16th-22nd October

16th

As promised here are the results of Alderneys participation in the National Moth nights. Thanks to David Wedd our resident moth guru for providing us with this data.

NATIONAL MOTH NIGHTS

 

OCTOBER   13  +  14  + 15

28009   E sarcitella   White-shouldered House Moth     648                   +          +  2

45054   E monodactyla   Common Plume   1524                                1   +    1  +   2

49039   E postvittana   Light Brown Apple Moth   998                     21  +  24  +  20

49109   A hamana                                         937                                1   +    1  +

63031   U ferrugalis   Rusty-dot Pearl   1395                                    35   +  33  + 54

63052   N noctuella   Rush Veneer   1398                                           2   +   2   +   2

70017   I degeneraria   Portland Ribbon Wave   1714                             +        +  1

70270   E bistortata   Engrailed   1947                                                1    +        +  1

70049   X fluctuata   Garden Carpet   1728                                                +        +  1

70077   P firmata   Pine Carpet   1767                                                 2    +   5   +  1

70081   T obeliscata   Grey Pine Carpet   1768                                    1    +   5   +  1

70083   T cupressata   Cypress Carpet     1771a                                   1    +   2   +  2

70095   C siterata   Red-green Carpet    1760                                      1    +   1   +  1

70141   G rufifasciata   Double-striped Pug   1862                              1   +   1   +  2

70159    E phoeniceata   Cypress Pug   1855                                        1   +   3   +  3

70173    E centaureata   Lime-speck Pug   1825                                         +  1   +  1

70226   O luteolata    Brimstone    1906                                               1    +       +

70258   P rhomboidaria   Willow Beauty    1937                                 6    +   1   +  2

70284   H fasciaria   Barred Red   1962                                               4    +   5  +  14

70294   A ochrearia   Yellow Belle   1968                                                  +     +   1

72002   R sericealis    Straw Dot   2474                                                4    +  2  +  8

72003   H proboscidalis   Snout   2477                                                  6    +  4  +   4

72006   H obsitalis    Bloxworth Snout   2478                                       5 on ivy

72043   E depressa    Buff Footman   2049                                            3    +  13 + 7

72045   E lurideola   Common Footman   2050                                           +  4    + 1

72046   E complana   Scarce Footman   2047                                              +  3   +

72047   E caniola    Hoary Footman   2045                                                 +  1   +  1

72061   S costaestrigalis   Pinion-streaked Snout   2484                        1   + 9   +  6

73002   A triplasia   Dark Spectacle    2449                                                 +  1  +

73015   A gamma   Silver Y   2441                                                          7   +  4  +  5

73068   A oxyacanthae   Green-brindled Crescent   2245                           +   1  +

73093   C kadenii   Clancy’s Rustic   2387a                                           11  +  8   + 20

73113   P meticulosa   Angle Shades   2306                                            2  +  2   +  3

73123   H micacea   Rosy Rustic   2361                                                  2   +  2  +  2

73134   R lutosa   Large Wainscot   2375                                                2  +  9  +  12

73178   L oditis   Beautiful Gothic   2226                                              13  +  9  +  9

73186   A lychnidis   Beaded Chestnut   2267                                       15  + 18  + 15

73189   A lota    Red-line Quaker   2263                                                 4   +   3  +  1

73193   C lunosa   Lunar Underwing   2270                                         14  +  33  + 39

73206   L leautieri   Blair’s Shoulder-knot   2240                                      +   2   +

73229   T flammea   Flame Brocade   2251                                           41  +  76  + 78

73233   A nigra    Black Rustic   2232                                                   28  +  35  + 56

73235   P lichenea   Feathered Ranunculus   2255                                37  +  80  + 98

732  37   P flavicincta   Large Ranunculus   2252                                     4   +   4  + 11

73295   M vitellina   Delicate   2195                                                      15  +  24  + 27

73300   M l-album   L-album Wainscot   2202                                        7  +  13  + 12

73307   P saucia    Pearly Underwing   2119                                               +       +   1

73310   A segetum   Turnip Moth    2087                                                 5   +   5   +   3

73324   A trux   Crescent Dart   2090                                                      10  +  10  + 15

73325   A puta   Shuttle-shaped Dart  2092                                              7   +   6   + 12

73342   N pronuba   Large Yellow Underwing   2107                            33  +  37  + 25

73345   N comes   Lesser Yellow Underwing   2109                                     +        +   2

73352   X xanthographa   Square-spot Rustic   2134                                5   +   7   +  4

73359   X c-nigrum   Setaceous Hebrew Character   2126                             +        +  4

73365   E glareosa   Autumnal Rustic   2117                                             5  +  26  + 38

 

59003   Pararge aegeria   Speckled Wood   1614                                     1   +       +  1

59023   Vanessa atalanta   Red Admiral   1590                                         1   +   1  +  2

 

3 nights using 5 traps; 1550 moths in all, of 57 species.

A week of mixed weather but predominently blustery conditions. Towards the end of the week stormy conditions and we began to signs of large numbers of Starlings, finches and Thrushes arriving at and passing over the island. Several species of birds were ringed that don’t come around too often and we recorded one very surprising visitor !

17th – Sandy Robertson had a juvenile Wheatear on the german anti tank wall Longis bay. Surprise of the day and indeed the year thus far was a sighting of the pelican pictured below. A video was taken of the bird in Longis bay by local resident Samantha Jenkins who then transmitted the video to the ABO facebook page. On receipt of the video I had to watch it twice (seated the second time) during which I focused on the background verifying the location. Enhanced photos lead us to believe this is a Dalmation Pelican. It turns out that a Dalmation Pelican (highly likely the same bird, they don’t grow on trees in this part of the world) was sighted on the 4th of October in Normandy France.

 

Dalmation Pelican

Dalmation Pelican – Longis Bay Photo – Samantha Jenkins

 

A rare breeding resident for us is the Long tailed Tit pictured below. Just 3 sightings of this species here this year, just one of these wonderful birds was ringed at Rose Farm.

 

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Long Tailed Tit – Rose Farm – Photo – JH – ABO 

 

18th – A very late migrating Willow Warbler was ringed by Paul & Catherine Veron in thier garden. Another rare bird locally (Bullfinch pictured below) was ringed at Mannez quarry. A single Lapwing was seen flying in off the sea over the lighthouse. A vocal Brambling was also observed from the reserve hide.

 

Bulfinch 2

Adult female Bullfinch – Mannez quarry – photo – JH – ABO

 

19th – Both Black Redstart and a late Common Redstart were ringed at Mannez Quarry. An invasion of finches, mainly Chaffinches and Goldfinches along with Song Thrushes  and Blackbirds in high numbers included this Brambling ringed at Rose Farm. 3 further Bramblings were seen flying over along with around 35 Siskins. The Verons enjoyed a female Hawfinch in thier garden !

 

Brambling 2

Brambling – Rose Farm – Photo – JH – ABO

 

21st

A day of 40-50mph winds. John Wier, Justin and I planted a variety of fruit trees, shrubs and hedges on our Essex farm ringing site owned by Bruno Kay-Mouat. Huge thanks to Nigel Clarke of  ‘Allergy Friendly Plants’ Guernsey, for lending his expertise and for donating all these plants to the ABO. Also thanks also to Bruno Kay-Moet for continuing to support the ABO by working with us to enhance parts of his land for the benefit of attracting and supporting our birds. In a couple of years we should begin to see the benefits of this planting as it begins to supply food and shelter for thousands of migrant and resident birds. 4 House Martins were in a windy Longis Bay.

 

Breakwater storm

Gigantic waves crash against the Alderney Breakwater  – photo – JH – ABO

 

22nd – Another day of strong winds from the south and South West. A drive around the island confirmed that conditions were at best challenging. There were 2 Mediterranean Gulls on Crabby Beach, a sub adult Common Gull on Platte Saline beach, 65 Herring Gulls sheltering on Tourgis Hill and a 300 strong flock of Starlings in the vicinity of the airfield. Justin recorded 2 House Martins over Essex Farm and got stuck into entering ringing data and spent several happy hours writing the ‘Terms and Conditions for the bookings page on the forthcoming new ABO  website.

 

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