Sunday 4 November 2018

Monday 15th October to Sunday 4th November

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2019 Calendars

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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.

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