August 1st

Mark Atkinson had a Black Stork today over Tourgis at 12:20hrs.

Paul Veron did an early doors seawatch from Mannez Lighthouse and reported the following:

Manx Shearwater  – 345 (270 east 75 west)
Balearic Shearwater – 21  (7 east 14 west)
Mediterranean Gull – 10 (8 east and 2 west)
1 Whimbrel and 2 Little Egrets at Fort Houmet Florains
Bottle-nosed Dolphin – 12+ feeding for an hour

Ringing this morning on Longis reserve was productive.We are beginning to see stronger signs of migration. A total of 95 birds of 18 species were processed, of which 76 were new. The new birds total included 19 Willow Warblers, 5 Sedge and 9 Reed Warblers, 8 Whitethroats and 3 Blackcap. A further 5 Stonechat were also ringed.

There was a Green Sandpiper on the Longis reserve first thing, a Grey Plover on Saye beach and a very large gull roost of over 500 Lesser Black-backed, 61 Herring, 3 Great Black-backed, 2 Mediterranean and 25 Black-headed Gulls on Crabby beach at high tide. Colour-rings were read and recorded from 47 of these birds. Visible migration involved small numbers of Sand Martin. There are also still half a dozen well-advanced Fulmar chicks on the south cliffs.

For information locally: The Nunnery/ABO will be open to the public this Thursday morning 0830-1030hrs for anyone who would like to visit us.

 

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