Ringed Plover – 1 Sep 2021

Ringed Plover – 1 Sep 2021

Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlins were ringed overnight.
A slower morning at the passerine nets with Pied Flycatcher and 3 Whinchats the highlights. An unfamiliar wader calling as it passed over Mannez quarry this morning appeared to be circling looking to land but instead headed off high and east towards the french coast, not before being identified as a Dotterel, this is the first record of this species here in over 20yrs.
Photo: last night’s Ringed Plover by Matt Scragg.


Icterine Warbler ~ 28 Aug 2021

Icterine Warbler ~ 28 Aug 2021

Another Icterine Warbler was ringed this morning at Longis Nature reserve.
The reserve’s  “Naturetrek Hide” ringing station has seen some lovely birds this week.
Also ringed this morning Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, 2 Wheatears and 3 Whinchats.

Photo: this morning’s Icterine Warbler by Matt Scragg.


 

Osprey ~ 27 Aug 2021

Osprey ~ 27 Aug 2021

Working on our new observatory HQ this afternoon Matt and I downed tools to watch an Osprey drift overhead.

Ringing this morning included Spotted and Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Whinchat and Garden Warbler, Whitethroat again the most common migrant.

Photo a record shot of this afternoon’s Osprey.


 

Wryneck ~ 26 Aug 2021

Wryneck ~ 26 Aug 2021

Today 2 Wrynecks, 3 Redstarts, Tree Pipit, Pied Flycatcher and 6 Whinchats were the pick of a productive morning’s ringing.

Photo: one of today’s Wrynecks. You can see the video here


 

Nightingale ~ 25 Aug 2021

Nightingale ~ 25 Aug 2021

At first light flyover migrants included Redshank, Turtle Dove and Yellow Wagtail. The ringing again produced bird of the day with a Nightingale at Longis, Alderney has precious few records of this species historically and it is likely that our ringing research is now providing the first realistic picture of the their numbers passing through Alderney on migration.
4 Tree Pipits, 3 Redstarts, 2 Garden Warblers and a Pied Flycatcher were also ringed this morning.
Photo: this morning’s Nightingale by Asst. Warden Matt Scragg.