Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tice's Meadow Bio Blitz

My first Tice's Meadow Bio Blitz and it was a cracker! I arrived on site at about 10:00 am and after setting up camp began my vigil with the rest of the crew. The whole day and night was fantastic and it was great to meet up with the some more A.O.S. members. 

Army Ornithological Society members 
In between watching from Horton's Mound I spent some time with the ringing crew - Roger Dickey (Army Ornithological Society), Mark "Slasher" Cutts (Royal Navy Birdwatching Society) and Laura Robertson.

It was great to meet up with Roger Dickey again, especially as this weekend my article  - Expedition to Ascension had just been published in the latest issue (May 2016) of Birdwatch Magazine! 

Reed Warbler

Rich Mooney and Roger Dickey - Birdwatch May 2016 including AOS to Ascension Island Report

AOS in Birdwatch Magazine - Expedition to Ascension by Rich Mooney
The ringing station produced a steady trickle of birds and a good variety including Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Garden warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Long-tailed Tit, Reed Bunting + others. 

Some of the organisers and regulars stayed over Friday night, but I stayed just Saturday night. Wonderful atmosphere all day and a nice campfire and Curry (thanks Dave Baker) in the evening.

Dave Baker making his incredible curry

Rich Mooney and Rich Horton

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