November 23rd

Finally a lull in the winds, but not for long…

After several days of very few passerines around, this morning saw another good day of visual migration. Small beer compared to early in the month but still several small flocks of Redwings and Chaffinches through. Also an increase in grounded Blackbirds and Song Thrushes was reflected in a morning ringing session along side warblers still coming through.  37 new birds: 9 Redwings 4 Song Thrushes, 4 Blackbirds, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Dunnock, 2 Wrens, 1 Blue Tit, 5 Chaffinches and 5 Goldfinches. Controls have very few during the Autumn compared to the Spring, today we processed a UK control Goldfinch, a fine adult male.

Back to storm force winds this evening and it appears severe gales for several days ahead.

November 21st

The harsh weather continues… a short break between showers this afternoon allowed a little birding. 1 Female Wigeon flew over Platte Saline, about 30 Meadow Pipits, 20 Chaffinches and 10 Goldfinches were in the large ploughed field at platte saline. On Longis pond 4 Teal and 15 Snipe. Also 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Grey Wagtail in Braye Bay.

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No ringing today

November 20th

After storm Angus saw 90mph + winds we woke to find one of our huge front gates ripped off its hinges, a few tiles from the out buildings in the yard. Across the island several trees were down.

An inspection of the furled nets in the morning put up 2 Woodcocks at Longis reserve. There was a Grey Wagtail in Barrackmasters lane.

For a short spell this afternoon the wind dropped right off and we opened a few nets for about an hour before rain set in again. 7 New birds were ringed: 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest and 3 Chaffinches.




November 19th

Storm force winds again today but we were able to ring in a sheltered barn entrance at Kiln Farm where we caught another 51 new Starlings.

Grey Wagtail still present at the farm.

No other news.

November 18th

November 18th

Today strong winds again with intermittent heavy showers.

Jo England and I got out birding around the island. Whilst any passerine with any sense was sheltering deep in undergrowth we did manage to clock up 53 species. Of note were the following:

1  Longis pond – 1 male Wigeon (2nd record of the year),  4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail, 1 Mistle Thrush (over), 1 male Sparrowhawk.

Saye Bay – 1 Sanderling, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Peregrine

Braye Bay – 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black Restart (on jetty by hotel)

Kiln Farm – 1 Grey Wagatil, 1 Buzzard.

Clonque – 8 Little Egret, 28 Curlew.

Platte saline – 1 Lesser black backed Gull, 1 Ringed Plover.

Barrackmasters Lane – 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest.

No ringing today.


Wigoen – Longis reserve – photo – ABO