Our 4th day of East winds saw a little more variety in birds recorded with John Weir reporting 2 Lapwings in the field at Whitegates. I had 3 Teal, 1 Wigeon,  1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Siskin and 1 Woodcock over Longis common this morning while ringing and Paul Veron and Chris Mourant had great views of a Red breasted Flycatcher in Mannez nature  reserve. The Starling flock frequenting Longis continues to grow as does the Greenfinch flock and once again there were good numbers of Meadow Pipit around. Song Thrushes and Robins again appeared to be in just about every bush and there was an increase in Blackbirds. Swallows through today numbered about 100, but there were also 6 Sand Martins with them.

Ringing was once again very busy with 72 new birds ringed at Mannez and 112 new birds at Longis. Of the 184 new birds total Robin was again the most numerous with 79, also 28 Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs (plus a German ringed Control), 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Yellow Browed Warbler (6th in 3 days) 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler,  13 Greenfinches, 2 Chaffinches, 3 Goldfinches, 2 Firecrests, 5 Goldcrests, 7 Song Thrushes, 8 Blackbirds, 2 Stonechats, 6 Starlings, 2 Great Tits, 1 Swallow, 5 Wrens and 2 Dunnocks.

Tomorrow we are delighted to be hosting the Channel Islands ringing conference and weather permitting there should be lots of great birding and ringing over the weekend.


Yellow browed Warbler – Longis Common – Photo – ABO