October 21st

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 Starlings, 11 Fieldfares, 6 Siskins, 85 Chaffinches, 5 Skylarks and 22 Swallows.

At Mannez 57 Rewdwings were ringed and we returned 157 new birds for the day. Final totals included 13 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps, 5 Long tailed Tits, 68 Redwings, 23 Song Thrushes, 14 Starlings, 3 Chaffinches, 4 Goldcrests, 7 Robins and our first Fieldfare (also 1st ever ringed on the island).


1st winter Redwing – Photo – Dr.Sandy Robertson

There were 2 Yellow browed Warblers seen around Essex Farm in the afternoon and a Whimbrel at Mannez lighthouse. 2 Woodcocks were seen near the airfield and the male Shoveler was again on Essex pond. Lastly, there were 2 Turnstones at Platte Saline.





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 and by lunch time estimated some 1500 Redwings, 500 Song Thrushes, 200 Fieldfares and 200 Chaffinches and 6 Skylarks.  A fantastic day birds everywhere…

The ringing total was 104 new birds and dominated by Thrushes as you might expect with 33 Redwings and 24 Song Thrushes, also our 12th Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 13 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps and 11 Robins.