Thursday 30 April 2020

Monday April 20th to Thursday April 30th

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Sunday April 19th - Late News

The female Kestrel laid her first egg at around 23:29. It wasn't spotted until the following evening as it was laid off camera, but once spotted egg laying time was able to be calculated.

Monday April 20th

We got our first views of the first Kestrel egg this afternoon. 2 food passes recorded today.

(c) Dina Burford - Cow's View of the Flooded Meadow
(c) Dina Burford - Mallard Family
(c) Annette DW Taylor - Woodland Path

Tuesday April 21st

Dina Burford: Oystercatcher.

The 2nd Kestrel egg was laid at around 8pm this evening. They are right on the edge of the camera’s field of view so keep disappearing. Only 1 prey item brought back to the box today - the male tried to feed a common lizard to his egg!

Not to be out-shone by our Kestrels, our Barn Owls have laid their first egg!

(c) M4rk444 - Common Lizard
(c) Julie Cook - Long-tailed Tits
(c) Dina Burford - Common Tern
(c) Dina Burford - Oystercatcher
(c) Dina Burford - Perch

Wednesday April 22nd

Dina Burford: 2 White Stork (presumed reintroductions - 4th record in past month).

No sign of a 3rd Kestrel egg (yet). The female spent most of the day in the box, with the male bringing her 4 meals.

We were delighted to hear from the Corbishley family that they have eggs in their nest box - one of the batch we donated to pupils of Badshot Lea Village Infants School.

(c) Corbishley Family - Nest
(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Meadow & Workings

(c) Michael Snow - Jay

Thursday April 23rd

Richard Seargent: 9 Mediterranean Gull.

Leonard Winchcombe: Ringed Plover & 2 Garganey (m & f).

8th record of Garganey on site, last recorded 15/08/19. 108th bird species recorded in 2020.

Ringed Plover is the 109th bird species recorded in 2020.

At circa 18:14 this afternoon the third Kestrel egg was laid. The Male brought back 3 meals today, and he seemed to be encouraging the female to eat them on the perch or box roof.At least 3 times this afternoon, the female Kestrel was spooked by a low flying buzzard (heard calling on camera). The Male also had a go at sitting on the eggs for a bit.

(c) Dina Burford - Great Crested Grebes
(c) Dina Burford - View from the Obs

Friday April 24th

Richard Horton: Curlew.

Five meals brought back to the nest box today by the Male Kestrel. The female spent most of the day sitting on the 3 eggs.

The Barn Owls now have 2 eggs.

(c) Dina Burford - Finally we have Water Buffalo!
(c) Dina Burford - Curlew
(c) Dina Burford - Grass Snake
(c) Dina Burford - Greylag Goose
(c) Alan Brown - Grass Snake

Saturday April 25th

Dave Baker: 2 Hobby.

Hobby is the 110th bird species recorded in 2020.

The 4th Kestrel egg was laid at c 16:51 this afternoon. 3 food passes today.

(c) Simon Monk - Grass Snake
(c) Dina Burford - Blackcap
(c) Dina Burford - Whitethroat

Sunday April 26th

Dina Burford: 3 Little Egret.

The female Kestrel did a great job fighting of an unknown avian intruder this morning who disturbed her eating breakfast. 3 food passes from Male. Female spent over 23 hours on eggs.

(c) William Nicholls - Large Red Damselfly
(c) William Nicholls - Large Red Damselfly
(c) Simon Monk - Black-headed Gull
(c) Simon Monk - Canada Goose
(c) Dina Burford - Jay
(c) Dina Burford - Moorhen Family
(c) Dina Burford - Reed Bunting

Monday April 27th

The 5th Kestrel egg was laid at c 18:00 today. 3 food passes from the Male. The female spent c23 hours incubating the eggs.

The Barn Owls now have 3 eggs.

(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Hide
(c) Dina Burford - Red Admiral

Tuesday April 28th

The male Kestrel is doing a great job. Despite the rain, he brought his mate 4 meals, and sat on the eggs each time she ate, appearing reluctant to hand over incubation duties back to her.

Wednesday April 29th

Dina Burford: Redshank.

Redshank is the 111th bird species recorded in 2020.

Dina Burford added 4 new species to the pan-species list this week:
- Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca).
- Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana).
- Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea).
- Large Bitter-cress (Cardamine amara).

The Kestrels are doing a fine job incubating their eggs. Covered for c23 hours today. Only left uncovered for the 4 food passes from the male. Still 5 eggs so unlikely to see a 6th now.

(c) Dina Burford - Redshank

(c) Dina Burford - Redshank
(c) Dina Burford - Whitethroat

Thursday April 30th

The Kestrels have been practising formula one style incubation hand-overs. Almost there!
5 food passes today despite the bad weather.

(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Hide Proves Popular
(c) Dina Burford - Kestrel
(c) Dina Burford - Whitethroat

Sunday 19 April 2020

Monday April 13th to Sunday April 19th

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.

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Monday April 13th

Richard Seargent: Great Black-backed Gull (3rd wtr) & 2 House Martin.

Richard Horton: 2 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin, Sedge Warbler & 3 Whitethroat.

House Martin is the 102nd bird species recorded in 2020.

Late news of a Curlew yesterday (RH).

Once again, breakfast was brought to the waiting female Kestrel this morning. Though for the first time, she ate it in the box. Lunch was also eaten in the box.

(c) Dina Burford - View from Lisa's Bench

Tuesday April 14th

Richard Seargent: 5 Common Tern & Whitethroat.

Dina Burford: 2 Little Grebe.

The female Kestrel spent most of the morning in the nest box calling to the male and rubbing in the sawdust (making a nest?). 3 prey items were brought back later in the day. 1 taken in the box, 1 on the perch & 1 outside.

(c) Dina Burford - Greenfinches
(c) Dina Burford - Common Terns
(c) Gary Watton - Greenfinch
(c) Gary Watton - Jay
(c) Gary Watton - Roe Deer

Wednesday April 15th

Thanks to Oli, our Swift Tower is now un-baffled and playing recorded Swift calls morning & evening.

The male Kestrel brought 3 meals to the box today for his mate.

(c) Dina Burford - Chiffchaff

Thursday April 16th

Richard Horton: Shelduck & Wheatear.

Chris Jackman: Swift.

Swift is the 103rd bird species recorded in 2020. First in Surrey in 2020, and new earliest record for site by 1 day.

Shelduck is the 104th bird species recorded in 2020.

Breakfast was delivered to the female again this morning as she spent over 3 hours in the nest box.

(c) Kyle Russell - Aerial View of Site
(c) Sharon Moore - Speckled Wood
(c) Dina Burford - Mallard Family

(c) Steve Guthrie - Mallard Family
(c) Steve Guthrie - Dunnock
(c) Steve Guthrie - Frog
(c) Steve Guthrie - Red Kite

Friday April 17th

Richard Horton: Arctic Skua (dark morph, harassing gulls over the Workings for 10 minutes @ 11:45 before flying east).

First recorded sighting of Arctic Skua on site. 195th bird species recorded on site. 105th bird species recorded in 2020.

3 Kestrel food passes recorded today, and the female is finally roosting in the nest box for the first time!

(c) Dina Burford - Greylag Goose
(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Meadow

Saturday April 18th

Dave Baker: Little Gull, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, Wheatear, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, c100 mixed hirundines & Swift.

Dina Burford: Great Crested Grebe & 2 Common Tern.

18th site record of Little Gull, 2nd this year.

Reed Warbler is the 106th bird species recorded in 2020.

Yellow Wagtail is the 107th bird species recorded in 2020.

3 prey items brought back by the male Kestrel today, although only 1 taken on camera. No roosting in the box tonight.

(c) Dina Burford - Common Terns & Blackheaded Gull
(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Hide
(c) Colin Harvey - Dunnock
(c) Colin Harvey - Goldfinches

Sunday April 19th

The female Kestrel roosted in the nest box again this evening.