2018

Monday 15th October to Sunday 4th November

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Monday 15th October

No reports.


Tuesday 16th October

No reports.


Wednesday 17th October

No reports.


Thursday 18th October

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, a Little Grebe, 254 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 137 Herring Gull, 95 Greylag Geese, a Buzzard, a Red Kite, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk & a Peregrine.


Friday 19th October

Murray Nurse: Little Grebe, Mediterranean Gull, 9 Linnet, Kestrel, Red Kite & Peregrine.

Hugo Wilson: 4 Little Egret & a Ring-necked Parakeet.

Kev Campbell: 4 Swallow.

This is only the 9th recorded sighting of Ring-necked Parakeet on site.

Four of our stalwart volunteers spent the day clearing overgrown vegetation from the River Blackwater. Areas of open water create new habitats for insects and birds - the Grey Wagtails are loving the newly opened area, and Kingfishers have been seen recently along this stretch.

(c) Kev Campbell - Grey Heron
(c) Kev Campbell - Kestrel
(c) Kev Campbell - Kestrel
(c) Kev Campbell - Swallow
(c) Rustam Khan - Bullfinch
(c) Rustam Khan - Goldfinch
(c) Rustam Khan - Grey Heron


Saturday 20th October

Mark Elsoffer: Water Pipit.

This is only the 18th recorded sighting of Water Pipit on site, but the 2nd this year.

Nine volunteers spent today working on our new shelter. We fitted soffits to the front and sides (to keep the weather out from under the roof), and gave all of the timber a coat of wood stain. We've left the rear side of the roof open to provide nesting spaces for birds and bats.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Shelter
(c) Dina Burford - Grey Wagtail


Sunday 21st October

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper, 3 Stonechat & 30+ Fieldfare.

Peter Brown: Peregrine, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard & 2 Kestrel.

(c) John Hunt - Bullfinch
(c) John Hunt - Nuthatch
(c) Kev Campbell - Kestrel
(c) Kev Campbell - Buzzard
(c) Kev Campbell - Grey Heron
(c) Anthony George - Berries
(c) Anthony George - Red Kite


Monday 22nd October


(c) Paul Mannering - Bullfinch
(c) Paul Mannering - Mute Swan


Tuesday 23rd October

No reports.


Wednesday 24th October

B Gwynn: 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (these were not seen on site, but were seen flying over Morland Road having come from the direction of the site).


Thursday 25th October

No reports.


Friday 26th October

No reports.


Saturday 27th October

Leonard Winchcombe: Green Sandpiper.

Huge thanks to the 12 volunteers who planted the biodiverse roof of our new shelter with 416 native wildflower plugs today. The roof was also seeded with a native wildflower mix, and the guttering installed.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Planted Roof
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Shelter


Sunday 28th October

No reports.


Monday 29th October

Murray Nurse: Great White Egret.

Great White Egret is the 132nd species of bird recorded on site this year.

This is only the 5th recorded sighting of Great White Egret on site.

Richard Horton gave a talk about Tice's Meadow at the Badshot Lea Community Association AGM this evening.

(c) Susan Renaud - Collared Dove
(c) Susan Renaud - Grey Squirrel


Tuesday 30th October

No reports.

Wednesday 31st October

Peter Brown: 6 Snipe, 8 Pochard, a Kestrel, a Red Kite & a Buzzard.


Thursday 1st November

No reports.


Friday 2nd November

Richard Horton: 2 Great White Egret, 5 Pochard & a Raven.

This is only the 6th recorded sighting of Great White Egret on site, but the 2nd this week, and the first sighting of more than one bird.


Saturday 3rd November

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Snipe, 5 Pochard, 106 Greylag Goose, 450 Black-headed Gull, 3 Stonechat, 6 Buzzard, a Kestrel & 2 Red Kite.

The count of 106 Greylag Goose is a new site record.

Richard Seargent: Common Darter.


Sunday 4th November

John Hunt: 4 Snipe, 40+ Lapwing, 3 Pochard, 9 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 40+ Tufted Duck, 2 Stonechat, 4 Red Kite and a Sparrowhawk.

Richard Seargent: 89 Greylag Goose, 21 Wigeon, 64 Teal, 153 Black-headed Gull, 119 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 53 Herring Gull & 3 Common Gull.

Jort Brough: Jack Snipe & Little Egret.