June 22nd

June 22nd

At first light there were 3 Curlew and 4 Black headed Gulls on Longis Beach, these included a juvenile. The large Starling flock present all day yesterday had departed, a group of 6 remaining Starling were the focus of a male Peregrine hunting low in the early morning mist. Groups of Swifts have been apparent today, single flocks of 7 and 13 passing the observatory this morning, also 2 more over Longis reserve along with a male Sparrowhawk.

Ringing continues to produce more Reed Warblers. A total of 18 more new birds were ringed on Longis reserve this morning. I forgot to mention that yesterday we ringed our 2nd Crow of the year, a new species for visiting ringing trainee Harriet Clark, Whilst resident trainee John Weir extracted and ringed his first Starlings.  See ringing totals page for full list of species.

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Returning from walking the dog this evening we witnessed the materialization of a wonderful rainbow, and at the end of the rainbow is……Alderney Bird Observatory ! There must be more Wildlife treasures to come !

 

21st June

21st June

Another 32 new birds were ringed this morning. A flock of around 50 Starlings have arrived on Longis Common and 13 of these found our nets. Other species ringed included Chifchaff, Reed Warbler, Song Thrush and Goldfinch.

Les Etacs looked pretty impressive today – standing room only one of Alderney’s two Gannet colonies.

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The above moth in today’s trap is a Barred Red (green morph).