Thu 7th January 2010

Posted on January 8, 2010 at 11:50 PM

birds : Two top reasons why cold weather is awesome on Guernsey - 1, it brings in loads of birds from the continent - and 2, they give me the day off work so that I can go look at them! So with another school closure due to icy roads in the upper parishes I was free to go search for some Woodlarks that Tony had found in fields near Rue des Bergers. I gave it about an hour's searching around lunchtime but they had clearly gone, but these fields were full of cold-weather immigrants from the continent, and it was excellent birding. There were hundreds of Redwing and Fieldfare, with small groups of Skylark and flocks of Lapwing. Small groups of Snipe were dropping in or being flushed from the wet grass, and I disturbed an excellent Woodcock from the corner of a field. The best bird was probably a Mistle Thrush which flew across - my first in Guernsey for over a year!

I had a bit more time before I had to be back so I headed down to the Old Aerodrome where an Avocet had been discovered during the morning. It showed well, rather conveniently, on the saltmarsh by the road. There were also many winter birds scattered across the Aerodrome, including plenty of Golden Plovers and a few Common Gulls. Overall an excellent couple of hours in the field. With more cold easterlies predicted over the weekend, perhaps more birds will arrive.





Avocet, Old Aerodrome

Categories: 2009-2010 Winter