May 26th

Late news from yesterday of a Yellow Legged Gull on Bray Beach, our first record this year for this species.

A second day of Easterly winds made quite a difference here with lots of new birds around. There was a flock of 26 Linnet on the golf course with a White Wagtail, 3 more White Wagtails and 2 Yellow Wagtails at Whitegates and another White Wag and a Curlew on Longis beach. A Hobby over the road beside Bray,  4 Whimbrel, a female Peregrine and a male Kestrel over Longis reserve this morning and 5 Whimbrel over Saye beach this afternoon.  50+ Swallows through during the day and also a Stock Dove over the Obs. Generally more passerines on the ground which was reflected in the ringing.

16 new birds were ringed with the nets shut at 1030am due to increasing winds. Total included 5 Swallows, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warblers and 4 Whitethroats. Easterly winds continue overnight with early showers before turning SE so hopefully more new birds tomorrow!

A new one for me (most are) in the moth trap today was this Vine’s Rustic. A species new to Alderney about 10yrs ago but now fairly common here.

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Vine’s Rustic – Hoplodrina ambigua

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