November 2019

Wednesday 13th

Caspian Gull, Beddington Farmlands (P Alfrey).
Caspian Gull, Beddington Farmlands (P Alfrey).

Beddington Farmlands: adult Caspian Gull; also 7 Water Pipits, 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull, 7 Green Sandpipers, Pintail, Shelduck and 2,000 Herring Gulls (P Alfrey/S Thomas).

Ham: Short-eared Owl flew north over Teddington Lock (and thus presumably into the vice-county) at 09:00 (BirdGuides).

London Wetland Centre: 2 Bitterns, Water Pipit, Goldeneye, Pintail and 2 Shelduck (M Honey/N Talbot/WWT).

Milford Common: Crossbill (M Lawn).

Papercourt Water Meadows: Short-eared Owl over Broadmead Cut at dusk (J Hobden).

South Norwood CP: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling at 15:47 (M Mac).


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Tice’s Meadow under threat

Thanks to the hard work of the Tice’s Meadow Bird Group (TMBG) and other local organisations, Tice’s Meadow is now one of the premier birding sites in Surrey. 

All that hard work could be undone following a decision by Hansons, the gravel extraction company, to sell the site.  Although Tice’s has to be maintained as a nature reserve for a fixed period, there is no stipulation about how the site should be managed.  Hansons have told TMBG that they will make no test of the new owner’s suitability for managing a nature reserve, the new owner will be under no … Read more

Field meeting at Leith Hill

Osprey, Thursley Common (S Ferguson).

Join the next field meeting, on Sunday 27 October, for a morning of visible migration (vis-mig), from the highest point in south-east England.

A group of birders have watched from the tower for the past few years, notching up some impressive counts of migrating birds (including thrushes and finches) along with scoring several Surrey rarities, such as Great Skuas, Common Scoter, Gannet and Great Grey Shrike.

Full details, including where and when to meet, are here.

October 2019

Thursday 31st

Knot, London Wetland Centre (WWT).
Knot, London Wetland Centre (WWT).

Birtley Green: female Black Redstart still at Bonhurst Farm in morning though no sign in afternoon (BirdGuides/P Mattos).

London Wetland Centre: ringtail Hen Harrier flew north-west over Grazing Marsh at 08:25; also 3 Bearded Tits in Sheltered Lagoon, Knot still on Main Lake, 2 Bitterns still on north shore of Main Lake, Jack Snipe and 2 Shelduck (R Dewhurst/S Fogg/D Panchaud/S Patel/WWT).

Palmers Cross: Hawfinch flew west over Tilsey Farm entrance track at 07:51 (E Stubbs).

Tugley Wood: 2 Crossbills (M Lincott).

West Clandon: probable Lapland Bunting flew … Read more

September 2019

Monday 30 September

Ring Ouzel, Leith Hill (M Davis).
Ring Ouzel, Leith Hill (M Davis).

Bankside: Garden Warbler still at Tate Modern (R Braddock).

Holmethorpe SPs: juvenile Curlew Sandpiper still on Spyne’s Mere (BirdGuides).

Leith Hill: first-year Ring Ouzel at Dukes Warren this morning – Surrey first of autumn (M Davis).

London Wetland Centre: Common Sandpiper (WWT).

Newchapel: Green Sandpiper at British Wildlife Centre (K Noble).

Pewley Down: Redstart (P Curnock).

Shalford Water Meadows: 225 Meadow Pipits flew over in 90 minutes (K Britten).

West Clandon: 573 Meadow Pipits flew south over Clandon Wood NBR (M Phelps).

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Records Committee decisions

Great Egret, Richmond Park (D Muthalib).

The Surrey Bird Club Records Committee held their annual meeting in March, when many excellent records were considered, including two county firsts. You can find full details here.

Great Egret photo supplied by D Muthalib

August 2019

Saturday 31 August

Burgh Heath: Tree Pipit at Canons Farm (D Culley).

Croham Hurst: Osprey flew south at 16:40 (G Collins).

Crooksbury Common: Pied Flycatcher just beyond main car park (R Seargent).

Hascombe: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at New Barn; also Spotted Flycatcher (E Stubbs).

Holmethorpe SPs: Greenshank flew west at 09:15; also Green Sandpiper at Glebe Lake (G Hay).

London Wetland Centre: Pied Flycatcher briefly at Wildside early morning; also 3 Green Sandpipers and 2 Common Sandpipers (WWT).

Molesey Heath: Great Egret still; also 2 Green Sandpipers (BirdGuides).

Papercourt Water Meadows: 4+ … Read more

Surrey list

Brent Goose, Tice's Meadow (E Stubbs).

The complete list of all bird species recorded in the vice-county of Surrey has been updated, up to May 2019. You can find it here.

Photo: Brent Goose, E Stubbs

July 2019

Wednesday 31 July

Beddington Farmlands: Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpiper (A Wilkinson).

Capel: Common Sandpiper (W Attridge).

Holmethorpe SP: 2 Green Sandpipers at Spyne’s Mere (G Hay).

London Wetland Centre: Little Ringed Plover (WWT).

Newchapel: Wood Sandpiper still at British Wildlife Centre in area with no general access (K Noble).

Stoke Lake: Common Sandpiper (M Fincham).

Tice’s Meadow: Great Egret still; also Ruff, Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 8 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper (R Horton/M Nurse/L Winchcombe).

Tuesday 30 July

London Wetland Centre: 3 Common Sandpipers (WWT).

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All five of the juvenile Peregrines at Woking have now fledged. An adult and one of the juveniles can be seen in this photo, taken by James Sellen on 15 June.

Want to learn more about this species? Come to East Horsley Village Hall on Friday night to hear Keith Betton’s Return of the Peregrine talk. Here are more details. Free entry and you do not need to be a member to come along.