A short round up of an extraordinary 10 months. It has been.. awesome. The ABO annual report is well under way and free to members.
First a round-up of the last week. Our main event was an end of year presentation held at the AWT conference room. We were fully booked and many thanks to those who attended. I will be giving a similar presentation in Guernsey 27th January.
Very few bird records of note during an unseasonably warm and dry period. 1 Sandwich Tern in Longis bay 24th. Paul Veron reports a Siberian Chiffchaff from Barrackmasters lane 27th.
- 13011 Birds ringed
- 79 species ringed
- 23 new species added to the Alderney ringing list
- 183 bird species recorded this year
- 5 species added to the list of the birds of Alderney.
- Full breakdown of all our progress,records and events in the forthcoming annual report.
It is equally as impossible to thank all those who have contributed to our first year as it is to try to pick out specific highlights. Suffice to say I am very excited about embarking on our first full calendar year of operations, as we continue to wake the sleeping giant that is birding and ringing on this island.
From all of the ABO team.
HAPPY NEW YEAR !
19th – 1 Brent Goose in longis bay
20th -6 Grey Partridges at Goiffoine
21st – 14 Dunlin 1 Turnstone at Platte saline
16th – Fulmars continue to be reported along the south cliffs with 2 pairs on the cliffs near Clonque. Potentially a new site for Fulmar should they breed.
Fulmar – South cliffs – photo – Dr.S Roberston
17th – 1 Sandwich Tern in Braye Bay, 1 Grey Wagtail on the obs Wall.
A handful of birds ringed included 2 Dartford Warblers. Despite being a resident breeding species this is the first ringing record for the island and it brings the Alderney species of birds ringed total to 100. Also ringed, a female Firecrest and 1 Chiffchaff.
Pr of Dartford Warbler – Essex Hill – photo – ABO
Female Firecrest – Longis nature reserve – photo – ABO
18th – After almost a week of southerly winds a change last night to north Westerly and this morning another influx of Thrushes. Mainly Redwings, around 50 over Longis reserve this morning along with a dozen Fieldfares. New birds ringed included 12 Redwings, 1 Blackcap, 1 Meadow Pipit and 1 Stonechat.
The Water Pipit was showing well between Longis car park jetty and the golf green opposite the Obs. Last day today for assistant warden Joe England. Top job Joe, we all wish you well and hope to see you back here soon.
Water Pipit – golf course – photo – Joe England
An influx of Black headed Gulls today with 55 on Braye beach. 8 Mediterranean Gulls at the usual braye roost site. 3 Bar-tailed Godwits on Braye beach. Also today another movement of winter Thrushes with around 100 Redwings and 20 Fieldfares observed.
As things wind down for the winter blog updates will now be on Sunday evenings only. Next update Sunday 18th Dec.
A nice ringing session from the assistant warden Joe England at Essex farm today saw over 20 birds processed and included a new species for the year ringing totals, a Grey Wagtail. This is our 78th species ringed since March and close to the year end this takes us one ahead of the total of 77 species ringed on Alderney since 1945. Other new birds ringed included 9 Long tailed tits, 2 Starlings and 1 Blackbird.