Willow Warbler 27 Jul 2021

Willow Warbler 27 Jul 2021

Migration today included 2 Honey Buzzards, Whimbrel and Common Sandpiper. Amongst migrant passerines ringed were a dozen Willow Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers and our 2nd Grasshopper Warbler this month.

Photo – one of today’s Willow Warblers.


 

Hedgehog survey 25th July 2021

Hedgehog survey 25th July 2021

Bird Observatory guests taking part in phase 2 of Alderneys first comprehensive island wide survey of our Hedgehogs. This standardized monitoring program has been masterminded by visiting scientist/researcher Richard Meklzeck together with our local resident leading Hedgehog expert Suzy Weir. Our group spotted 4 individuals at our designated location, we look forward to seeing the island wide results.


 

News about House Martin chick 23 Jul 2021

News about House Martin chick 23 Jul 2021

See earlier post
A wonderful moment this morning as we released the House Martin chick brought in to us by a local resident. After hand rearing the bird over the last couple of days it took flight at a location where other House Martins have recently fledged, it immediately flew strong and high joining a small flock of its own kind chattering away amongst them. Best of luck little one.


 

News about House Martin chick 23 Jul 2021

Fledgling Housemartin 22 Jul 2021

This young House Martin was brought into the bird observatory yesterday morning, it was found floundering in the road at Braye, possibly fallen from a nest a few days ahead of naturally fledging, it is otherwise very chirpy and it is doing very well taking crickets and grasshoppers caught in our garden.

Whilst this bird would likely not have survived, this post is a timely reminder that lots of young birds are currently leaving the nest and for the vast majority their best chance of survival is to be left where they are, mum and dad will almost certainly be close by and have things in hand.