Today our new ‘highflyer’ mist-netting system was deployed, a method of gathering data with a proven track record evidenced by some other bird observatories and numerous ornithological researchers across Europe and in particular Scandinavia.

This will certainly be a great asset assisting us in monitoring bird migration through Alderney. A few Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps moving this morning, departing Brent Geese and arriving Lesser black-backed Gulls, a single Wheatear and a locally scarce spring record of Reed Bunting the other migrants of note. Finally, at an undisclosed location, a male Zitting Cisticola displaying.

Photo, the highflyer nets