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Fri 16th October 2009

Posted on October 17, 2009 at 1:20 AM

birds : A couple of good sightings at the end of the week. On Thursday during my brief visit to Fort Hommet, there were things moving, with a flock of 22 Skylark flying low past me as they migrated NE up the coast. I've noticed that if you are on the West coast headlands here in Guernsey in Autumn, the vismig birds generally take one of two routes. They either seem to come in high off the sea on an approx SSW heading as one might expect, or they seem to be going in the opposite direction, following the coast NE, generally quite low, like these Skylarks were doing. I suppose these groups of birds find themselves out over the sea, and head to the nearest land, before taking the quickest route back to France. But the main sighting was the female Goosander that powered NE over the headland, which was most unexpected. The last Guernsey record of Goosander that I can find was January 2006 and October is a very early record.

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Then today, I whizzed round Fort le Crocq at lunchtime, and discovered a Water Pipit in the same area as last year, on the vraic by the slipway - in fact, it is possibly the same bird that wintered there last year. Water Pipit is still an official rarity on the island with about one per year on average at the moment, and I have found all of the the last six birds! Unfortunately, I had to get back to school so I couldn't take any snaps of it.

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a montage of the previous 4 Water Pipits I have found (left photo Paul Hillion, right photo Barry Wells)

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nonsense : Click here for an excellent Facebook news feed version of Hamlet I found. ('clip' below)

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Categories: 2009 Autumn