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Tice's Meadow and Tongham GP, Surrey

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Old Saturday 9th April 2011, 08:48   #51
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Not much to add to John's tally although as I type I see that Kev M has just seen two Barnacle Geese on the meadow. Might have to go back!

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A quick look at Surrey Birders (www.birders-online.co.uk) this afternoon had me scuttling off to Tice's for a lone Redshank found by Dave B. This was a year patchlist bird which I had missed previously. The bird was quickly located at the far side of the gravel pit but showing well.

Good views of a Garden Warbler singing near the river and at least 4 Whitethroats in full song.

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Old Sunday 10th April 2011, 08:29   #53
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Great start this morning finding an Oystercatcher on the workings, not sure how many previous records but deffo a site first for me. Also a male Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Green Sandpiper, & 6 LRP's.

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Great start this morning finding an Oystercatcher on the workings, not sure how many previous records but deffo a site first for me. Also a male Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Green Sandpiper, & 6 LRP's.

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John,

a site bird for me as well. Many thanks for the early morning text! What was worthy of note was the 100+ Sand Martins resting on the spit.

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A quick visit this afternoon which quickly found a Water Pipit on 'Wheatear Field' amongst 10 Meadow Pipits. The Oystercatcher had gone but the LRPs remained; this was despite the fact that local kids were playing in the silt ponds. This highlights the fragility of Tice's and the ever present chance of disturbance. A female Sparrowhawk sparked up some confusion in the hawthorns and left with a bird which was probably a newly arrived Whitethroat; all that way to become hawk fodder!

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Water Pipit

Rich ... what do you mean by Wheatear field? I haven't seen a local Water Pipit for some years. What plumage was your bird in? I will have a look later.

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Rich ... what do you mean by Wheatear field? I haven't seen a local Water Pipit for some years. What plumage was your bird in? I will have a look later.

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John,

the Wheatear field is a colloquialism for the area in front of the southern end of the embankment (where the Wheatears generally are).

The bird was in near breeding plumage although a little scruffy and was feeding along with 10 or so Meadows.

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Rich, no sign of the pipits but Oyc still present, spotted by Dave Baker. Also 2 Green Sands, around 6 LRPs and a dead Cormorant upside down in the water! Hope it's not been shot!

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Rich, no sign of the pipits but Oyc still present, spotted by Dave Baker. Also 2 Green Sands, around 6 LRPs and a dead Cormorant upside down in the water! Hope it's not been shot!

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shame about the Cormorant - there has been a guy with a rifle about and Rich H had reported it. Good news about the Oystercatcher though - it wasn't there at 1500hrs, possibly due to kids around the workings.

The Water Pipit is the third one this year, with one overhead last month, 1 seen by John H and Rich H a couple of weeks back and the one today. Dave Smith found one last year in the same area.

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Great start this morning finding an Oystercatcher on the workings, not sure how many previous records but deffo a site first for me.

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Only 3 previous records, all of single birds. The first record was in 2007, followed by two in 2009 which could have involved the same bird.

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Not much to report today at Tice's although there was one Green and one Common Sandpiper and hundreds of Sand Martins followed by my first patch Swallow of the year. No Wheatears whatsoever and the Sedge Warbler was missing from the Silt Pond Reed bed. Other Warblers very much in evidence with numerous Chiffchaff, Willows, Blackcaps and Whitethroats. Of interest is the Garden Warbler again seen, this time by Rich H, which was some 15 days or so early and remains along the embankment; I did think this was a passage bird and perhaps was moving north.

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Fairly quiet again today, 2 Green Sands present on the workings, 100+ Sand Martins hawking over the workings giving great views & my first House Martins this year. Still no sign of the Sedge Warbler, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, & Whitethroats seen. Wildfowl no's are low with only 2 each of Teal & Gadwall noted & 1 Egyptian Goose. Other species seen - 4 LRP, 2 Common Tern, Stock Dove, Skylark, Reed Bunting, & 10+ Swallow.

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3 Dunlins yesterday (via Rich H). Surprising to have not seen Greenshank to date given that a number had been seen by this time last year.

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Surprising to have not seen Greenshank to date given that a number had been seen by this time last year.

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Last year just the early Greenshank had been seen on the 8th/9th April before the next were seen from the 7th May.

My prediction for Greenshank is from the 22nd (next Friday) with the 24th/25th being very good days for migrants at Tices in the past. Whimbrel, Grasshopper Warbler, Turnstone and Whinchat.

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Popped down this evening, min of 2 Green Sands present but very mobile, also min 4 LRP's. Good no's of Sand Martins hawking over the workings, a min of 50 I estimated with a few Swallows. Back early tommorrow morning lets see what turns up!

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Common Sandpiper present this morning along with 1 Green & min of 4 LRP's, no other migrant waders found. Two Common Terns on the workings, 70+ Sand Martins resting on the islands, & a Buzzard in the paddocks over the A31.

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Common Sandpiper present this morning along with 1 Green & min of 4 LRP's, no other migrant waders found. Two Common Terns on the workings, 70+ Sand Martins resting on the islands, & a Buzzard in the paddocks over the A31.

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Nothing much more to add although extremely surprised to see 2 Muntjak at 0615hrs as I walked along the embankment. Both were flushed and headed off into the silt pond reed beds. A first for Tice's?

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Two Green Sandpipers still this morning, 6 LRP's, 4 Common Terns, & 70 plus Sand Martins were the highlights this morning. Interestingly 9 Greylags flew in to the workings, the most I can recall seeing at Tices.

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One very vocal Redshank this morning. Warblers in full song along the embankment with one Garden Warbler and a Sedge Warbler joining Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Whitethroat.

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Wood Sandpiper at Tice's this evening. Seen on the silt pond directly in front of the southern end of the embankment. At one point was adjacent to a Green Sandpiper and a master class in Tringa identification. Great to see the great and good of Tice's Biriding including perhaps the founder - Dave Smith.

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Yep a cracking bird the Wood Sand, thanks to Rich H for the text.

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We should try to get Dave to visit more often! Everytime he visits these days good birds are seen. His firsts for Tices include Crag Martin, Tree Pipit, Turtle Dove, Turnstone, Water Pipit, Med Gull to name a few.

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Tices Meadow 21st April, 0630-0715

Wood Sand still present this morning. Also 1 Dunlin moulting into sum pl, 1 Common Sand, 12 Common Terns, 7 or more LRPs, 6 (4 male) Gadwall, 15 (8 male) Tufted Ducks, 40+ Sand Martin, 1 GCG, 1 Cormorant, 2 singing Reed Warblers, a male Yellow Wagtail which arrived while I was there and a pair of Shelduck over W (0658).

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Forgot to say ... the Wood Sand is the earliest ever for the Hants/Surrey Border area by 1 day. Previous earliest 2 at Eversley GP on Apr 21st in 2002. I am busy updating my old book Birds of the Hants/Surrey Border from 1984.

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We should try to get Dave to visit more often! Everytime he visits these days good birds are seen. His firsts for Tices include Crag Martin, Tree Pipit, Turtle Dove, Turnstone, Water Pipit, Med Gull to name a few.

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Kevin .... I think my Turnstone on Aug 1st 2008 was the first for Tice's!

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