June 22nd

At first light there were 3 Curlew and 4 Black headed Gulls on Longis Beach, these included a juvenile. The large Starling flock present all day yesterday had departed, a group of 6 remaining Starling were the focus of a male Peregrine hunting low in the early morning mist. Groups of Swifts have been apparent today, single flocks of 7 and 13 passing the observatory this morning, also 2 more over Longis reserve along with a male Sparrowhawk.

Ringing continues to produce more Reed Warblers. A total of 18 more new birds were ringed on Longis reserve this morning. I forgot to mention that yesterday we ringed our 2nd Crow of the year, a new species for visiting ringing trainee Harriet Clark, Whilst resident trainee John Weir extracted and ringed his first Starlings.  See ringing totals page for full list of species.

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Returning from walking the dog this evening we witnessed the materialization of a wonderful rainbow, and at the end of the rainbow is……Alderney Bird Observatory ! There must be more Wildlife treasures to come !

 

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