Saturday, 21 March 2020

Monday March 2nd to Saturday March 21st

2018 Annual Report

Our 2018 Annual Report is now on sale. £15 for a full colour, glossy, 140 page A4 report. All profits will be spent on our work at Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve.

The report is much more than a list of the birds seen, it includes all of the site's wildlife, and is a record of all the work we did on site in 2018.


You can collect in person from Richard Horton, or we can post it to you (+ £2 p&p). Please message or email us to place an order.

Once we've sold all 60 copies, we will release a free lower-res pdf for all to read.




Co-op Local Community Fund

We're delighted to be taking part in the Co-op Local Community Fund. If you're a Co-op member, please choose us as and 1% of your spending will be donated to us, no matter where you live. If you're not a Co-op member, please consider signing up.

https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/33287



Monday March 2nd

John Hunt: 34 Teal, 20+ Wigeon, 7 Shoveler, 2 Stonechat, 5 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk & Kestrel.

(c) Colin Varndell - Red Kite
(c) Colin Varndell - View Across the Reed Beds


Tuesday March 3rd

Peter Brown: Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe & Pheasant.

(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Path
(c) Colin Varndell - Black-headed Gull
(c) Colin Varndell - Crow Mobbing Buzzard
(c) Colin Varndell - Reed Bunting


Wednesday March 4th

No reports.


Thursday March 5th

No reports.


Friday March 6th

Mark Elsoffer: 2+ Raven (outside), 12+ Red Kite, 20+ Buzzard, Goshawk (outside), Kestrel & Sparrowhawk.

(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Path
(c) Dina Burford - Every Post Occupied
(c) Grim Styles - Mirror Carp


Saturday March 7th

Rustam Khan: Goldcrest.

(c) Rustam Khan - Roe Deer
(c) Rustam Khan - Flooded Feeding Station


Sunday March 8th

Kevin Duncan: Curlew.

John Hunt: Chiffchaff.

Visitor: 2 Siskin.

Nicola Stevens: Barn Owl (hunting in field on Low Lane this morning).

Leonard Winchcombe: Barn Owl (on a post near the Silt Pond this evening - not one of the pair at the Kiln).

A group of visitors from the Richmond RSPB Local Group enjoyed a walk around site today.

25th site record of Curlew, last reported 15/06/19. 80th bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) John Hunt - Flooded Meadow
(c) Colin Varndell - Greenfinch


Monday March 9th


(c) Colin Varndell - Jay
(c) Colin Varndell - The Meadow


Tuesday March 10th

Leonard Winchombe: 2 Barn Owls (in the Meadow).


Wednesday March 11th


(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Hide
(c) Dina Burford - Kestrel Eating a Lizard


Thursday March 12th

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Little Grebe, 2 Snipe & 2+ Sand Martin.

Richard Horton: Wheatear.

Colin Varndell: 2 Peregrine.

Leonard Winchcombe: Green Sandpiper.

Alex Potts: Early, Tree and Buff-tailed bumblebees.

Mark Elsoffer: Brimstone butterfly - first of the year.

First Wheatear of the year - 81st bird species recorded in 2020.

First Sand Martin of the year - 82nd bird species recorded in 2020. First in Surrey this year.

New species for site: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) - Dina Burford.

(c) Alex Potts - Grey Wagtail
(c) Alex Potts - Long-tailed Tit
(c) Dina Burford - First Sea-Lord Len Seawatching


Friday March 13th

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, 25 Fieldfare & Barn Owl (hunting in Meadow, morning & evening).

Mark Elsoffer: Sand Martin

Richard Horton: Little Grebe, Raven (outside) & Goshawk (outside).

Jort Brough: 3 Snipe.

Mike Huddie: Blackcap.

First Blackcap of the year - 83rd bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) John Hunt - Green Sandpiper
(c) John Hunt - Long-tailed Tit
(c) John Hunt - Stonechat
(c) John Hunt - Stonechat
(c) Colin Varndell - Bullfinch
(c) Colin Varndell - Mallards


Saturday March 14th

Dave Baker: Little Gull (adult, winter plumage), Blackcap & 2 Chiffchaff.

Jort Brough: Curlew.

Sandy: Barn Owl (evening, hunting in Meadow & back of Horton's Mound - not one of Kiln pair).

17th site record of Little Gull, last reported 09/04/19. 84th bird species recorded in 2020.

26th site record of Curlew, 2nd in past week.

A massive thanks to the 16 volunteers who terned up this morning to build 4 new tern rafts. Just gravel, anchors & decoys to add before we launch them.

(c) Dave Baker - Little Gull
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Rafts
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Rafts
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Rafts
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Finished Rafts

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Simon's Decoys
(c) Mark Elsoffer - TMBG Youth Division


Sunday March 15th

Kevin Duncan: Barn Owl (hunting around Horton's Mound at 17:30 - not one of the Kiln pair).

(c) Colin Harvey - Buzzard


Monday March 16th

Colin Varndell: 2 White Stork (more than likely the reintroduced pair from Knepp that have been in Surrey and London recently).

Richard Horton: Oystercatcher.

John Hunt: 2 Barn Owl.

Murray Nurse: 7 Chiffchaff. 

Paul Mannering: Small Tortoiseshell - first of the year.

41st site record of Oystercatcher, last reported 11/07/19. 85th bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) John Hunt - Oystercatcher
(c) John Hunt - Chiffchaff
(c) Paul Mannering - Greenfinch
(c) Paul Mannering - Great Spotted Woodpecker
(c) Paul Mannering - Small Tortoiseshell
(c) Colin Varndell - Blue Tit
(c) Colin Varndell - Dunnock
(c) Colin Varndell - Black-headed Gull
(c) Colin Varndell - White Stork
(c) Colin Varndell - White Stork


Tuesday March 17th

Richard Horton: Oystercatcher & Barn Owl.


New species for site: Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) - Kevin Duncan.

(c) Kevin Duncan - Wood Anenome


Wednesday March 18th

Kevin Duncan: Black-tailed Godwit.

Richard Seargent: 3 Sand Martin & Barn Owl.

Lindsay Patterson: Comma - first of the year.

Black-tailed Godwit last reported 16/07/19. 86th bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) Colin Varndell - Red Kite
(c) Colin Varndell - Buzzard
(c) Colin Varndell - Stonechat
(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Path
(c) Jon Hawkins - Barn Owl
(c) Jon Hawkins - Barn Owl
(c) Jon Hawkins - Starlings


Thursday March 19th

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Little Egret, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, Swallow, 40+ Sand Martin, 8 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 5 Chiffchaff & 4 Mistle Thrush.

Richard Seargent: Barn Owl - appeared at 17:45 in south west corner of the Meadow. Not one of the Kiln pair.

First Swallow of the year - 87th bird species recorded in 2020.

Colour-ringed Black-headed Gull "29L9" - ringed at Hosehill Lake (Berks) on 08/06/14.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Black-headed Gull


Friday March 20th

Dina Burford: Peacock butterfly - first of the year.

(c) Dina Burford - Peacock
(c) Colin Varndell - Blackbird
(c) Colin Varndell - Goldfinch
(c) Colin Varndell - Red Kite


Saturday March 21st

Dave Baker: Great Black-backed Gull (2nd winter), 21 Sand Martin & Goshawk (over mound, heading east, pursued by Crow).

Richard Seargent: Little Egret.

Great Black-backed Gull last reported 20/03/19. 88th bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) Dina Burford - Grey Heron
(c) Dina Burford - Duelling Robins
(c) Colin Varndell - Buzzard
(c) Colin Varndell - Chaffinch
(c) Colin Varndell - Jackdaws
(c) Grim Styles - Grass Snakes

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