September 25th

Fairly strong Westerly winds all day kept the few grounded migrants present low and hard to see but visiting ringer Jenny Wallace found a Wryneck in Barrack Masters Lane near the Obs and a Common Redstart in the same area.

The Naturetrek group had 7 Sanderlings, 1 Grey Plover and 4 Bar-tailed Godwits on Braye beach first thing where there was also a Grey Heron. Later along the south cliffs path a female Peregrine, singles of Whinchat, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest, and a group of 9 House Martins battling against the wind. A Water Rail called from the pond in the dip and a Kestrel put up flock of Linnet from the airport at least 60 strong. In the ploughed farm fields opposite the geese a Greenland Wheatear. In the afternoon 2 Wheatears at Bibbets and a Sparrowawk and Chiffchaff from Mannez hide. 3 Cormorants off the point behind the lighthouse and a Mediterranean Gull past. There were lots of Small Copper butterflies in the vacinity of the Wildlife Bunker as the group recorded an impressive 11 species of butterfly, a wasp spider, and flora including Portland Spurge.

September 24th

This mornings due south winds offered little expectation of migrants and this was the case with just a handful of birds ringed in Essex farm. However, late afternoon good numbers of Swallows appeared over Longis Common and subsequently 23 were caught on Longis Reserve bringing todays new birds ringed total to 30. Other species ringed were Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler and Goldfinch.

I spent the day guiding for Naturetrek and passerines were thin on the ground bar Robins which were present at several locations. We had good day, seeing Water Rail and Teal  on Longis Reserve along with 2 smart Whinchats and 4 Stonechats.  At Bray Bay  there were  5 Sandwich Terns, 5 Mediterranean Gulls, 4 Little Egrets, 18 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel. At the high tide wader roost near Fort Clonque were 51 Curlews, 1 Whimbrel, 300+OystercatcherS and a Peregrine over. In Longis Bay 6 Little Egrets at high tide. At Platte Saline 4 White Wagtails, 1 Cormorant and a Common Sandpiper, and finally a Cormornat and a Turnstone behind Mannez Lighthouse.

September 23rd

Today most of the Obs and Wildlife Trust team attended the Inter-island Conservation conference in Guernsey. Arriving back at 5.15pm  there were 4 Bar-tailed Godwits on Braye beach and 2 Mediterranean Gulls in the bay.

Southerly winds all day but our visiting ringers managed 27 new birds this morning 16 of which were Blackcaps, also 1 Sedge Warbler and 2 Chiffchaffs.

The Autumn visit Naturetrek group arrived this afternoon for a 4 day visit so there will be some more birding coverage for the island for a few days.


September 22nd

Further reports from yesterday are of a Cuckoo at Mannez Quarry and a single flock of 34 Grey Plover amongst the roosting Oystercatchers near Fort Razz.

This Morning a male Shoveler, female Teal, 17 Mallards and 3 Snipe on Longis pond. A Grey Wagtail, Whinchat and 5 Stonechats plus superb views of a  Merlin over Longis Common. More finches around today with an increase in Goldfinches and Chaffinches apparent along with a marked increase in Great Tits and Song Thrushes.

On Longis beach this evening 1 Grey Plover, 1 Curlew 4 Dunlins and 13 Ringed Plover.

Ringing took place at Longis reserve and Essex Farm. Despite the unfavourable southerly winds there were still a few migrant warblers moving and we still managed 45 new birds in total. At Longis 2 Garden Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps and 1 Whitethroat were ringed along with a female Redstart, 3 Greenfinches, 3 Goldfinches and 2 Song Thrushes. At Essex Farm a better total included 12 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Chaffinches, 2 Goldfinches and a Song Thrush. A further 5 new Robins were ringed between the two sites.

Beyond tomorrow we are looking at a spell of at least a few days unsettled and windy weather mainly from the South and West.

September 21st

At Platt Saline beach 25 Ringed Plovers, 3 Dunlin, 5 Sanderling, 2 Turnstone and 9 White Wagtail. David Wedd reports around 40 Wagtails at the same location yesterday.

1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat and a Sparrowhawk at the North end of the airport runway

On Longis Common about 60 Greenfinches,  1 Wheatear,  Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. Also 5 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Grey Plover (over).

Ringing today returned 104 new birds from 16 Species. The highlights were: 2 Blackcap controls each with a Belgium ring caught in Essex Farm and processed by our visiting ringers from Yorkshire. At Longis reserve the first 9 birds extracted were all Robins with 17 in total ringed this morning. Also ringed were 29 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat, 33 Swallow and 2 Sand Martins.