December 4th

Very little about this morning but there was another influx of Thrushes as the day went on. In the horse fields by the airport some 50 Thrushes predominantly Song Thrushes and Redwings were so intent on feeding they appeared oblivious to our presence. Further Thrush flocks again mostly Song Thrushes on the golf course and at Whitegates fields. There were 2 Wigeon on the small pond near the watermill and in total across this islands small quarries and ponds 62 Mallards. 1 Grey Wagtail at Corbletts quarry. A Woodcock, Grey Heron and Sparrowhawk at Mannez reserve. On Longis reserve still 10 Teal, also 1 male Shoveler and 2 Snipe. Anne-Isabelle Boulon reports the bird club walk seeing 2 Brent Geese, 1 Woodcock at Bonne Terre and 9 Lapwings at Vaindsaire.

December 2nd

December 2nd

Very little visible migration today some winter Thrushes but only in small numbers. Another superb mornings ringing saw 17 species processed including 1 Woodcock, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Firecrest and a Swallow ! See ringing totals page for full details.



Swallow – Longis nature reserve – photo – ABO


1st winter male Sparrowhawk – Essex Farm – photo- ABO

December 1st

December 1st

Conditions this morning were a carbon copy of yesterday, perhaps a slightly harder frost. At first light 10 Little Egrets left Longis Bay. There were 10 Teal, 1 Water Rail and 15 Snipe on Longis pond. On Longis common about 60 Greenfinches and 200 Starlings. On Longis reserve a Swallow present from mid morning to at least mid day. We are the British Isles most southerly bird observatory and we should expect late records for migrants but I did not expect to be recording Swallow in December. Other reports were a Firecrest at the community woodland 3 Bar-tailed Godwits on Braye beach.  Bird of the day was another addition to the island year total.  A Lapland Bunting made 2 passes over Longis common calling as it went. There are only a handful of records here for this species but like so much else it is likely heavily under recorded.

Ringing: 51 Birds were processed today 45 of which were new ringed. Redwing the prominent species again with 19. See ringing totals page for full details. Both yesterday and today we caught the very pale form of Chiffchaff, on island we have been split between the identification of what subspecies we are seeing. This Autumn have now processed 6 of these pale Chiffs in total, each on the back of prelonged East winds. Feathers will be sent for DNA testing to set the record straight.


Chiffchaffs – Longis Common – Photo – ABO