Honey Buzzard ~ 15 May 2022

Honey Buzzard ~ 15 May 2022

Superb day recording all things fauna and flora with Naturetrek Alderney.
The birders amongst the group were delighted with a 2nd encounter with the still present Great Bustard, also a day roosting Nightjar on the track beside the bird observatory.
This afternoon was followed by excellent views of a Honey Buzzard on the west coast. Also 2 Whinchats, Peregrine, Raven and a steady stream of migrating Swallows and Martins.

Image here (heavily cropped) of today’s Honey Buzzard.


Great Bustard ~ May 14, 2022

Great Bustard ~ May 14, 2022

Great Bustard on Alderney campsite at 10:20 am, spotted during with Naturetrek tour.

This bird is fairly tame, it is one of the hand reared individuals from the Bustard Group breeding project in Salisbury.
It would be much appreciated if dog walkers could avoid the campsite whilst this magnificent bird rests and feeds. This bird is the same female that stopped off in Alderney almost exactly a year ago.

Photo JH


Greenshanks ~ April 28, 2022

Greenshanks ~ April 28, 2022

We were delighted to be joined this morning by a visiting UK birder who despite 30+mph winds shared in great views of Hobby, Ring Ouzel and Whinchat.
Also a local scarcity 2 Greenshanks, one of which was colour tagged and ringed. The birds were rather distant and only on examination of the enlarged images did we notice the tagged individual.

ALDERNEY TOUR on 28th April 2022

ALDERNEY TOUR on 28th April 2022

The next ‘After Dark Safari’ will be Thursday 28th April. Come out with Alderney Tours after dark to experience Alderney’s nocturnal wildlife, the chance to see the endearing ‘Blonde’ Hedgehogs also Bats and Barn Owls weather permitting.
Minibus collection from and return to your hotel included.
With Alderney’s leading hedgehog expert Susy Weir and Channel Islands leading Wildlife tour guide John Horton.
Unlike other tours searching for the blonde Hedgehog, our tour involves very little walking and you stay warm and dry! It’s educational and fun! Sound good? Then our ‘after dark safari’ is for you.

To book :Tel: 07815 549191, visit www.alderneytours.co.uk  or contact us via Alderney Tours Facebook page.
£10 per adult £7 under 16.
Pick-ups: 8.30 pm from the Braye Hotel, 8.35pm from the bottom of Victoria St, other locations by arrangement.


Bird Race winners ~ April 25, 2022

Bird Race winners ~ April 25, 2022

Another very closely contested Alderney bird race finished this year with Guernsey visiting team the ‘Spice Invaders’ recording the highest total during the day with a winning score of 74 species.
Despite a keen NE wind a wide variety of spring migrants recorded included Cuckoo, Hobby, Ring Ouzel and Redstart, numbers of Yellow Wagtails and Wheatears exceeded 50 individuals across the island, unexpected late moving winter migrants included Fieldfare and Brent Goose amongst 80 species recorded on the day.
So, this year the ‘Alderney Puffin’ trophy goes to Guernsey, well deserved too!
Until next year’s Alderney bird race….
Image ‘ The Spice Invaders’ with their trophy today outside the ABO headquarters.

Red-rumped Swallow ~ April 22, 2022

Red-rumped Swallow ~ April 22, 2022

Lightning does strike twice! For the second consecutive spring we had a Red-rumped Swallow at our established Swallow roost site, making this the 2nd ringing record for the Channel Islands. This latest bird a male (by tail length). Photo (JH).


Sponsored walk ~ April 20, 2022

Sponsored walk ~ April 20, 2022

Helen walks the East Highland Way for ABO

ABO Chairman Helen McGregor’s sponsored climb of Ben Nevis last year– photo above – raised over £2,000 for the Alderney Bird Observatory.

This year she plans to walk 82 miles in 8 days. Starting in Fort William on Sat April 30th Helen hopes to be in Aviemore by Sat May 7th.

The Bird Observatory has been exceptionally successful in monitoring our migrating visitors which, in turn, brings us a substantial number of human visitors.

Despite being one of Alderney’s major economic enablers it currently receives no financial assistance from the States of Alderney. If you would like to support the Bird Observatory please sponsor Helen’s walk either by donating here or visit gofund.me/051a6531


Garden Bird Watch ~ April 20, 2022

Garden Bird Watch ~ April 20, 2022

The 3rd Bailiwick Big Garden Birdwatch starts this Sunday 24th April – Why take part? There are other garden bird surveys but this is the only one dedicated to researching the status and abundance of the Bailiwick’s breeding garden birds. By the end of April your garden birds have established territories and the breeding season is underway. The adult birds you record now are the ones that have chosen your garden to raise their young and these new feathered families will be with you through to the summer.
The first two years surveys have already produced important data. For example we have a significant population of Song Thrushes (a species suffering heavy decline in the UK). Magpies are fairly common in Guernsey and Sark but the species is entirely absent from Alderney. Stock Doves are developing a very healthy increasing population across our islands.
So dig out those binoculars and your bird book and help us to help our birds.
Click the link in the header above for information
Image above: a Dunnock in a Sark garden this spring (JH).

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