22nd – A single Grey Heron high over Giffione and 3 Teal at Rose Farm. At least two Water Rails were very vocal at Longis pond reserve where the Tufted Duck and Gadwall remain.
23rd, A Black Redstart was seen on the daily census, also 3 Sandwich Terns. Record of the day came from Dr.Sandy Robertson who managed a record shot of a bird passing Platte Saline. Luckily the photo was good enough for us to pin it down to one species, a Goosander. Another new bird for the ABO, only one previous record for Alderney.
24th, The observatory daily census walk has really come up trumps this spring regards sightings of some unusual visitors. Today Justin came across this magnificent White-spotted Bluethroat in the Mannez lighthouse garden. There are surprisingly few historical records of this species given our geographical location, it is likely that these super little ‘Robin-like’ birds have simply been under-recorded due to lack coverage, the next few years observatory research work will give us a better idea of their regularity or otherwise. Still very few other grounded migrants around though a marked increase in Meadow Pipits (up to around 200 birds) was recorded, also 5 Wheatears, 2 Skylarks, 7 White Wagtails, 2 Firecrests, 1 Redwing and 3 Whimbrels. Peregrines were on the move, my afternoon island tour party got great views of a pair displaying over Giffione and late in the afternoon Justin and I were lucky enough to watch one from the Observatory, dive and take a Woodpigeon hitting it at somewhere around 200mph over Longis Bay.
Well done Sandy, superb photos thank you.