An extremely mild sunny and windless day today. A fine Water Pipit beside the obs in longis beach car park. Single White and Grey Wagtails at the sewage works. Also today a pair or Dartford Warblers at Essex castle and a Peacock butterfly at houmet Herbe. Surprisingly a large bat was flying around Essex farm today for at least 30 minutes at mid day. There was one of those rather annoying remote control drones buzzing around being operated from longis car park, we wondered if this had disturbed the bat from its roost.

Other reports from the last few days.

10th – 17 snipe and 8 Teal on longis Pond and 1 Brent Goose Longis bay.

8th – 1 Barn Owl over golf course, 17 Long tailed tits golf course towards Barrackmasters Lane.

Another landmark for us this week. The Alderney Bird Observatory is delighted to announce that its 100th member has just joined the Observatory, providing much needed support for this fledgling initiative.

At the Alderney Wildlife Trust Christmas dinner Mr and Mrs Castle successfully bid for membership number 100 of the Alderney Bird Observatory on behalf of their daughter Amber. Great stuff.