June has annually become a bit of a ‘take a breather’ month for us in terms of bird migration, a short break in our long migration season of March to Mid November, from early July we start to see some species making their return journey south. The Rose coloured Starlings were last seen on the 3rd. One of the great advantages of ringing research is the data that can be obtained. on the 18th bird ringing at Longis nature reserve we caught a Sedge Warbler, the significance of this bird was that whilst we are closing in on 1000 Sedge Warblers ringed here since 2016, they have all been either spring or autumn migrants. This bird is our first June record and it had an active brood patch so this female has a nest and eggs/young close by. This is the first direct evidence we have of this species breeding in Alderney and we will bring you updates of any fledged young that appear.
A exciting record from the obs moth trap appeared on the 2nd June with an Eyed Hawkmoth. This species is considered to be fairly common in much of the UK but only an occasional visitor to the Channel Islands. This specimen is the first recorded in Alderney for at least 10 years. Also from the same date Cynaeda dentalis, a handful of Alderney records but not yet recorded elsewhere in the Channel Islands.