October 26th

October 26th

Today there was an immature Brent Goose at Platte Saline. An increase in Swallows with about 35 through today. A flock of 15 Skylark over Longis common and a Jack Snipe on the pond. At the golf club this evening there were 2 Black Redstarts on the  clubhouse roof and everywhere is hopping with Robins! Could be another busy morning.

Ringing at Mannez and Longis produced another 84 newly-ringed birds. The highlights were 2 new species added to the island ringing list; a Woodcock at Essex Farm and then Paul Veron caught a Kestrel at Mannez. Other birds ringed today included 21 Redwing, 6 Song Thrushes, 10 Blackbirds, 1 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrests, 7 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 12 Robins and  a Starling.

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Adult male Woodcock – Essex Farm – Photo – ABO

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Kestrel – Mannez – Photo – Paul Veron

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Brent Goose – Platte Saline – photo – David Child

October 25th

A belated record from the 24th of 5 Woodlarks seen flying high over Mannez lighthouse bound for France by Paul Veron.

Very light SW winds today. Fog was present from about 8am throughout the day cutting of visual migration but the ringing benefitted from more birds staying low. While opening the nets we saw a Barn Owl over Longis common. There was a Grey Wagtail on Longis pond, 2 Skylark and 7 Swallows around the common. Lots more Fieldfares about again with a single flock of 80 over visitng Longis. A single Lapwing was reported heading out to sea from Clonque.

This morning was overcast and very still. Our last visiting ringer left on the first flight leaving the Obs empty for a few days. Just Longis reserve open today but it proved fruitful with 76 new birds ringed from 16 species: 16 Robins, 10 Wrens, 8 Song Thrushes, 8 Blackbirds, 7 Starlings, 6 Blackcaps, 5 Greenfinches, 4 Redwings, 3 Chaffinches, 3 Swallows, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Great Tit and 1 Fieldfare.