Sorm Petrel

Sorm Petrel

Just a short window in the weather was suitable for visiting Burhou to ring seabirds, our enthusiastic team focused on the Lesser black backed Gull colony yesterday afternoon.
They then ringed Storm Petrels overnight, a tremendous team effort resulted in around 500 birds processed in total which included Storm Petrel, Lesser black backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great black backed Gull, Shag and Oystercatcher.
The totals also included 12 Petrel foreign controls ( 7 UK, 5 France).
Well done all concerned a fabulous team effort.

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Puffin

Puffin

Today’s ABO members boat trip went like a dream as in good sea conditions bird sightings exceeded everyone’s expectations (including the ABO warden!).
Using local leading boat trip operator Avanti tours we headed out to the Gannet colony on Ortac Rock after taking in the Puffins off Burhou island.
To our surprise and delight we got fabulous views of rafts of Balearic Shearwaters. Manx Shearwaters, Kittiwake, Common Terns, Cormorant, Shags, Guillemots, Razorbills and Peregrines.
Image from today’s trip (JH)


Common Darter

Common Darter

Very nice session at the ABO’s wildlife garden this morning with Naturetrek.
Photos (JH) Common Darter, Lemon Marsh Fly and Poecilobothrus nobilitatus


 

Balearic Shearwater

Balearic Shearwater

Cracking boat trip with local leading operator “Avanti Boat Trips” for the visiting Naturetrek group this afternoon.
Excellent views of several Balearic Shearwaters.
Photo by Keith Monk


 

European Bee-eater

European Bee-eater

A European Bee-eater today, to the delight of the visiting Naturetrek group.
We first saw it along the track towards Fort Clonque late morning then watched it at length this afternoon at Longis Nature reserve.
Photo Keith Monk.


 

Stonechat

Stonechat

Some of Alderneys newest residents were recorded earlier this week during The Constant Effort Site (CES) visit, situated at the observatory site which produced a variety of very recently fledged young birds.
The CES program involves thousands of bird ringers across Europe all following the same standardised guidelines monitoring Europe’s breeding songbirds between April and August. The Channel Islands now contributes to this research through the ABO and this week’s new arrivals not previously recorded in our CES included Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Great Tit and Stonechat.
Photo (JH) one of the island’s latest residents – a young Stonechat.