Saturday 4 April 2020

Sunday March 22nd to Saturday April 4th

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.


The following three web-cameras are now live streaming from the Kiln for all to enjoy:

1. Barn Owls
2. Kestrels
3. Outside View

Sunday March 22nd

Richard Seargent: Snipe, Little Egret, Black-necked Grebe (summer plumage), 2 Little Grebe & 2 Great Crested Grebe.

Andy Little: Barn Owl (hunting in Meadow, not one from the Kiln).

17th site record of Black-necked Grebe, last reported 12/09/16. 89th bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) John Hunt - Black-necked Grebe

(c) Colin Varndell - Canada Goose
(c) Colin Varndell - Carrion Crow
(c) Simon Monk - Great Spotted Woodpecker
(c) Dina Burford - Chiffchaff

Monday March 23rd

Richard Horton: Black-necked Grebe (summer plumage).

Dina Burford: 2 Great Crested Grebe.

Andy Little: Barn Owl (hunting in Meadow, not one from the Kiln).

(c) Colin Varndell - Collared Dove
(c) Colin Varndell - Goldfinch
(c) Colin Varndell - Black-headed Gulls
(c) Andy Glencross - Grass Snake
(c) Andy Glencross - Common Lizard
(c) Andy Little - Barn Owl
(c) Andy Little - Barn Owl
(c) Dina Burford - Great Crested Grebes

Tuesday March 24th

Richard Horton: 2 Curlew.

Abi Jacobs: Cetti's Warbler (heard on the Barn Owl camera stream).

27th site record of Curlew, 3rd in past month

2nd site record of Cetti's Warbler, last reported 12/08/19. 90th bird species recorded in 2020.

A pair of Kestrels have begun investigating one of the nest boxes on the Kiln.

(c) Colin Varndell - Buzzard
(c) Colin Varndell - Chaffinch
(c) Colin Varndell - Goldfinch

Wednesday March 25th

(c) Colin Varndell - Egyptian Geese
(c) Colin Varndell - House Sparrow
(c) Colin Varndell - Lapwing
(c) Paul Mannering - Black-headed Gull
(c) Dina Burford - Greenfinch
(c) Dina Burford - Peacock

Thursday March 26th

(c) Kyle Russell - Aerial View of Site
(c) Kyle Russell - Flooded Paths
(c) Kyle Russell - Flooded Hide
(c) Kyle Russell - Flooded Bat Lake & Plant Yard
(c) Colin Varndell - Canada Geese
(c) Colin Varndell - Mute Swan

Friday March 27th

Dina Burford: 2 Great Crested Grebe & 2 Little Grebe.

(c) Anthony George - Flooded Meadow
(c) Dina Burford - Little Grebes
(c) Dina Burford - Long-tailed Tit

Saturday March 28th

Dave Baker: 3 Ring-necked Parakeet.

Kevin Duncan: 2 Little Ringed Plover.

Colin Varndell: Pheasant.

11th site record of Ring-necked Parakeet, last reported 28/10/19. 91st bird species recorded in 2020.

Little Ringed Plover is the 92nd bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) Colin Harvey - Blackcap
(c) Colin Harvey - Canada Geese
(c) Colin Harvey - Greenfinches
(c) Colin Varndell - Pheasant & Roe Deer
(c) Colin Varndell - Fox
(c) Colin Varndell - Black-headed Gull
(c) Colin Varndell - Chiffchaff

Sunday March 29th

Richard Horton: Green Sandpiper.

(c) Simon Monk - Blackcap
(c) Simon Monk - Chaffinch
(c) Kelly Wright - Robin

Monday March 30th

Richard Horton: White Stork (over, presumed reintroduced bird).

Dina Burford: Snipe & Little Egret.

The male Kestrel was seen enticing the female into the nest box today with prey.

(c) Steve Guthrie - Blue Tit
(c) Steve Guthrie - Bullfinch
(c) Steve Guthrie - Buzzard
(c) Steve Guthrie - Chaffinch
(c) Steve Guthrie - Greenfinch
(c) Steve Guthrie - Stonechat

Tuesday March 31st

The male Kestrel continued to entice the female into the box today, with 2 prey items.

Wednesday April 1st

Richard Horton: Oystercatcher, Black-necked Grebe & Rook.

Dina Burford: 3 Little Grebe.

18th site record of Black-necked Grebe, last reported 23/03/20.

Rook is the 93rd bird species recorded in 2020.

The male Kestrel continued to entice the female into the box today with prey.

(c) Grim Styles - Old Nest
(c) Colin Varndell - Grey Heron
(c) Colin Varndell - Meadow Pipit
(c) Colin Varndell - Red Kite
(c) Dina Burford - Great Spotted Woodpecker

Thursday April 2nd

Leonard Winchcombe: Osprey (over, 07:10).

Andy Little: 2 Barn Owl (not the Kiln birds).

Dina Burford: Mallard with 11 young in Workings.

Nicola Stevens: Mallard with 6 young in river near Pea Bridge.

9th site record of Osprey, last reported 21/09/18. 94th bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) Dina Burford - Mallard Family

Friday April 3rd

The male Kestrel brought 3 prey items back to the nest box today, each accepted by the female.

(c) Dina Burford - Greenfinch
(c) Colin Varndell - Buzzard
(c) Colin Varndell - Red Kite

Saturday April 4th

Dave Baker: Mandarin (male in Bat Lake), 6 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Swallow & 8 Sand Martin.

5th site record of Mandarin, last recorded 28/04/16. 95th bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) Simon Monk - Greenfinch
(c) Dina Burford - Shoveler
(c) Dina Burford - Mute Swans

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