Northern Willow Warblers

Northern Willow Warblers

Today’s highlights, a pair of Marsh Harriers in off the sea at Mannez headed north, our first Cuckoo of the spring was seen at the Golf course. Just under 100 birds were ringed, they included a fine male Common Redstart and several Willow Warblers’ sub-species acredula.

Photo (JH) one of this mornings ‘Northern Willow Warblers’.


 

Blair’s Mocha Moth

Blair’s Mocha Moth

A busier day for migrant passerines with 163 ringed, these were mostly Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs. A very slow start to the year for moths was brightened up a little this morning by a Blair’s Mocha, not a species we record often,

Photo Matt Scragg.


 

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

One of two Yellow Wagtails at our Swallow roost this evening. A good fall of Willow Warblers late afternoon, also today Bar-tailed Godwit and Common Sandpiper.

Photo (JH) one of this evening’s Wagtails.


 

Hoopoe

Hoopoe

A member of the public reported a Hoopoe this morning feeding in a back garden in the vicinity of La Trigale. Though the finder needed no help with identifying the bird it is always helpful for the Alderney Island Bird Recorder to receive photos which negate the need for completing written descriptions of rare birds. Even if the image isn’t as clear as you would like, we can usually identify the species for you. So, watch out for this exotic looking pink, black and white bird in your garden, it’s out there somewhere!

White Stork

Today’s highlight a White Stork first seen this morning by Paul Veron over the airport then at various locations around the island. Also today a Green Sandpiper and just a single Swallow.