Monthly Archives: August 2016

August 31st

Reports from yesterday from visiting birder Mike Witherick of Honey Buzzard over Braye at 11am headed south,  and from David Child of 1 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin and 15 Ringed Plover at high tide 7pm Longis bay. Todays ringing incorporated fitting … Continue reading

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August 29th

News from yesterday of a sighting of a Honey Buzzard. Not the ideal wind direction but superb ringing conditions this morning allowed the rare opening of our most exposed net across the mixed grassland on Longis common. This net  promptly … Continue reading

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August 29th

This morning began extremely slowly ringing 3 birds only between 0530  and 9am. I was then reminded of the beauty and unpredictability of island ringing when suddenly at 0915 we had a 21 bird round that included Spotted Flycatcher, Garden … Continue reading

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August 28th

A day of strong South westerly winds with sporadic showers. There was no opportunity to open any nets. A late Common Swift was around Mannez lighthouse this evening and from the ringing room on the Obs ramparts I had a … Continue reading

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August 27th

A brief spell of NE winds made all the difference today. At first light there were 10 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Teal, 4 Water Rail (3 juvs and one adult) on Longis Pond and a Wheatear on the Common … Continue reading

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August 26th

Winds continued from the NW a little blowy at first light but quickly they became excellent ringing conditions. A total of 44 new birds included 7 warbler species, 2 more Garden Warblers and an increase in migrant Whitethroats. This morning … Continue reading

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August 25th

Though the forecast was for rain all day today we had a very still and rain free start that allowed 3 hours ringing during which we had 28 more new birds. It was the usual suspects with Willow Warbler, Reed and … Continue reading

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August 24th

Finally back in the saddle at the Obs, we had a super morning ringing with lots of migrant birds probably moving ahead of tonight’s weather front.  106 birds were processed with good numbers of Willow Warblers (48) still dominating the … Continue reading

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August 21st/22nd

Returning to Alderney 23rd August following a very worthwhile few days at the Bird Fair Rutland. There can be little doubt that the Obs is igniting the national and international interest of birders, ringers and wildlife enthusiasts. The Bird Fair … Continue reading

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19th-20th August

Its been all go at the British birdwatching fair Rutland where we have been delighted to meet again lots of people visiting the stand who have visited the Obs this year. Also there has been huge interest in the British … Continue reading

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