May 24th

Today a Black Kite was over the golf club at 1330hrs (I finally caught up with one) Robert Manzano Rubio reported a Nightingale singing on Longis Nature reserve at 10am and again at 11am, the naturetrek group were lucky enough to see the bird, this is a very late migration record for this species and may indicate a male attempting to breed. Robert also heard Bee-eater over Longis today.  Lois Lelacheur reports a Merlin along Longis sea defence wall. There was a Kestrel over the reserve this evening and 2prs of Shelduck in Longis Bay.

Priority this morning was a meeting with the Alderney States members to deliver our 5yr business plan for the observatory to secure funding for its progress and future, so I was unable to do any ringing. Just time to check the moth trap which again had some real beauty’s including a Hawkmoth and 2 more Tiger moths.

 

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Small Elephant Hawkmoth – Deilephila porcellus

 

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1 of 2 Cream Spot Tiger moths in the trap today

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