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 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.
Kentish Plover with our visiting Naturetrek holiday group today, also 4 Swift and Yellow Wagtails.
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.
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).
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
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).
A Common Sandpiper on our NE coast this morning was the latest addition to our 2022 migration census. Photo (JH).