Sunday, 3 March 2019

Sunday February 10th to Sunday March 3rd

Sunday February 10th

(c) Lee Ridley - Grey Wagtail


Monday February 11th

Andy McNabb: Barn Owl.

(c) Sarah Longes - Long-tailed Tit
(c) Sarah Longes - Great Spotted Woodpecker


Tuesday February 12th

We were delighted to hand over the 100 nest boxes we built for the pupils of Badshot Lea Village Infants School at a special assembly today, alongside the Mayor of Farnham.

(c) Badshot Lea Infants School


Wednesday February 13th

Dave Baker: 2 Water Rail.

(c) Alison Van Pelt - Kestrel
(c) Dina Burford - Grey Heron


Thursday February 14th

Richard Seargent: 3 Goosander (1st winter drakes) & 2 Barn Owl.

Peter Brown: Little Egret, Stonechat & Kestrel.

Leonard Winchcombe reported the first Brimstone butterfly of the year.

(c) Alex Potts - Dunnock
(c) Alex Potts - Jay
(c) Alex Potts - Robin
(c) Christine Wilson - Misty Morning
(c) Dina Burford - Sunset Reed Beds


Friday February 15th

Andy Little: Barn Owl.

Five volunteers continued to work on the Sand Martin bank today. The base section was finished, bolt holes drilled in the base and legs, and the platform constructed, then taken to bits and moved to site.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank


Saturday February 16th

Richard Seargent: Green Sandpiper & Shelduck.

Jort Brough: Little Egret (ringed bird "BK").

Shelduck is the 85th species of bird recorded on site this year.

Ten volunteers installed the platform for the Sand Martin bank on site today.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank


Sunday February 17th

Six volunteers continued to work on the Sand Martin bank today. Holes were drilled in the front panel, and the rear panel and doors were built.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank


Monday February 18th

No reports.


Tuesday February 19th

Paul Mannering: Little Egret (ringed bird "BK").

Our friends at EPR Ltd are conducting a series of drone surveys of the site for the purposes of monitoring the development of the habitats, and to inform their subsequent management.

Two videos shot by the drone on site today can be seen below:





NB: Drones are not permitted on site unless with the express permission of the land owner, and for a sound ecological reason.

(c) Dina Burford - Lapwing
(c) Dina Burford - Red Kite
(c) Dina Burford - Red Kite


Wednesday February 20th

Leonard Winchcombe: Brambling.

Brambling is the 86th species of bird recorded on site this year.

This is only the 13th recorded sighting of Brambling on site.

Lindsay Patterson reported the first Small Tortoiseshell butterfly of the year.

(c) Steve Guthrie - Egyptian Goose
(c) Steve Guthrie - Grey Heron
(c) Steve Guthrie - Jay
(c) Steve Guthrie - Kestrel
(c) Steve Guthrie - Mallard
(c) Steve Guthrie - Reed Bunting
(c) Steve Guthrie - Mute Swan


Thursday February 21st

Five volunteers continued work on our Sand Martin bank today. The front face was textured with grit.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Alison van Pelt - Sunset


Friday February 22nd

Jason Davies: Brambling.

Richard Seargent: 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe, 45 Gadwall, 53 Shoveler, 62 Tufted Duck, 27 Wigeon, 70+ Teal, 12 Pochard, 3 Stonechat, Sparrowhawk & Peregrine.

Peter Brown: 2 Buzzard & Red Kite.

The count of 45 Gadwall is a new site record count.

(c) Jason Davies - Brambling
(c) Rustam Khan - Blue Tit
(c) Rustam Khan - Grey Heron
(c) Rustam Khan - Great Spotted Woodpecker
(c) Rustam Khan - Long-tailed Tit
(c) Kev Campbell - Grey Heron
(c) Kev Campbell - Meadow Pipit


Saturday February 23rd

Jon Day: Brambling.

Richard Seargent: Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 56 Gadwall, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, Peregrine, Buzzard & Red Kite.

The count of 56 Gadwall is a new site record count.

Nineteen volunteers held a marathon work party today where we transported to site and installed the Sand Martin bank. A massive undertaking that was only possible through the herculean efforts of our volunteers and the support of PC Landscapes.

Thanks also to John Martin for stringing up the hops behind the shelter today.

(c) Jon Day - Brambling
(c) Jon Day - Bullfinch
(c) Jon Day - Goldfinch
(c) Jon Day - Siskin
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Catering Corps
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Newly Strung Hops


Sunday February 24th

Richard Seargent: Brambling.

Lindsay Patterson reported the first Peacock butterfly of the year.

Steve Langham reported some frogs and a single Smooth Newt this evening.

We had the pleasure of giving a guided tour of site to a large group from the Camberley Natural History Society today. If you're a member of a group of any kind and would like a guided tour, do get in touch.

Four volunteers continued to work on the Sand Martin bank today. We installed a barge board and painted the structure.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Camberley Natural History Society Walk
(c) Kev Campbell - Rare Shot of Mark Working
(c) Richard Seargent - Blue Tit
(c) Richard Seargent - Long-tailed Tit
(c) Richard Seargent - Robin
(c) Kev Campbell - Brambling
(c) Kev Campbell - Bullfinch
(c) Kev Campbell - Bullfinch
(c) Kev Campbell - Chaffinch
(c) Kev Campbell - Goldfinch
(c) Kev Campbell - Reed Bunting
(c) Kev Campbell - Buzzard


Monday February 25th

R Jackson: Common Sandpiper.

Peter Brown: Little Egret, Brambling, 4 Stonechat, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard & Peregrine.

Susan Renaud: Little Egret (ringed bird "BK").

Common Sandpiper is the 87th species of bird recorded on site this year.

(c) Susan Renaud - Grey Heron
(c) Susan Renaud - Small Tortoiseshell
(c) Susan Renaud - Brambling
(c) Susan Renaud - Bullfinch
(c) Susan Renaud - Buzzard
(c) Dina Burford - Sunset
(c) Dina Burford - Sunset


Tuesday February 26th

The Blackwater Valley rangers and Tuesday Volunteers held a work party on site today. 17 volunteers cut back vegetation around the hibernaculars.

Carey Lodge: 2 Small Tortoiseshell.

(c) Carey Lodge - Coltsfoot


Wednesday February 27th

Jason Davies: Brambling.

(c) Dina Burford - Grey Heron
(c) Dina Burford - Great Spotted Woodpecker
(c) Dina Burford - Small Tortoiseshell
(c) Dina Burford - Stock Dove
(c) Jason Davies - Brambling
(c) Jason Davies - Brambling
(c) Jason Davies - Chaffinch
(c) Jason Davies - Kestrel
(c) Jason Davies - Kestrel


Thursday February 28th

Richard Horton: Mediterranean Gull & Brambling.

Mediterranean Gull is the 88th species of bird recorded on site this year.


Friday March 1st

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Little Egret, Mediterranean Gull (different bird to yesterday), Raven & Brambling.

Richard Horton & Mark Elsoffer: 6+ Sand Martin.

This is the earliest record of Sand Martins on site (previously 08/03/09 & 08/03/13).

Sand Martin is the 89th species of bird recorded on site this year.

Four volunteers finished the final tasks on our Sand Martin bank today. The roof trim was added, the roof covered in local substrate and the nesting holes filled with sand. Just in time!

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Sand Martin Bank
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Ready for New Residents


Saturday March 2nd

Dave Baker: 3 Green Sandpiper, Blackcap, 30 Meadow Pipit & Sand Martin.

Mark Elsoffer: 3 Lapwing, Snipe, 62 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, Common Gull, Brambling, 40 Chaffinch, 8 Siskin, Coal Tit, 2 Stonechat, 14 Buzzard, 3 Red Kite, Kestrel & Sparrowhawk.

Steve Minhinnick: Treecreeper.

The count of 40 Chaffinch is a new site record count.

The count of 62 Gadwall is a new site record count.

Treecreeper is the 90th species of bird recorded on site this year.

This is only the 13th recorded sighting of Treecreeper on site.

(c) Dina Burford - Bullfinches
(c) Dina Burford - Greenfinch
(c) Dina Burford - Grey Heron
(c) Kev Campbell - Brambling
(c) Kev Campbell - Buzzard
(c) Kev Campbell - Grey Wagtail
(c) Kev Campbell - Long-tailed Tit
(c) Kev Campbell - Blue Tit
(c) Kev Campbell - Bullfinch
(c) Kev Campbell - Goldfinch
(c) Kev Campbell - Siskin


Sunday March 3rd

S Humphrey: Brambling.



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