May 4th

Please be aware that there is now the opportunity to support the ABO via membership or donation which is now available on this site. Click on the Membership tab on the home page and follow the link. 

Apologies for the delay to all those who have emailed asking how to obtain membership and thanks again for your support.

First light was accompanied by moderate SE winds and at the morning high tide in Longis Bay there were 2 Bar tailed Godwit and 8 Whimbrel on a small patch of beach just beyond the old jetty. Great views from the ramparts of South facing Roman wall of the OBS.

At 1330hrs Paul Veron had a Common Crane over Mannez, the bird slowly circled to a great height and then headed out to sea towards mainland France.

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Common Crane – over Mannez – photo Paul Veron

Other birds seen on Alderney today included over 100 Swift over Mannez during the morning,  a Common Redstart in Barrack masters lane,  2 Marsh Harriers were reported from Giffoine, a stunning male Black Redstart by the football pitch, 2 Common Sandpiper and a summer plumage Dunlin in Bray Bay, 2 Whinchat on the Golf course,  and 11 Yellow Wagtail and 8 Wheatear this evening on Longis Common. A passing Greenshank was heard by myslef and Paul Veron but we could’nt pin it down

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Male Marsh Harrier – Giffoine – Photo Martin Batt

Ringing: 66 new birds were ringed today involving all 3 sites at one time or another ! Todays totals included 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Garden Warblers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 6 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 34 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warblers, and 1 Swallow. See ringing pages for full list.

 

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Willow Warbler – Essex Farm.  The most common species ringed this Spring.

 

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1st yr male Yellow Wagtail – Longis reserve

 

 

 

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One Response to May 4th

  1. Paul Veron says:

    Fabulous news – I’ve just raced to beat Catherine to joining so that I can nab Membership Card No 1! Lol 🙂

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