The work of the ABO regularly features in the local and wider Channel Islands press, another very positive article in todays ‘Guernsey Press’ features our new assistant warden Matt and the recently spotted Stone Curlew. We are hoping to soon share with you exciting news concerning securing the long term future of the ABO.
Our first Black Kite of the year just passed over the bird Observatory 1045am headed SW.
Another unseasonably cold start this morning. A Cattle Egret passed over the census area but was not relocated. A Garden Warbler was reported from the wider recording area along with 6 Dartford Warblers. 52 birds ringed were mainly Blackcaps and Willow Warblers but also 3 Redstarts (all males) 1 Sedge Warbler and a Lesser Redpoll. Photos (JH) one of this mornings Redstarts
Some movement this morning with 150 Swallows, 40 Sand Martins and 8 House Martins through between 10 & 11am. Also in the field our first Whinchat of the spring, a fine male Redstart, 5 Siskins and a late record of Jack Snipe. Passerine migration was best reflected in the ringing results which were 135 birds ringed, almost all of which consisted of a fairly even split between Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff along with 4 Whitethroats and a Redstart. Also this morning a Large Tortoiseshell butterfly. Photo (JH) A Kestrel at Mannez Lighthouse garden this evening.
Todays highlights were both Ospreys, Chris Bale (migration assistant) had one over the observatory at mid-day and I was fortunate to be able to point out another one to my excited Island tour group who watched it in off the sea this afternoon at 1620hrs at the Giffoine. Also recorded this morning 2 Reed Buntings, a Reed Warbler and a Common Sandpiper. Photo (JH) a record shot of the 2nd Osprey.