April 23rd

A Hoopoe was reported by Mark Atkinson from Rose Farm early this morning but it evaded the Naturetrek group who were later lucky enough to get excellent views of a male Pied Flycatcher in Longis car park followed up by a male Common Redstart in the hand during a ringing demonstration for the tour at the Obs. A Hoopoe (presumably the earlier bird) spent much of its day in a back garden in Barrack Masters Lane. The bird was photographed by the resident who stopped me by chance near the Obs hours later to show me some nice photos of it.  Hopefully these shots will come through to us soon and be added to this site. The Brent Goose was still present in Longis Bay where 2 Sandwich Terns were also seen.  A Ring Ouzel was seen at Giffione.

Paul and Catherine Veron ringed Mannez Quarry his morning producing 47 birds 35 of which were Blackcaps ! Paul also had 2 Whitethroat. I ringed Essex Farm today and as usual the Willow Warblers were in impressive numbers around the sewage works with a further 46 new birds ringed. Other birds ringed included our first Garden Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff  13 Whitethroat,  17 Blackcap, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, a male Siskin and 2 Common Redstarts brought the total at Essex Farm to 104 and a total of 151 birds processed on Alderney today.

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Garden Warbler – Essex Farm

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1st yr Male Siskin  – Essex Farm

 

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