Monthly Archives: October 2016

October 22nd

A cracking day with a juvenile Penduline Tit showing well at Mannez reserve and around 200 birds ringed that included a Long eared Owl. Full details to follow.

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October 21st

After the deluge of Thrushes yesterday the continueing north winds brought us a second but even larger helping of migrant passerines across the island. This morning the birds passing over Longis were recorded as 1700 Redwings and Song Thrushes, 400 … Continue reading

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October 20th

Our first day and finally our first North winds of this autumn, they not disappoint.  Soon after frist light squadrons of mixed Thrush and finch flocks passed over Longis reserve heading towards Mannez. Our assembled ringers recorded this visual migration … Continue reading

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October 19th

Winds turned very slightly NW overnight and this brought an increase in grounded passerines. There was a flock of around 50 Redwings in Mannez quary first thing.  9 Snipe on Longis pond and the Marsh Harrier was again in the … Continue reading

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October 18th

A windy morning on West winds and a chance to go birding island wide resulting in 58 species recorded. Highlights were a roost of 250 Oystercatchers at Clonque, a Wheatear on Longis Common, 13 Jackdaw at the pigs, Marsh Harrier … Continue reading

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October 17th

SW winds turned W this morning and there was noticeable drop in birds around generally. Just about double figures of Swallows through in total all day and the odd Song Thrush and Robin about.  A Marsh Harrier was reported from … Continue reading

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October 16th

The weather provided a bit of everything today. Ringing was just a couple of nets for an hour before rain and then increased winds but amongst the 9 new birds ringed was our 10th Yellow-browed Warbler. There was a Grey … Continue reading

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October 15th

Southerly winds were well below their forecast strength but got up to speed by about 1030am from which point a blustery day with showers took hold. There was some limited ringing producing 22 new birds and 2 new Controls. Our … Continue reading

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October 14th

Whilst bird news regularly dominates this blog we must take a bow to one of the current visiting researchers staying at the Observatory. Anna Sutcliffe, who having borrowed the Alderney Wildlife Trusts bat detector equipment promptly discovered a new species for … Continue reading

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October 13th

Lots of birds moving again today and visual migration seemed almost constant. Around 250 Chaffinches went over today, with smaller numbers of Goldfinches though. There were continuing high numbers of Song Thrushes and Robins, at least 30 Fieldfares and so … Continue reading

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